The Magic of Mantras

A blog or two ago I had spoken about a phrase that kept me going while running races. “Strong Legs, Strong Legs.”  I did not know that there was a word for that.  The Sanskrit word “mantra” literally means “instrument for thinking.”  So what makes a good mantra? One that’s short, positive, instructive, and full of action words. It doesn’t matter if the words are spoken out loud or said only in your head, these words or phrases can have a powerful effect in giving you that extra push you need to keep going.  When running gets its toughest, relying on a running mantra, or a few simple words or phrases, can have a huge effect on how you perform mentally.

If you don’t have your own running mantra, or you’re looking for a new one, try one of these the next time you hit a rough patch during one of your runs.

“Strong Legs…Strong Legs” -This is my personal mantra that keeps me going during my runs.

“Just keep swimming..”  – Disney fans!


“Let it go.”-  This one is cool because it can also reminds you to let all of those negative thoughts your thinking and maybe pain your feeling go away.  And for those Disney fans you can always sing this mantra, instead of just repeating it in your head.  This song is actually on my run list.

“Suck it up buttercup!”

“Strong legs, fast feet”


“Think strong, be strong, finish strong.”

On Monday, May 26, 2014 I ran in the Run for the Heroes 5K.  It wasn’t my best time but it was a really good race for a good cause.  To give thanks to all those men and women who we call HEROES for fighting for our country.



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