I Need A Running Mantra!

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to say that I completely respect any runners who can run long races close together and train for them correctly.  In fact, I respect any runners who can stick to their training plans.  That was me a few weeks ago, but it’s not me now and I’m kind of a hot mess.

20140225-231537.jpgCan I just skip to this part of the race?

Half #2 is in TWO DAYS and I’m not really sure how to feel about it.  I’ve been running less runs per week and shorter longer runs that I had planned.  And ever since Disney Princess, my feet have been strangely hurting.  I’ve always trusted my super comfy Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s to get my feet across the finish line in one piece, but after my half I had a weird pain on the top outer corner of my feet.  The people at Road Runner Sports suggested these super expensive inserts that got molded to fit my feet because they thought the pain was from my overpronation, but after 3 runs in them over a 2 week period of time the foot pain was so awful that I could barely walk.  Looks like they’re going back.  My shoes were inspected and they told me that they’re still in great shape and seem to be wearing well, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.  All I know is that my feet hurt now, and that mixed with the pain that I always get on the back of my knees after running are making me crazy nervous for this race.  Yesterday I ran an easy 3.1 miles as my final workout before the race, and while I enjoyed running through RCSP I did notice that both areas felt a bit uncomfortable.  Not enough to stop me from running or make me say I was hurt, but it was still there and I know it will be there on Sunday.  Of course I’m going to run this race and I’m going to try to do the best I can.  But I don’t want to get an injury so I may have to reevaluate my goals.  In fact, I just have one goal now:


I’ve got other half marathons coming up this year (more info on that next week!) and I can try to PR there.  I can take a slight break from training after this race and try to get back into fun, easy running so that my feet can get back to normal.  And then I’ll train like I did for Disney and totally rock those other races.  I might even get a sub 2:30, who knows?  But that won’t be happening on Sunday.  On Sunday I’m going to go out for a nice run with 10,000 other people past the Liberty Bell, the Schyulkill River, and the Art Museum.  I might even run up those stairs after the race (okay maybe not!) after eating my post-race pretzels and chocolate.  I’ll wear that medal all day and walk around saying things like “Oh I ran a half marathon today, no big deal” because I’ve always wanted to say that to people.  And that’s all that really matters.  PRs don’t always happen, but I do want to make sure this race is one I’ll always remember as being an amazing experience, not one I injured my feet on.

And this is where you all come in!  I briefly wrote about this race on Monday and said that this little phrase was going to be my running mantra for the race:


Because I do know that even with the weird foot issues and the light training I can get through those 13.1 miles.  And I will do it somehow.  But I think I need a few more sayings to motivate me.  I know it’s going to be tough and all these fears and “what ifs” are scaring me right now and I need to mentally get back on track.  So share with me your favorite running mantra!  What gets you through those tough miles?

And to help me get through each mile, I’m dedicating this race to my grandpa.  He hadn’t been able to run (or walk) pain-free in years and I’ve got the ability to run as far as I want every day.  So those 13.1 miles are going to be for him  ❤  Hopefully remembering him will get me across the finish line with a smile on my face!

Have you ever felt unprepared for a longer race?  Have you ever run a race with weird foot/leg pain and was it a bad idea?  And what’s your running mantra that gets you through the tough parts of racing?

13 thoughts on “I Need A Running Mantra!

  1. I’m currently training for my first half marathon and my mantras change from day to day. Sometimes it’s, “Are you dying? No? Then keep going.” Other days it’s, “Push it.” However my most common one is, “You’ve got this.” Especially if your goal is simply to finish, trust the training you’ve done, think of your grandpa, and go out striving to do the best you can. Good luck!

  2. I love that you are dedicating this race to your grandpa. I lost my uncle right before a half marathon in 2012 and thing about him definitely got me through the tough parts – and there were a lot of tough parts that race. My running mantra is usually “keep moving forward.” Good for running and for life!

  3. I remind myself “just one foot in front of the other.” And to always “keep on smiling.” I have a friend who says “one more mile, one more smile.” Sometimes I steal that as well. 🙂

  4. Good luck! I tell myself “show me how much you want this” and “you’ve worked so hard, now it pays off!” If all else fails “just keep moving!” Be careful with the foot – although it’s not the smartest, I often push through smaller pains for races, too, but if it’s REAL, injury-like pain, be sure you stop! Hoping that you have some big PRs in your future!

  5. Oh, girl, you know I have! Haha last weekend was a prime example. I would just say try not to overanalyze it too much, take it slow and walk if you have to. You’re going to be great. Once this is over, take a little time off it and then go from there. 🙂 Good luck this weekend!

  6. That’s a lovely mantra. You know I’m totally with you. It suuuucks that your foot is giving you pain, but seriously, think about how awesome it’ll be to know you can take some time off after this!

  7. Good Luck this weekend! You’re going to do great. My mantra is “run tall, run strong, run smooth.” It’s gotten me through some tough miles and reminds me of my form, instead of focusing on the painful aspects.

  8. My mantras vary from run to run. Yesterday was “less than 8 minutes to go” as I was running my fastest mile since middle school but for most races it’s “I can do this.”

    Good luck this weekend!

  9. I think you have a great attitude towards the race. I think I put too much pressure on myself to get a certain time goal. I need to chill out and enjoy the race. I will try and remember you are out there and to just enjoy the experience! I don’t have a mantra, but I do give myself pep talks. Haha. Hopefully no one hears me!

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