Favourite Mantra

Another lovely sunny day in Paisley today. This morning I spent a hour or so cutting the grass so by the time I went out for a run I was feeling the effects on my shoulders!

I needed to pay in a couple of cheques so I combined my run with a visit to the bank. Who says men can’t multi-task!!

Another easy run but once again I realise that heat and me don’t go too well together. I’m already hoping for an overcast day on 30th April for the Fling!

Another exellent article by Sam Murphy in the May edition of Runners World. The title is ‘Fighting talk’ and starts on page 77. It’s all about the power of the mind and the benefits of positive thinking.

Ever since I started running many, many years ago I’ve always used mantra’s to keep me going and especially since starting ultra running five years ago they have become even more important to me.

The importance of positive thinking in my running was really emphasised when I listened to Jack Black last November. Since then I’ve been consciously practising repeating certain mantra’s when I feel I’m starting to struggle. Not sure how it works but it certainly seems to help me!

In the article Sam summarises how to put together your perfect phrase …

1. Keep it short
2. Stay positive
3. Make it energetic
4. Embed instructions

One of my favourites is ‘Slow and Steady’. My friend Renita encouraged me with the story of the hare and tortoise. I’ve added in an extra bit ‘Slow and steady – make it last’. In my first whw I tended to push when I was feeling good but it never lasted very long.

Now I try and keep a steady pace and make it last as long as possible.

I have lots of other mantra’s that keep me going on certain sections on the whw. For example on the section from Inversnaid to Beinglas I repeat over and over ‘Run when I can, walk when I have to.’

When I start to struggle I now repeat to myself, ‘You are strong’ ‘You are fit.’ It does seem to be helping me so I’m going to keep on doing it.

So over the next few days I’ll be working on the mantra’s that I’ll need to see me to the end of the Highland Fling.

Thomas B has written his report of his sub 3hr marathon at Vienna. It’s a great read. If you enjoy it leave a comment for him.

Tues 19th April Run Details
5.42miles in 41mins 19secs (7.38pace)

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3 Responses to Favourite Mantra

  1. Santababy says:

    your *run when i can* quote was something i kept saying on our last training run there the weekend of the party. It might only be few steps sometimes but it's still a run!

  2. I AM A WARRIOR :-) I might not work, but it certainly makes me laugh.

  3. I read that article too and realised I have some mantras:

    You can do it
    Run Strong
    Stay Strong
    This is easy
    Just run
    Relax
    Keep going
    Make your Dad proud

    :-D

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