So, this morning when I was running, I was thinking...
Oh, yeah, about that. Well, I know I said I wasn't going to run today, but I have a good excuse! Seriously! I looked at the calendar and realized I have to move things around this week. I'm getting color added to my tattoo on Wednesday afternoon and I won't be able to wear a sports bra (i.e. run) for at least 4-5 days, so I want to get my runs in before then. Makes complete sense, right? Nevermind that patience post from yesterday. ;)
First off, I ran 3 miles STRAIGHT. Yep. STRAIGHT! I think that's the first time I have done that. I usually take a minute to walk and so this is a big deal to me. I broke my 11 minute pace as well and did it at a 10:58 pace, so that felt really good. I actually don't think my pace changed at all, but not having that minute or two in there walking made it seem that way.
Onto the point. Sorry. So, I was thinking about mantras when I was running. I had looked around the web, thinking that having something to push myself or repeat in my head might be nice while running, but I didn't find anything I could actually remember. It has to be easy, or I forget, so no long quotes about strength and perseverance for me! Instead, I just let my mind go where it wanted, and realized that I have a couple mantras that push me through when I need it.
The first was "SETTLE INTO IT.". I have no idea why I tell myself this, but I do it quite a bit and it really helps me slow myself down a bit, focus on my form, and BREATHE. Sometimes I tell myself to breathe as well, but usually just the settle into it works.
The second was one that really helped when I wanted to walk. Today I really wanted to keep running because I knew I could and wanted to run the whole time. So, I just kept repeating to myself "I am a RUNNER." It really helped! And I FEEL like a runner today!
So, anyone out there have any mantras they use when running or working out that keep them going and give them an extra boost? (such an assumption that anyone is actually reading this blog! LOL)