Ok, so getting out the door is most times the hardest part of running but sometimes I lag in the middle of a run. In the beginning I would try the grade school trick. Remember that one? Telling yourself that can run until that next tree or as far as the green mailbox. You could take a walking break if you just reached the next block. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it just made me cranky. Finding myself cranky in the middle of a run was almost worse than lagging.
As I can’t exactly use Pinterest while running to look at inspirational images, I needed something else. A year or so back I stumbled across an article on Runners World by Christie Aschwanden about mantras. It talked about how a key word or phrase could really get you back in the game. Ok, so just words? I could totally do that! So I set out to make the perfect mantra. I wanted it to be cool and maybe look good on a shirt. Easy right? Yeah, not so much. I tried numerous possibilities that aren’t even worth remembering. Some were famous slogans and some were horrible creations of my own. Nothing stuck.
What finally ended up working sounded a lot like a little Disney fish. Once I was out for a run and starting to drag, when I just started saying “Just keep running, just keep running”, over and over again. Not sure where that came from but it worked! I even made myself a screensaver for my phone.
Anyone have any mantras of their own that they want to share?