When I did my first race, someone advised me to have a few running quotes or mantras in my head for when the going got tough. Believe me, it certainly got tough!
I know that for many runners, repeating a mantra really helps but for me I find that all I can concentrate on is getting one foot in front of the other and trying to get into a rhythm. And they way I do that is to count to 8 in my head. Bizarre I know but it really works and makes the race seem shorter.
I suggest that you find a small phrase (or count like me) and whenever you feel you are struggling, say it over and over again. Below are some of my favorites that I found on the internet.
It Never Gets Easier. You Just Get Stronger.
JUST RUN. Pain is nothing like what it feels to quit.
Run for a good cause.
A MILE is a MILE no matter how long it took.
RUN your own RACE.
Tough times don't last.Tough people do.
Every day is a good day when you run. Kevin Nelson
Run for the finish line, even if someone got there first.
It's not so much that I began to run, but that I continued. Hal Higdon
Life is good. Running just made it better.Patrick Concepcion
Born to Run. Trained to win.
Love the hills and they will love you back.
Pass them, don't pace them.
If you follow their footsteps, you'll never win.
The battle is between me and myself.
I always thought of running as just dancing forward. Tom Hiddleston
If you give up now, you'll never know if you could have done it.
The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare. Juma Ikangaa
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryun
The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
As we run, we become. Amby Burfoot
It's not as hard as you think it is.
Train, rest, run, repeat.
If you have any favorite running sayings or quotes, please feel free to share them! You can contact me here.