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Please, please VOTE for Operation Beautiful to win the Amway Positivity Project!  If we win, $10,000 goes to Girls on the Run International, a self-esteem building program for 8 – 10 year old girls that has helped over 1 million young ladies (and the program I coach for).  No registration required to vote – just a little click!  πŸ™‚

 

Anywho – How goes it this morning?  I’m wonderful – I actually made it to hot yoga and had a wonderful 1 hour sweat session.  Tapering for Saturday’s morning is starting to make me β€œitch,” and yoga was the perfect cure.  I thought about running today, but I’m going to continue to play it safe and take today off again.  Must… rest… legs!

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Pre-yoga breakfast:

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Two pieces of peanut butter toast with Baked Apple on top.  Mmm.

 

Marathon Medal Display Giveaway!

 

Allied Steel saw the glowing review of I did yesterday of their medal displays and decided to give two lucky HTP readers their own displays!

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You can choose my Pride is Forever hanger or another one of their cool displays, such as:

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment with your favorite mid-workout motivational mantra (mine is: β€œpain is temporary, quitting is forever”).  I’ll pick two winners tomorrow morning randomly.

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  • Cyndi October 26, 2010, 9:42 am

    “Strong and Steady.” It’s simple but just got me through my first marathon!

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) October 26, 2010, 9:43 am

    Take pride in how far you have come…Have faith in how far you will go!

  • Syl October 26, 2010, 9:45 am

    “You are stronger than you think you are” – got me through my half marathon πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer October 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    My husband was in the Marines (he hurt his back while in, and wasn’t able to re-enlist) so my favorite saying has got to be “Pain is weakness leaving the body”

  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    It’s up to you to go anywhere!

  • Erica October 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    My mantra is “Just breathe”

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    “One step at a time. You can do this.”

  • Jessica October 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    “Just keep running, just keep running… what do we do, we RUN!”

  • Jazz October 26, 2010, 9:47 am

    Mine is “when I get home I can eat” haaha.. seriously works…

  • Ali October 26, 2010, 9:47 am

    My favorite motivational phrase is, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” That is what got me through Miles 20-26.2 of my first marathon πŸ™‚

  • Anne October 26, 2010, 9:47 am

    “Just one more minute, just one more. then you can walk”. Of course, I never end up doing it, but it helps me get through the rough spots!!

  • Kaitlin October 26, 2010, 9:47 am

    I like your mantra (which i use often) or “you are so much stronger than you think” or the lyric “rock this out like it’s dynomite!”

    πŸ™‚

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 9:48 am

    What a great giveaway! Mine is, “If this were easy, everyone would do it.” Love the blog!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) October 26, 2010, 9:48 am

    I would LOVE to win one of these! I added the lady running by the buildings to my wish list yesterday. πŸ™‚

    My favorite mantra is “My body is not a burden.” I learned it in yoga and I like it because it reminds me that the pain and exhaustion I’m feeling isn’t a burden – it’s a gift, because it means my body is working and working hard!

  • Jen October 26, 2010, 9:48 am

    When I am running, I think to myself, “Road runner, road runner. Goin’ hundred miles per hour.” (It’s from MIA’s Bamboo Banga song)

    On the bike, though, I don’t really have a mantra, but because I always ride hills, it’s usually, “You’re almost at the top.” Haha

  • Karla October 26, 2010, 9:48 am

    I Can Do This – I repeat it over and over again when I want to give up.

  • Elizabeth October 26, 2010, 9:48 am

    Everything you need – you already have!

  • Katie @ Keepingupwithkatie October 26, 2010, 9:49 am

    My favorite mid-workout motivation is “You lost 50, you can do this”. Or I will think about people I know who have done things that are amazing, like my sister who had a natural childbirth after 24 hours in labor. That is something to knock your socks off and make an 11 mile run easy-peasy.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 26, 2010, 9:49 am

    You can DO this

  • Evan Thomas October 26, 2010, 9:49 am

    As simple as it is, “You CAN do it” always pushes me.

  • Erica October 26, 2010, 9:49 am

    I think I got my mantra from your blog, actually. I can’t find the original author of the quote, but it’s “There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.” I love it and it works every time πŸ™‚

  • Michele October 26, 2010, 9:49 am

    “Focus on breathing; you’re almost done”

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story October 26, 2010, 9:50 am

    I found myself using your mantra quite a bit during my half marathon on Sunday, but my favorite “Enjoy the moment” it may sound strange, but when I’m running (distance especially) I find myself focusing on my breathing, the pain, obsessing about how much farther to go, my speed, etc. If I remind myself “Enjoy the moment” I do just that, I take a moment to soak up the environment around me, hear what other runners are talking about or the volunteers are saying and I take the moment to appreciate the fact that I am achieving such an amazing thing. That always puts extra pep in my step. πŸ™‚

  • Jenn Sutherland October 26, 2010, 9:50 am

    “Light. Quick. Strong.”

    When my form begins to break in the middle of a long race, just breathing in and out with these words helps me tune up, dial in and get to that finish line.

  • Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit October 26, 2010, 9:50 am

    Mine is always “Cutting corners in practice leads to cutting corners in the race. Cutting corners in the race leads to cutting corners in life. Cutting corners in life means you lose! I’m NOT going to lose!”

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 26, 2010, 9:50 am

    I want to do hot yoga..I need to find a studio here that does it. I think my husband would keel over though if he went with me. “Don’t put off now what you can do later, because something will get in the way later”!

  • Gina October 26, 2010, 9:51 am

    “The faster you run, the faster you’re done.” Helps with running up hills!

  • Megan October 26, 2010, 9:51 am

    If I’m in the middle of a hard workout, I find a “longer is stronger” mantra works well to push me through!

  • hippierunner October 26, 2010, 9:51 am

    My mantra is “You are strong, you can do it! Push!”.

  • Kaci October 26, 2010, 9:51 am

    ImPossible is my mantra…I used this through out my entire training and in everyday life! =)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 26, 2010, 9:52 am

    Love your mantra Caitlin! One of my favourites is “The only person stopping you is you.”

  • kilax October 26, 2010, 9:52 am

    My favorite mid-run mantra is “this is all mentral.” Usually, it is!

  • Angela October 26, 2010, 9:52 am

    I voted for you! I have coached for Girls on the Run in the past and it is a GREAT organization! My mantra is more of a general one for working out, “Obsession is just a word the lazy use to descirbe the dedicated.” Also, more related to running, “If my legs get tired, I run with my heart.”

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 9:52 am

    I always think to myself “there will be a day when you cannot do this- today is not that day”- really brings home that I have the ability and helps me stay strong.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma October 26, 2010, 9:52 am

    Via the Nike Women website: “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

  • Bethany October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    Slow and Steady, Slow and Steady…..

    I just repeat that to myself over and over. Because I am oh, so very slow! πŸ™‚

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    Keep going…you are strong…look how far you have come!

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie) October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    “You’re a fighter, FIGHT!” and the lyrics to “Fighter” comes into my head “I am a fighter, I ain’t gonna stop. There is no turning back.”

  • Cathy October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    “you’re so much stronger than you think.” Always helps when I’m dragging during runs.

  • Theodora October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    I either think “you lost 50 pounds, you can do this!!!” or “I can get through a few minutes of anything!”

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    When my runs get tough I always remind myself “Your body is so much stronger then you think it is. Look how far it’s taken you already.” πŸ™‚ I also like the comment above me about the faster you run, the faster you’re done!

  • Jen @ She said. She said. October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    You are amazing. You are strong.

  • SaraRM October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    I dont have a “mantra” per say but I always think about people who arent physically capable of running and how lucky I am just to be able to put run front in front of the other and run! That always pushes me further and harder.

    • SaraRM October 26, 2010, 9:54 am

      ***put one foot in front of the other an run!!!!!

      • Carol Blanchfield October 26, 2010, 10:56 am

        Laugh as much as you breathe ,
        My daughter is my inspriation, to continue to stay healthy and walk

  • Macey October 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    My favorite mid workout mantra comes from Jillian michaels. “you don’t get to quit when it burns, that’s when it’s working!”

  • Sarah S-F October 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    Thanks Caitlin and Allied Steel. My mantra is simple…just “You Can Do This”. I think of anyone who has exercised or done something more epic than me and I just say if they can do that, You Can Do This.

  • Shannon October 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    I was telling myself, “forward progress” during the marathon I did when I hit a big low.

  • izzlecanoe October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    My mantra “if you get to the top of this hill, you get to go down the other side.”

  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    Telling myself “YOU got this” when I’m having a hard time seems to always work. There’s something really motivating and self-assuring to hear myself say that and then believe it.

  • Leslie October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    “Run Like You Stole Something” – makes me laugh and keeps me pushing through

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    Oooh great giveaway! My mantra is “Surprise yourself” I love when you can see how every run, no matter the distance, builds on each other.

  • Carolyn October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do!”
    It gets me through those hills every time!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    My mantra is “You can do this; now shut up and RUN!” and sometimes if I need a laugh “Feed the warrior! Kill the coward within!” πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie October 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    I always think of my kids’ faces whenever I hit a tough spot during a run. The look of pride on their faces when they see me during a race or watch me finish is enough to push me through the hard times. Even when they’re not there (training runs) the knowledge that my actions make them stronger people just through example is enough to push me through.

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 9:56 am

    I just think of my brother, currently in the WW program and he can’t lift anything over five pounds, much less go for a run. I basically tell myself to shut up and stop whining. haha

  • Megan October 26, 2010, 9:56 am

    For going up hills, I like to say “hills are friends, hills are friends” because even though they hurt, they make me stronger!

  • Meghan October 26, 2010, 9:56 am

    One foot in front of the other

  • Jennifer (A Running Hokie) October 26, 2010, 9:56 am

    “Tomorrow, this will be over. Enjoy it now!”

  • Trista October 26, 2010, 9:56 am

    my mantra: you can do anything for five more minutes. It usually keeps me going a lot longer than five minutes!

  • Kim October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    “Finish what you started.”

  • Juliene October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    I love these displays. I just ran my first half and am already signed up for 3 more and cant wait to get more medals! I always chant to myself “No one knows your strength better than you, show them!” especially when I am feeling run down. It helps me get going because I always want to prove to everyone I can do it!

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    “Strength. Courage. Confidence.”

  • Trisha October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    I always ask my self when I want to quit or my run starts to get hard: I have done this how many times already and lived through it? I remind my self how good it felt at the end/finish line.

  • haya October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    mine is not so much of a mantra as a positive thought, and focusing on the moment when i finish and how awesome i will feel

  • Jocelyn @ EnthusiasticRunner October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    One step at a time!

  • emilie October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    I know this is silly, but my favorite mantra at the end of a really long run is: “I’m running. I’m running. I’m running. I’m running.” In miles 20 beyond, when your mind is so tired too, it really works.

    Your medals look great!

  • Maggie October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    I like “It’s only hard until it’s not.” And it’s true!

  • Valerie October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    My mantra is “just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” from Finding Nemo. Sounds childish, but the message is what I need to hear – just keep going! Plus, it makes me giggle, which always brightens my mood. Sometimes that’s all you need!

  • Mary October 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    My mantra is “be thankful.” During my first half-marathon, when I was hitting the wall and feeling like I couldn’t go on, I passed a man pushing his son in a wheelchair, and I thought that I should just be thankful that my legs can run!
    I would love to pick up that Pigs Fly display since I am from Cincinnati and the Pig was my first marathon :-).

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 9:58 am

    I have two mantra: the good old Nike expression of “Just do it” which comes in handy during tough speedworkout session but during a race I aways think “pain is just weakness leaving the body” it helps me to feel stronger to push harder and finish strong.

  • Chelsea @ healthsea October 26, 2010, 9:58 am

    I have two, kind of separate ones: “Just keep going”, which is simple but still inspiring, and then “Treat yourself with compassion”, for when I’m beating myself up for not reaching my goals.

  • Camille October 26, 2010, 9:58 am

    Oooh, I have had their website pulled up for the past 24 hours debating is I have the money to buy a medal holder. Winning one would be sooo much better!
    I always picture the finish line and imagine the feeling of crossing it. It’s not a mantra as much as an image, but it works for me!

  • Tara October 26, 2010, 9:58 am

    If I am feeling tired, bored, or wanting to get the run over with I say to myself “enjoy what is around you right now” and I get distracted by all the beauty of the outdoors. What also motivates me is knowing that there are so many people who cannot run like we do (although I wish more could) for a variety of reasons so I feel proud that I am able to make my body go the way it does.

    I love these medal displays. I showed the link to my husband yesterday and told him it would be on my Christmas list. I wish I had known about them sooner, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! xoxo

  • Carrie October 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    “good races:” Have fun.
    “bad races:” The faster you go, the sooner it’s over.

  • Diana at Diana tries a Tri October 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    I usually tell myself, ‘Feel how strong your body is.’ If I can focus on how far I’ve come and how each muscle is working hard, I can give myself a little push.

  • krista October 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    I just tell myself it’s temporary and I’ll be so proud when I finish. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I welcome the break to take it easy!
    Krista

  • Amy* October 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    My mantra is “I can do this. I can do this.” Simple and effective. If I’m really hurting, I put on the song “The Best Around” and sing it really loudly.*

  • Kristin October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    “Because I can!” I had this on my marathon bib last weekend. Plus it reminds me of all the people who don’t have a choice and cannot inflict physical challenges on their bodies — surely I can get through a silly blister or being a little tired.

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    I’ve always liked “The pain of discipline or the pain of regret” but when i’m out there, 8 miles from home, beating the pavement….all I can think of “run strong, run strong, strong.”

  • DeAnna October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    My favorite is to tell myself “You can do anything for 5 minutes” because I know it’s true. Usually once those 5 minutes are over I’m good to go for however much of the run is left. If not, I say it again! πŸ™‚

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    Mainly: “You Can’t Quit!” I may not be good at committing to training and I may not be fast but I am determined to finish. It also helps to think about the fact that I know my body can handle it and that it is all mental.

  • Erin D. October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    I think I stole my hard-time mantra from Heather at HangryPants: If you can, you must! It’s on my Road ID, too!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    “You are so strong. You can do this. Keep going”. I say that a hundred times during almost any workout!

    Good luck on the positivity contest!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    Mine is one of my favorite quotes: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    My favorite mantra is “have fun, relax and finish what you started.” If I’m not having fun, running isn’t worth it.

  • Jamie October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    “Ice Ice Baby” Okay, I’ll be honest, when I hit a point in my run where I want to stop, I’ll find Vanilla Ice on my iPod (or in my head if I’m not wearing the iPod). It always puts a little more pep in my step!

  • Danielle October 26, 2010, 10:01 am

    When I’m feeling unmotivated on a run I always think:

    “I won’t regret pushing as hard as I can but I’ll regret giving up”

  • Ali October 26, 2010, 10:01 am

    Mine is from Finding Nemo: “Just keep Swimming”. No matter what, it helps me keep going, even if I’m running 12-minute miles by the end!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green October 26, 2010, 10:02 am

    I usually just tell myself that “pain is temporary” and “you can do this”, it got me through the end of my half marathon!!!

  • Kristi October 26, 2010, 10:02 am

    My favorite is “The body Achieves What the Mind Believes” for me it is a head game and keeping my mind fierce and clear gets me to the finish! Good luck on your marathon this weekend!

  • Cassie October 26, 2010, 10:03 am

    I always liked the quote by Lowell Thomas as a mid-workout mantra: Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.

  • Carrie October 26, 2010, 10:03 am

    4 1/2 marathons later my mantra is: I can do this…keep going!!!

  • ali October 26, 2010, 10:03 am

    “I love my body, I love my family, I love myself”

  • Anna @ History Running Girl October 26, 2010, 10:03 am

    One foot in front of the other! You’ve done this junk before.

    Usually after a full minute of saying why the heck did I sign up for this.

  • rachel October 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    My mantra is a throwback to when my parent’s used to read to me as a kid: “I think I can, I think I can . . .”

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    My running mantra is “harder… better… faster… stronger…” Helps so much!

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    Finish what you started.
    Mid-workout, or in other situations, this keeps me going

  • Book Worm Runs October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    I voted! :o) I have all kinds of stuff I tell myself but the ones I use most often are “You are stronger than you know” and “You are so lucky to be able to do this…a lot of people would do anything to be able to run!! You got this!!”. Sometimes I even talk to myself outloud if it is really tough! :o) LOL!

  • Ami October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    I like to count backwards. “Only 3 more miles to go, only 2.5 miles to go, etc”. It makes the goal seem not to far away!

  • Lea October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    When I am exercising and there is a point where I want to mentally stop, I usually think “This too, shall pass” from the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding. Then I end thinking of the movie and then I usually end pushing through the mental hurdle.

  • kelsey October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    My favorite is a quote that I live my whole life by,

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    There are lots of versions of this quote floating around, but I always substitute words for the ending…

    I must BE the change I wish to see in my body.
    I must BE the change I wish to see in my heart.
    I must BE the change I wish to see in my life. πŸ˜€

    <3

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    I remind myself that 2.5 years ago I couldnt walk around the block! I also tell myself just 1 more mile…

  • Tracy October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    My mantra is “you finish what you start” and I keep repeating in my head…”I can do this because I am worth it”

  • Katie B. October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    I always tell myself: “you are capable of more then you think you are” and “you are a machine!” πŸ™‚

  • Cathy October 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    I tell myself to “just take one more step” over and over.

  • Tricia October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    It is ok to be uncomfortable. Keep going!!

  • abbi October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    I don’t know that I really have a mantra, but probably, just ‘Never give up, never’

  • Meghan October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    You are SO MUCH stronger than you think

  • Ilana October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    “Just keep swimming”, a la Finding Nemo

  • April October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    My favorite mantras are:
    “Run with Perseverance the Race that is Set Before You”
    and
    “There will be a day I can not do this…today is NOT that day”

  • Carolyn October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    My mantra is a throw back from a really old Christmas movie about Kris Kringle… he’s explaining walking – “One foot in front of the other – and soon you’ll be walking out the door!”

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

    My favorite mantra is … “Breathe”.

    πŸ™‚

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    I don’t have a specific mantra but I tend to tell myself something along the lines of “just do your best, all you can do is your best and your best is enough”. I’m working on being NICER to myself and using positive motivation rather than negative motivation!

  • leah October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    right! left! right! left! seriously, when I’m hurting at the end of the race I ignore the “pain” and just think “right, left, right left!” to keep my legs going til the end!

  • LeeAnn October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    “Keep moving, it is only a couple more miles!”

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    I saw these displays at the Diva’s Half Marathon Expo in Long Island earlier this month and made a mental note to add them to my “Dear Santa” list. I use my medals a Christmas tree ornaments!

    I don’t have a set mid-way mantra that I use each time. I usually think about my family and friends who are proud of me and think about how far I’ve come in this runner journey.

    Some of the other phrases I think about are
    “I’m gonna go ‘head and go boldly”
    “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
    “The slower you go, the longer it will take.”
    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. It’s that I had to courage to start”
    “You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go!”

  • Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    My running mantra is usually a mile countdown, or a variation of “Shower. Beer. Cookies. Pancakes. Bacon.”

  • Kate October 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    I remind myself how lucky I am to have a strong, healthy body!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    Mine is – “If it’s hard, it means you’re growing.”

    WITH the caveat that pain and discomfort should be monitored and checked out if it’s a problem!

  • Jessica October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    I used to use yours, actually πŸ˜‰ but I’ve just recently switched to “I work too hard to accept defeat” (borrowed from the Phillies opening video).

  • Macrae October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    Completeing a 1:30 half last Sunday my matra is, “I can do all thing through Him who strenghthens me.”
    Never lets me down!

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    I usually say “Take this home.” It always gives me the energy to sprint at the end!

  • Kirsten Cederberg October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    “She said she could, so she did.”

  • The Linz (Destination 26.2) October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    Such a great giveaway! My mantra is “Commit Everyday To Excellence”. I especially think of this mantra when I’m working out and maybe having an off day. Then I remember I want to achieve excellence in my workout and it boosts me up!

  • Ashley (whole-ier) October 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    I always tell myself “you can do anything for 5 minutes” then after 5 minutes I tell myself that again.

  • Karen October 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    If I struggle during a run, I’ll focus on my form and my breathing and tell myself, repeatedly, that what I’m doing is an incredible luxury, and that I should be very thankful that I have the ability to run six, or ten, or twenty miles on a beautiful trail.

  • Bonnie October 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    I have a few running mantras, depending on the intensity & duration of the run. If I’m trying to kick it in: “Toes, toes, toes; light, light, light!” It keeps me moving fast & feeling light & strong as I head for home!

    If I’m just out enjoying some movement, my mantra is either “Huck it huge!” (my way of saying “God big or go home!” or “Give it everything!”) or “I.AM.ALIVE.”

    Thinking of these thoughts & “singing” them in my head with my footfalls keeps me moving & enjoying my run – I’m so grateful for a healthy body! Thanks for this post; glad to think about this (& what a fun giveaway)!

  • Meredith October 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    “If you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.” Dean Karnazes’ dad (from the book Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    You are stronger than you think you are! So true, because I never in a million years thought I’d be a runner, but I’m running my first 5k on Halloween!

  • Miranda October 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    “You can do this!”

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 10:10 am

    I constantly tell myself “One foot in front of the other, you can do this.” and my high school coach has ingrained in me that “One day you will not be able to do this, now is the time to push yourself!”

  • Amber October 26, 2010, 10:10 am

    I definitely have runs/workouts that I need to pep talk myself through, and what works for me is reminding myself that I am strong, and I am fast, and most importantly, I am capable. Whenever I think of my physical abilities in terms of what I CAN do rather than what I wish I could do, I persevere.

  • Liz October 26, 2010, 10:10 am

    I’m so excited you are doing this giveaway! I went to the website after you posted yesterday and am aching for one of these. My favorite mantra which I put on the back of my shirt I will be wearing in my marathon this weekend:
    “One day you will not be able to do this. Today is not that day.”

  • Lee October 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    I usually need the motivation for just one more mile or 10 more minutes or something so I just say “You can do ANYTHING for 10 more minutes!”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    “Mind over matter”. or another one could be “Just Run” (a little shout out to Lady Gaga’s Just Dance πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    Every step/rep makes me stronger/fitter/faster/healthier

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    Mine is: “You are stronger thank you think you are.” And a simple “Come on, Lisa! You can do it!” works pretty well too.

  • AnneJuliet October 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    Anne, you have never regretted a workout, but if you quit now, you’ll regret it. You are healthy and strong, honor that.

  • Lauren @ laurenINlawrence October 26, 2010, 10:12 am

    Definitely “you can do anything for five minutes”

  • Terri October 26, 2010, 10:12 am

    “One more breath” – and I say it on each breath – sometimes for quite a long time. No idea why it works – it just does! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

  • Ericka October 26, 2010, 10:12 am

    Pain is temporary, pride is forever!

  • Crystal October 26, 2010, 10:12 am

    Sat Nam! Which has nothing to do with running, it means “truth is my identity.” It helps me focus on my breath and I use it during meditation as well!

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 10:13 am

    “You are a machine”

  • Brianna October 26, 2010, 10:13 am

    “You are stronger than you think you are!”

  • Mikaela October 26, 2010, 10:14 am

    It may not be all that healthy or wise in the literal translation but I use Yoda’s “do or do not, there is no try.” Depending on my mood it makes me laugh and I forget why I was bogged down in the first place or I genuinely ponder the meaning and that distracts me the rest of the workout!!

  • Danielle October 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    I always tell myself “You are stronger than you think!” πŸ™‚ It’s true!

  • Stephanie October 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    Just keep going, you’ll reach your goal as long as you don’t stop moving.

  • Bonnie October 26, 2010, 10:16 am

    I have a few running mantras that roll through my mind, depending on the intensity & duration of the run. If I’m trying to kick it in, I sing to myself, “Toes, toes, toes; Light, light, light.” It keeps me feeling light, strong, & fast as I head toward home!

    For an enjoyable, more casual run, I say either “Huck it huge!” periodically (my phrase for “Just do it!”) or “I.AM.ALIVE.” They both make me feel grateful for a body that can move & help me celebrate what I’m capable of. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for this post – fun to think about! & what a great giveaway!

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    When I need to push myself I usually stick with “you can do this” and I just remind myself of how I feel when it is over and I know that I have completed what I wanted to.

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    I like to think back on funny things I’ve heard my friends/family say. Two of my faves are “Nuts n’ guts!” and “I *invented* marathons!” They always get me laughing!

  • Kindra C October 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    “You are so much stronger than you think” and “Pain is weakness leaving the body”

  • Britt October 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    This is going to sound ridiculous but my mantra is “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Gotta love Dory from Finding Nemo. For some reason this actually works for me AND it makes me laugh a little which also helps :)A good mood is key to a good run!

  • kate October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    You can do anything for ___ minutes.
    Just try for ___ minutes.

  • Scott Lundgren October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stΓ€rker – Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1889
    translates to “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger”.

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    I love “I believe I can” and I’ll be chanting it through gritted teeth at mile 25 on Saturday – as I finish my first marathon!

  • Suzanne October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    When I am on a long training run, I like to imagine that the people in the cars going by are runners I passed earlier who already took a shower, got dressed, and are out doing errands. They did all that while I AM STILL RUNNING! Ha!

    OK, sounds weird but it helps!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    I always remind myself that I’m a strong woman and can do anything I set my mind to. I’m also kind of like you in the sense that I remember the pain I’m feeling at the time is nothing compared to the results I’ll see when it’s all said and done. πŸ™‚

  • Rachael October 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    “Every step I take is one more that I will never have to repeat!” πŸ™‚ Either that, or, “No matter how this run goes, it’s better than sitting on the couch!”

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    I’m currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon (this Sunday!), and my mantra is “I am strong, confident, prepared.” Saying these words to myself has definitely helped me push through my long runs!

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    LOVE the song “stronger” by kanye west, and I always think of the line…that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger πŸ™‚

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    Just voted for Operation Beautiful, good luck!!

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    I train with a group, so my main motivation is to keep running so I don’t get left behind! I also use the trick just keep running to the next lamp post, then the next, setting mini goals makes the distance seem smaller and I usually keep running!

  • Juli D. October 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    “Just one foot in front of the other.” – That’s all running is. I also voted in the Amway project, my H is actually a chem eng for the company – they do so much in way of charity in our town and I’m glad to see this new Positivity Project! πŸ™‚

  • Cristina October 26, 2010, 10:20 am

    My favorite mid-run mantra is “Every run is a gift”…it reminds me of all the people with heart conditions and other disabilities that make running impossible for them. Really puts things into perspective when I’m struggling to finish a long run.

  • stacey October 26, 2010, 10:20 am

    My mantra is “you are strong, you can do this”.

  • Becky at Flybynyght October 26, 2010, 10:20 am

    OMG – I NEED one of these! I currently have my medals on the end of a curtain rod – lol!

    My Mantra is “I’m not afraid” …Not afraid to fail, not afraid to succeed, not afraid of what challenges lay ahead. Of course the song by Eminem is prominent on my playlist πŸ™‚

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 10:21 am

    Mine is simple – I just repeat “you got this” over and over:)

  • Yin October 26, 2010, 10:21 am

    My mantra is, “Keep going, you could do this.”

  • Cathy K October 26, 2010, 10:21 am

    my favourite mantra is “this is tough, but we are tougher.”
    good luck this weekend, caitlin! and yes, rest the legs. there is absolutely nothing you can do running-wise this week to help with your race! “the hay is in the barn!” (another of my fave expressions!)

  • Amy H October 26, 2010, 10:22 am

    Eeek! I love these! I almost purchased one yesterday after seeing them on your blog. My motto is “Believe.” As in: believe in yourself, believe in your training, believe in your own determination, believe in your abilities, etc…

    Also, when I run up hills, chant to myself, “kill the hill.”

    Oh, and “that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

    I guess I’m a mantra kind of girl:)

  • Katie in DC October 26, 2010, 10:22 am

    My mantra: “running is supposed to be hard, you’re not dying, keep going!” Maybe not strictly “motivational” but works for me!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 26, 2010, 10:22 am

    We so, so, so badly need a medal display. Between the two of us, we have QUITE a few!

    My mid-workout mantra has always been “steady, strong, steady, strong.” It’s hard when injury strikes and even my mental/emotional strength can’t overcome my physical woes . . . but I’m hoping so much to be on the mend soon and earn my 2nd full marathon medal next month!

    Right now, I have a life mantra: “not not doesn’t mean not ever” — so if I am indeed unable to compete, I know the rest I’ll take will be healing me for my future races.

    <3

  • Danielle October 26, 2010, 10:22 am

    I love those medal displays – I’m moving this weekend and my fiancΓ© and I are starting a medal/race bib wall in our new place!

    I tend to repeat a bunch of things over and over when I find myself struggling through any part of a run. They ususally go something like this: “You want to stop now, but it won’t help you get to the finish line any faster on race day” … followed by “PR! PR!” and thoughts of all the amazing runners I follow on Twitter and the blogs I read, who are out doing the same thing, pushing themselves every day!

    I also enjoy “You own this. There are so many people that only dream of doing what you’re doing right now!”

  • Caroline October 26, 2010, 10:23 am

    I’ve never gotten much into mantras, but I will occasionally find myself thinking “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” on particularly tough hills.

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 10:23 am

    Ooh-I’d love to win one of these!

    I don’t have a mantra per say..but like the above commenter, I often think about how lucky I am to be strong and able to run long distances. I did a ten mile race a few months ago and the girl in front of me had a prosthetic leg. Seeing her made me think about how while I am lucky to be able to run, so are all of the people who don’t let a disability get in their way.

  • Nina October 26, 2010, 10:23 am

    My favorite mantra I actually first saw in the video you did about your triathlon. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.” I have it stuck on a post it note up in my cubicle at work.

  • Kimberly October 26, 2010, 10:24 am

    I’m stronger than the pain and the pain of giving up hurts worse!

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 26, 2010, 10:24 am

    You are soooooooo much stronger than you think!!

  • Kathryn October 26, 2010, 10:25 am

    I always tell myself, “No excuses. Just results. That’s how I operate.” It’s the motto of the CC team I used to help coach in Baton Rouge. It keeps me going!

  • Dawn October 26, 2010, 10:25 am

    “I’m a TIGER Shark” – way too much Shark Week on Discovery..:)

  • Robin October 26, 2010, 10:25 am

    “just keep pushing!”. I love these hangers. I have had one for a few years when this company was trying things out so I would love one of their current designs.

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 10:25 am

    My favorite thing to tell myself is “This is easy.”

  • Kathryn October 26, 2010, 10:26 am

    Awesome giveaway! I tell myself to ‘think happy thoughts’ and always think about how I will feel once I have completed the run!

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 10:26 am

    “Everything in Moderation” is one mantra and my other is “You just don’t know until you try”

  • Britne October 26, 2010, 10:26 am

    My husband and I run together and when one of us is getting down or tired the other yells “pain is weakness leaving the body”! I like that saying because getting through the pain will only make you stronger.

  • Elizabeth October 26, 2010, 10:27 am

    I have several things I tell myself when I’m struggling or thinking about stopping:
    I can do this.
    Just keep going.
    I deserve this.
    I was born for this.
    How do I want to feel?

    That last one ALWAYS works for me. I know I want to feel awesome later and moving now is what will get me there! πŸ™‚

  • lauren October 26, 2010, 10:27 am

    “Just put one foot in front of the other.”

  • Stephanie M. October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    Mine is simply “don’t have lazy feet”. When my boyfriend was giving me a tennis lesson, he told me that I have lazy feet…so now I use that in my running workouts as well. Whenever I start to get tired and slow down, I repeat this to myself to get my lazy feet moving quicker!

  • Sean @ Learn Fitness October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    I just tell myself, “I can do anything I set your mind to” … I’ve made it this far in my journey what’s a bit further.

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    I sya my mantra phrase, “flexible, reliable, resilent, strong” over and over. Otherwise, I like to count to ten and repeat. Great giveaway!

  • Casey October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    My favorite mid-run thought is how strong and wonderful my body is to carry me for miles, and I feel so much gratitude and amazement for how cool that is. Really, really keeps me going! My body is such a gift.

  • Tony October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    My Mantra is ” Get busy living or get busy dying” or “If it was easy everyone would be doing it”.

  • Dori October 26, 2010, 10:28 am

    I have two! My original (the one that is on my RoadID) is “In a mile you’ll be feeling fine.” It is from the Citizen Cope song “Son’s Gonna Rise” and I find it to be really soothing during a tough run. My other is one I said to myself during my last half when both my knees and one ankle were killing me for about 7 miles — “Don’t think, just run.” That helped me immensely.

  • Jordana October 26, 2010, 10:29 am

    “I never regret a workout!”

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 26, 2010, 10:29 am

    Perfect timing, I spent an hour looking at medal displays yesterday.

    I have a few favorite motivation quotes but the one that most resonates with me right now is:

    “”The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham

    I’ve been so flaky and inconsistent with my training (i’m new to running) so I chant this mentally when the beginning of a run is tough.

  • Trisha October 26, 2010, 10:29 am

    “Your are strong, you are fit”. I used to use this while swimming, saying each word with each stroke.

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 10:30 am

    My favourite mantra is this: “Pain is weakness leaving the body”.

  • Katie H. October 26, 2010, 10:30 am

    My mantra is “Your body is capable of accomplishing amazing things- do it!”

  • Krista (kristastes) October 26, 2010, 10:30 am

    Mine is “Only YOU can make you stronger.” Or “You got this!” I’m such a dork. πŸ™‚

  • Kim October 26, 2010, 10:30 am

    I always make a deal with myself to stay motivated. I tell myself that it’s ok to quit, but then I’m going to have to do this same workout all over again tomorrow. It works for me, I’ve never taken myself up on it.

  • the veg meg October 26, 2010, 10:30 am

    “Is one more minute really that big a deal?…….is one more minute really that big a deal?…etc.”

    “I came this far and I’M AWESOME!”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    I always use “You can do anything for ____” and fill in the blank, whether its a certain distance , or half an hour strength training

  • Beth October 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    I stole mine from Frayed Laces “Someday you will not be able to do this…today is not that day!” I also like “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

  • Emily October 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    Voted for you this morning, best of luck!! Also got in some yoga this morning, such a wonderful way to start you day (and get some amazing active rest). Hopefully some day I will have enough race medals to order one of those myself πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen October 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    I like to remind myself “Running is a metaphor for life… it’s the journey that matters, not the destination.”

  • Carly October 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    “You can do this. You KNOW you can do this.” and my new favorite, “There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.”

  • Dana October 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    “I run because I can.” I try to remember to be thankful for what my body allows me to do!

  • Nikki T October 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    “Nothing worth it is easy”

  • Laurel October 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    I ran the Army Ten Miler in DC this past weekend. I’d done that distance plenty of times, but I was worried about the time limit– I’m not a fast runner. We had to be at the five-mile mark at a certain time or we’d be detoured, and we made it with plenty of time to spare. The first thought that came to find when I crossed that mile marker was “I’ve got this”. And I did! That thought carried me through the rest of the race. It was easily one of the happiest runs I’ve ever had.

  • Linda October 26, 2010, 10:33 am

    “Never Give Up!!”

  • Kellie October 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    I just tell myself 5 more minutes and then you can rest and sure enough just getting through those 5min allows me to keep going the rest of the workout.

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    Great giveaway!! Mine is “Pain is weakness leaving the body”

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    Great giveaway!! Mine is “Pain is weakness leaving the body”

  • Katheryn October 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    I’ve prepared, so I can do this!

  • Carla October 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    It is kind of cliche, but mine is “JUST DO IT”, I love the “I run this town” one so much, I love any songs that use that phrase when running!

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    “Pain is temporary, your time on the internet is forever” πŸ™‚

  • Emily C. October 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    Someday you will not be able to do this; today is not that day.

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    Mine is “everything good is hard”- my synchronized swimming coach used to tell us this when we complained.

  • Dr. Jen October 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    My favourite mantra comes from my 71-year old running coaching who just completed the Amsterdam marathon. While we hill trained, he always said, “Big breaths, big breaths,” which of course sounded like “Big BREASTS, Big BREASTS.” We no longer get to train together because I moved, but this brings a smile to my face every time, AND it reminds me of a pretty impressive guy!

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    Mine is “You can do this. 5 more steps.”

    …& repeat!

  • Karen October 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    I always think, “Dig deep and be proud” which works well for my motivation. I also remind myself how lucky I am to even be able to run.

  • Erika October 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    As the time or distance counts down during a run or a race, I always think “you can do ANYTHING for 10min/2miles/etc.”

  • Alex October 26, 2010, 10:37 am

    It’s simple (and not very original), but I just say, “You CAN do this!”

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    “Pain is weakness leaving the body”

    Great giveaway!

  • Gwen October 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    Love these! My mid-workout mantra is actually a visualization – I picture my family cheering me on from the sidelines and feel so proud that I always keep pushing through!

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    This one has always helped me during races:
    FROM ISAIAH, CHAPTER 40: THOSE WHO WAIT UPON THE LORD WILL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH. THEY WILL MOUNT UP ON WINGS AS EAGLES. THEY WILL RUN AND NOT STUMBLE. THEY WILL WALK AND NOT FAINT

  • Liza October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    I don’t “say” anything but envision how good I will feel when I finish!!

  • Penny October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    “You can do this!” It’s the only thing that got me through my first 1/2 a couple weeks ago. Even though I only have one medal, I want this! πŸ™‚

  • Molly October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    Mine that I have used since I was a little runner at age 8 is, “Push through it!” 20 years of saying this mantra!

  • Jessica October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    “Pain today is strength tomorrow.” and sometimes I say “Just Breathe.”

  • miladybowen October 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    When I get tired, I force myself to pick up the pace and think “Let’s do this”
    It works for me!

  • Julia October 26, 2010, 10:40 am

    “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.”

  • Shayna October 26, 2010, 10:40 am

    “You got this, you will do it”
    When I was doing my long training runs I’d tell myself “you can eat all day after this”

  • Kelsey October 26, 2010, 10:40 am

    Just read through all of the mantras, how inspirational!

    My favorite one when running is probably ‘the faster you run, the faster you’re done!’ but I also like to just tell myself ‘you can do ANYTHING for one minute’ (I think i might have gotten that from you..) to push myself through one more minute.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete October 26, 2010, 10:41 am

    Your body is so much stronger than you think you are!

    I use that in spin when I’m teaching. Some students will got finish a set because they give up. They need to keep going!! πŸ˜‰

    I love those things. I have been wanting to do something will all my medals for a long time, and that is the perfect idea!

  • Christine October 26, 2010, 10:41 am

    Always: “Left, right, repeat” and this one helped me get through my first marathon: “You began this race a runner, you will finish a marathoner!”

  • abby October 26, 2010, 10:41 am

    I have many mid run mantras….. one being ” Just keep running….Just keep running” sung to the tune of Finding Nemo’s ” Just keep swimming” Also when I get tired and feel my body slump I repeat ” light and tight!!” πŸ™‚ Happy running!

  • RED October 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    When I’m getting towards an end of a run or end of a mile or end of a hill and I feel like walking I always say in my head, “If I can’t do 0.2 or 0.3 miles (or whatever small amount it is) We got problems!!” Silly but it works!

  • Therese October 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    I got mine from Angela at Oh She Glows: “You are so much stronger than you think. You are so much stronger than you know.” But when things get really bad, I have also promised myself, “just go for 5 more minutes and re-evaluate.” Usually I feel a little better by then and am able to keep going.

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    You CAN do this, You CAN do this!

  • Beth @ 990 Square October 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    I have two “just keep running” a la Dorie in Finding Nemo.

    And “one more step” because each one more adds up to miles!

  • Ali October 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    I literally start singing the Rocky theme song in my head and repeat over and over, just one more block, just past that car, just around that corner… Whatever it takes to push through the mid run slump.

  • ~Jessica~ October 26, 2010, 10:43 am

    I often use your mantra actually, because it’s so true and I really identify with it. However, my personal favourite is ‘Never give up: NEVER surrender!’

    ~Jess~
    xxxxxx

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    “Just breathe” πŸ™‚
    or, “Push yourself further than yesterday”

  • Nadine October 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” is what I tell myself when things get hard! What a great giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Melissa @ Running with Needles October 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    Whenever I hit a tough spot in my workout I like to tell myself, “You had the courage to start, find the strength to finish” and “Just look at how far you’ve come so far.”

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    Hmmm, I put on Paparazzi, for some reason that song makes me smile like a schoolgirl and I don’t focus on the pain so much!

    Just started racing, so would love to have something like this to look forward to filling up:)

  • Margaret October 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    ‘When you feel like quitting, don’t and see what happens’

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle October 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    nothing too original…. but often times I push myself along with “you got this” and “steady as she goes” reminding myself to keep a steady strong pace that I can maintain….especially for a marathon.

  • Steph October 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    I always repeat several different things to keep me going. I like to say ‘just breathe’ and ‘you’ve got this’. I am also going to keep in mind how if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I will remember to think about that during my 1st marathon in 12 days!

  • Marina October 26, 2010, 10:46 am

    My mantra is “finish strong, finish fast” and when I’m running uphill and it is getting tough my mantra is “I welcome hills” and “what goes up must come down”

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 10:46 am

    My midworkout mantra is “you’re already halfway there” I try to just focus on what I’m doing and before I know it that other half has flown by.

  • Annie October 26, 2010, 10:46 am

    I say, “It’s all mental, it’s all mental, it’s all mental…” to keep myself going!

  • Kimberly October 26, 2010, 10:46 am

    I always tell myself to “dig deep” and breathe through it.

  • Gillian October 26, 2010, 10:47 am

    During my last marathon, I kept repeating the following quote. It encouraged me NOT to give up.

    “If you think you can or if you think you can’t…..YOU’RE RIGHT!!”

  • Meg October 26, 2010, 10:48 am

    I tell myself i am strong enough and that it’s my mental strength that needs encouragement. Then i quote Bible verses or pray….to myself…not out loud!

  • Blair October 26, 2010, 10:49 am

    My mid-workout mantra is “You’re stronger than you think.” I’ve had to take a break from running, so easing back into it has been a frustrating (and slow!) process. I find I’m repeating this to myself a lot recently!!

  • Carrie October 26, 2010, 10:49 am

    I love these medal displays! My mantra is “dig deep, finish strong.”

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 26, 2010, 10:50 am

    My mantra is “just keep swimming!” And yes, I totally sing it the way Dori does in Finding Nemo.

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 10:51 am

    What a great giveaway! When i’m exercising and I just don’t want to keep going I say to myself:

    “Get it girl, get it get it girl, to the front, to the side, keep going girl, it’s your night!”

    (yes, those are Gwen Stefani lyrics but they keep me going!!)

    <3

  • Mary October 26, 2010, 10:51 am

    Boards don’t hit back. πŸ™‚

  • Jeanette October 26, 2010, 10:51 am

    My mantra would have to be “Just keep swimming” a la Dorie from Finding Nemo.

  • Stacy October 26, 2010, 10:51 am

    I always remind myself that quitting is not an option. I focus on setting a shorter distance goal and remind myself that I KNOW I can do it! Running is physical, but it’s mental too! You have to be strong in mind to make it through the physical struggle.

  • Jacqueline October 26, 2010, 10:52 am

    I think just put 1 foot in front of the other. Or sometimes think about a nice cup of coffee at Starbucks after.

  • Carolyn @ EatWell. LiveWell. BeWell. October 26, 2010, 10:52 am

    “You only live once.”

  • Kim in MD October 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    “Suck it up and quit feeling sorry for yourself!” πŸ™‚

    Also, I like to think about how lucky I am to have my health and to be able to exercise!

  • Julia October 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    I tend to use a lot of different mantras throughout a race
    – on hills “This hill is mine”
    – in general, I think of the song Stronger by Kanye – Reminds me to go hard even when I don’t want to
    – also like many others I remind myself that I CAN do this, and think of all the training and other things I have accomplished.

  • Samantha October 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    My favorite mid workout mantra is “You can do anything for 30 sec (or however long)” or “you’ve done it before, you can do it again!”

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 10:54 am

    “Stay calm and keep going” is usually what I find myself repeating over and over inside my head when things get tough.

  • Alex Kamin October 26, 2010, 10:54 am

    Hi! Those are awesome! Right now I have my medals sitting on a shelf and would love to display them.

    My mantra, so simple, so effective:
    Breath in, Breath out

    Works like a charm!
    good luck this weekend1

  • Ali W October 26, 2010, 10:55 am

    I voted for you!

    During the tough parts of my runs I always just tell myself “I got this” or “you can do this. its not forever and you can get through anything if your determined!”

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    I don’t really have a mantra, but I always remind myself how I’ll feel if I quit or don’t meet my goal versus if I fight through it and finish.

  • Therese October 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    Mine is definitely “My name is Therese Lean and I do NOT quit!” It gets me through a LOT!

  • Julia October 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    My favourite thing to tell myself when it gets really hard is: “If this [mile/half mile/speed interval] is the hardest thing you have to do today, you’re pretty lucky.”

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    “Your body can do more than your mind thinks it can” it reminds me that running is a mental battle sometimes, and my body is stronger than I think. It really pushes me to think positive and keep moving πŸ™‚

  • elizabethlacy October 26, 2010, 10:58 am

    I was trying to think of what I do to keep myself going. I always pick out a short-term goal, refocus on my form, say something like “you’ve got this”, or remember that running always makes you feel like you can take the world once you’re done.

    BUT I think my mantra is “I can rest when I’m dead”. As long as I’m physically capable of running I’m going to keep doing it because it reminds me I’m alive!

  • Tina October 26, 2010, 10:58 am

    I usually run with my husband and he is much better than me. So when I get tired and want to stop I just think…..you’re never going to beat him if you quit now.

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    You are tough, you can do this!

    Plus I’m usually listening to Bruce Springsteen and his songs have such a feeling of determination, perseverance and resilience.

  • Lori October 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    “If it was easy everyone would be doing it!”

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes October 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    I just like the simple, “I can do this! I can do this!”

  • Kati October 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    My mantra is you’ll feel good when you’re done! Keep going!

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    I tell myself…even though I do not have a runners body, I can still run and run strong!

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 11:00 am

    “IF YOU CAN’T RUN, THEN WALK. AND IF YOU CAN’T WALK, THEN CRAWL. DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND NEVER, EVER GIVE UP.”-DEAN KARNAZES

    I got a Nike sweatshirt custom printed with this on the sleeve πŸ™‚ Well a shorter version, but I love this quote!

  • Carole October 26, 2010, 11:00 am

    My manatra: ‘just keep running, just keep running’. Works every time!

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 11:01 am

    I usually just tell myself, do it for 5 more minutes, you can do anything for 5 more minutes. Until I’m finished!

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    Mine is the Life is Good slogan: “Do what you love, love what you do.”

  • Jenni October 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    I love these hangers, what a wonderful way to display your bling! When I first started running, I just needed something to take my mind off of how I ‘thought’ I felt. I would repeat “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.” with each step. It worked! And sometimes I still pull it into play πŸ˜‰

  • lauren October 26, 2010, 11:03 am

    This sounds crazy, but I usually make-up sayings to go along with “You can do it put your back into it” πŸ™‚

    It not only entertains me by coming up with creative phrases, but it also pumps me up!

    (now that I read this, it does make me sound pretty silly, but hey…whatever gets you through the run!)

  • Nancy October 26, 2010, 11:03 am

    “You are stronger than you think” It really keeps me going, maybe I’ll get it on a shirt someday. Love the medal holders!

  • Becca October 26, 2010, 11:03 am

    I always tell myself, “you can do this.” or “come on” i guess this is not necessarily a mantra, but motivational phrases like that really help me push through!

  • Stephanie @ Off the Eaten Path STL October 26, 2010, 11:05 am

    My favorite mantra is ‘pain is weakness leaving the body’. My dad was a marine, and he used to always say that when we ran together! I even have a shirt that says it!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 26, 2010, 11:05 am

    Just voted for Operation Beautiful! My favorite mid-workout mantra is “just focus.” My dad used to always tell me that during volleyball games when I was younger. I would be on the court and he would whistle to get my attention and mouth “just focus” as he tapped his fingers to the sides of his temples. Now anytime I am in an intense workout, I picture my dad telling me to focus and it helps me get through it!

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) October 26, 2010, 11:05 am

    fear of failure is what always gets me, so i tell myself over and over…

    “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

  • Erica October 26, 2010, 11:06 am

    The medal displays are fantastic!! When a long run starts to get tough I tell myself “You’ve got this”, put on an uptempo song, and think about how accomplished I’ll feel when I get home.

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 11:06 am

    I love running and always want to win in races I run in. But sometimes I get tired and something in the back of my head says just slow down or stop and to keep myself motivated I repeat in my head ” I have to beat the boys!!” So I can be the small girl who beat all the guys! Silly but keeps me striving to do my best!

  • Alex October 26, 2010, 11:07 am

    “Do it for those who can’t.”

  • Sarah AJ October 26, 2010, 11:07 am

    Mine are “I run because I can” and “I can gut out one more mile.”

  • Jesse October 26, 2010, 11:07 am

    lately my mid-run mantra has been “pain is weakness leaving the body” and “you can do this”!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired October 26, 2010, 11:07 am

    “Pain is weakness leaving the body” or “You are so much stronger tha
    you think”. Both of those have kept me going during a particularly hard run.

  • Hallie October 26, 2010, 11:07 am

    Ha this is awsome. Two things I say during tough workouts is, “suck it up, you aren’t dying!” (tough love?) and towards the end of a run I say, “finish strong finish strong finish strong!”

  • Alexa October 26, 2010, 11:08 am

    Recently, while running my first marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, I saw a sign that really summed up mine,(and it’s very similar to yours) ‘Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever.”

    I try to remember it always when things are tough, I also sometimes say to myself “it would be so easy to quit, but you don’t do what’s easy, you earn your place.”

  • Jill October 26, 2010, 11:08 am

    How nice of Allied Steel!

    My mantra is “Only X miles left, anyone can run X miles.” I always find it amusing after running 10 miles and telling myself “Only 3 miles left, anyone can run 3 miles.” πŸ™‚

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 11:08 am

    “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger!”
    Rather than stopping during what feels like a weak or slow run, I repeat this and try to finish!

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 11:09 am

    My mantra is definitely “you can do it, it’s all mental” during the middle of a work out. Pushing through the end to a strong finish I always think about track in high school and how fast I USED to be, so I can sprint this last you know minute of the work out no problem. It also seems to calm my breathing down if I’m confident I can sprint the end out (a good finish doesn’t happen every time obviously, but on good runs it does!).

  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 11:09 am

    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”

  • Leslie October 26, 2010, 11:09 am

    i always tell myself just 100 more steps and once i have done that i know i will keep going until the run is done!

  • Muna October 26, 2010, 11:10 am

    I love that thing!

    Mine is ‘you started this, now finish it and then go have ice cream!’ πŸ˜€

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    You are stronger than you think you are!!! Keeep going!!

  • Beth @ Will Run for Books October 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    Mine is “Someday you will not be able to do this. Today is not that day.”

  • Chloe October 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    “Pain is simply weakness leaving the body”

    PS: I LOVE the “My Race Bling” medal rack. After seeing it yesterday, I forwarded the link onto about 10 people…hinting at early Birthday gifts haha.

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    I run for those who can’t. They are in my thoughts and carry me forward one step at a time.

    • Casey October 26, 2010, 3:34 pm

      Yes…me too! I think about people who are unable to run and how grateful that I am able to…it keeps me going!

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    I love those medal holders and the girl running across the city skyline is actually on my Christmas list!

    That being said, my unoriginal mantra is “just do it…don’t think about it” and if I’m really in a tough spot I will think “you can do anything for X minutes” and at that point I reassess (usually the moment of mental weakness has passed and I am fine). Quitting is never an option (unless there is REAL pain) but knowing there is an option for readjusting expectations always helps a lot.

  • Nettie swit October 26, 2010, 11:12 am

    Just keep swimming :)!

  • Vikki October 26, 2010, 11:12 am

    My mantra is, I get to eat pizza and a glass of wine
    on Friday. It always works!

  • Michele October 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    Mine is simply…”you can do this”

  • MaryAnn October 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    Great giveaway! When I’m struggling with a run, I just remind myself how proud I will be when I get through it and that growth and strength come when you don’t give up when it’s tough!

  • healthy ashley October 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    I NEED!!!! Mine is pain is temporary, quitting is forever, too!!!

  • Nadine October 26, 2010, 11:14 am

    Love this give away!

    Mine is “Go for easy, don’t go for hard.” My yoga instructor always says this. It helps me to stop focusing on how hard everything is…when I “go for easy” in a race, I enjoy it. I high 5 the cheerleaders, chat with other runners and have fun. When I “go for hard,” I focus on how hard this is and beat myself up for not going faster or beating my last time.

  • Lauren @ merrymishaps October 26, 2010, 11:14 am

    Sometimes it’s “You can do this!” and others it’s “Remember, you LIKE running!”

  • EL October 26, 2010, 11:14 am

    Power Now, Baby!

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 11:15 am

    I’m not at all original but I love Adidas’ and Nike’s slogans (Impossible is nothing, Just Do It) and tend to say them to myself when working out at the gym. When hurting on a run, I try to zone out by counting 1, 2, 3, 4 over and over again. Or I think of my trainer being pissed that I want to give up (never fails to get me going again!)

  • Whitney October 26, 2010, 11:15 am

    “Define yourself!” and/or “I eat hills for breakfast!”

  • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 11:15 am

    “You’re okay!” That’s my mantra for EVERY challenge that comes my way.

  • Blaire October 26, 2010, 11:15 am

    Mine is Nike’s infamous– JUST DO IT !!!

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    Love the displays! My mantra of the moment is “I’m awesome and I run fast”… usually repeated over and over when I’m not feeling so awesome and shuffling along at the halfway point of my long run πŸ™‚

  • Holly Miller October 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    I love the “Pride is Forever” one! My fav quote is “90% effort”. Its discussed in the book mind gym where if your brain is thinking too much about what is being performed then your muscles are not working at full capacity.

  • Jacalyn October 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    “Your body is capable of more than you give it credit for.” This is usually repeated while running up a hill or at the end of a long race. I close my eyes and say it and sure enough, I find I go further than I thought.

  • Kristen October 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    I don’t necessarily have a “mantra”, per se, but I always remind myself of the difficult things that I have done: climbing 4 14,000 ft. mountains in one day, winning a 5K, and completing 2 marathons. Those things remind me how physically and mentally tough I am and get me through every workout.

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 11:17 am

    I second “the body achieves what the mind believes” and “you an do anything for (amount of) minutes”!

  • meghan October 26, 2010, 11:17 am

    when i want to stop I say “you’re only as strong as your weakest day” followed up by” If you want to run 6 miles you have to run 3.”

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    I tell myself…’Suck it up’ and ‘Mind over Matter’

  • Brittany October 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    Mines kind of goofy but definitely applies to running! “How do you eat an elephant?…. one bite at a time”

  • Maureen October 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    I always tell myself, “You can do anything for 30 seconds, 2 miles, 10 minutes” – whatever the situation calls for πŸ™‚

  • Mariana October 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    My mantras are:
    “Finish evereything you strat”
    “Impress yourself!”

  • Alex October 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    I like to sing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” to myself in the middle of a hard run. Motivates me every time!

  • Joell October 26, 2010, 11:19 am

    “It’s better to regret something that you did do, than something that you didn’t.”

    I like this quote because many of us are afraid of challenges & risks. But even though change can be intimidating I would rather regret something I tried but failed, than to have never tried before. I will definitely be thinking this as I attempt my first marathon in Hawaii on December 12th!

  • Jennie October 26, 2010, 11:21 am

    Success is the only option!

  • Shannon October 26, 2010, 11:22 am

    “Dig deep” – this reminds me to tap into anything that drives me: my mother’s strength, my training, who I’m running for if it’s a charity run, etc. I also “dig deep” during yoga when I’m in an uncomfortable pose and just breathe it out!

  • Runeatrepeat October 26, 2010, 11:23 am

    “You will tell them yes.” It’s from my favorite old Nike ad πŸ™‚

  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 11:23 am

    Cool giveaway!! I saw this on your post yesterday and thought it was just a great idea. I have so many race medals and they just sit in my closet. What a cool way to display them!! My running mantra isn’t necessarily a “mantra” but I just like to remind myself that every time I run, it’s an opportunity that i’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take part in. So those tough hills that I hate and would usually think “I can’t do this,” I try to think to myself, this is an opportunity, look at it as a challenge because there are people who are physically not able to do this! You should cherish this opportunity!

  • monica October 26, 2010, 11:24 am

    put one foot in front of the other! and I can do this!

  • Amanda Davis October 26, 2010, 11:25 am

    My favorite mantra is if you’re going through hell keep on going…technically it’s a song lyric but it helps, and sometimes I’ll listen to the song if I need an extra boost!

  • Rebecca October 26, 2010, 11:25 am

    “Somebody wishes they could be doing what you are doing.”

    A friend of mine was in a fatal accident while running earlier this month. I remind myself that her family wishes she could still run. I also think about people who are injured or for health reasons physically aren’t able to run like they wish they could. I am so blessed to be healthy!

  • Amber October 26, 2010, 11:25 am

    What does not kill me….. πŸ™‚

  • Elspeth October 26, 2010, 11:25 am

    Whenever I feel myself struggling, I tell myself – 5 more mintues. I usually last longer. Also, I always look forward to a yummy meal and shower after long runs!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 26, 2010, 11:26 am

    “If You Can, You Must”
    I would LOVE to win one of those…otherwise it’ll probably go on the xmas list:)

    Also, voted! Operation Beautiful is perfect for that award!

  • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 11:26 am

    During a tough run, I always repeat the word “fight” in my head. Simple, but it works for me (your mantra is great, but too difficult for me to remember mid-run πŸ˜‰ )

    Good luck in the Amway Positivity project. I voted for you πŸ™‚

  • molly l October 26, 2010, 11:27 am

    one time on a run i saw a man running with a prostetic leg. i saw him at mile 1.5 when i was warming up and vowed to think of him throughout the 8 miles. at mile 6.5 when i was getting winded i saw him again- STILL RUNNING. i do not know who he is or what his story was but i still think of this man and channel his perserverance and dedication in my run. i think “he hasn’t given up yet- you aren’t going to either!”

    my runs have never been the same after this experience.

  • Stephanie Law October 26, 2010, 11:27 am

    On hilly runs, I always tell myself “For every hill you go up, you get to go back down!”

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 26, 2010, 11:27 am

    Ooo I hope OB wins!!!

    I use: You can do this!! (simple, but effective) and “You are a machine!”

    πŸ™‚

  • Nancy October 26, 2010, 11:28 am

    As a veteran of several races, particularly half-marathons, I’ve found that if I say over and over again,
    “A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins,” as I run or walk along, then I cna usually get to the finish line. So that’s my time-tested mantra.

  • Julia October 26, 2010, 11:28 am

    its not really a mantra but I start counting to ten over and over again. its really hypnotic and it makes the distance go by a bit quicker. Or I will start cursing the ppl I am mad at πŸ˜‰ (evil maybe, but it works!) if all else fails, I start saying “one step closer to the edge…..” or you got this”

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    “It feels like a really big deal to keep going now, but it will be no big deal when you are done.” I always ‘forget’ how bad a run or whatever is just minutes after I am finished! That medal holder is already on my Christmas list!

  • Erica October 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    Mine came from a text sent to me from my hubby during Mile 20-ish of my first marathon last Saturday…

    “You can do this. You kicked cancer’s ass you can finish this.”

    MOTIVATION! (and I left it uncensored because it packs more punch don’t ya think?!)

  • Mary October 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    Recently I’ve been rocking the old-school pop tunes – ie. SClub7 “Don’t Stop Never Give Up”. Super cheesy, but it works. I also focus on yoga breathing and good posture while running…

  • Jennifer October 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    I am an athlete.

  • Emily October 26, 2010, 11:32 am

    Whenever I want to quit, I think “I AM AWESOME!! This is nothing! DO IT.”

  • Dezra October 26, 2010, 11:32 am

    Not really a mantra but I remind myself that if I quit I have to go home and help the husband put the kids to bed….that thought is usually enough to keep me going.

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 11:33 am

    I always think that you can do anything for 5 minutes or (1 minute πŸ™‚ depending how bad it is going) so I keep going for a few more minutes and then I’m usually fine!

  • Ramona October 26, 2010, 11:34 am

    When I want to quit, I always tell myself that I can quit after I go a little farther. Then I repeat that until I finish. For some reason, I’m able to trick myself into finishing. πŸ˜‰

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 11:35 am

    OMG, that would be really neat! I was just about to put my overflowing medals into a box…

  • Alyson October 26, 2010, 11:35 am

    “What the mind believes the body achieves” and when things start getting really icky during a long run or work out I tell myself “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming!” ( because I love Nemo!) and when its in a racing environment I go with “SUCK IT UP PRINCESS :)”…

  • Janet October 26, 2010, 11:36 am

    Mine is ‘running is a privlige, you can finish this!’ It reminds me my body takes me the distance and can do amazing things! I’m lucky!

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 11:36 am

    OMG, that would be really neat! I was just about to put my overflowing medals into a box…

    At a marathon, I usually just tell myself that for better or worse, this will be over a in few hours, and I get a medal, glory, and REST! =)

  • Anne @ Life is a Joy October 26, 2010, 11:38 am

    Carzy but I sing a little military march song … It
    goes like this… “I don’t know but I’ve been told, xxxxxx is good as gold” and repeat… Replace “xxx” with whatever your goal is… 6 miles, running in the fall, marathons, pumpkin pie πŸ™‚

    Enjoy! Love the medal holder .. I just found my medals and ribbons races over 10 yrs ago … need to get those out and hanging for inspiration.

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 11:40 am

    My work-out mantra is “just do it” (Nike). Works every time!!!

  • Leigh October 26, 2010, 11:42 am

    1. When the miles get long, I always say to myself, “I never regret sticking it out and crossing the finish line.”

    2. Also, I read last week that your mind quits before your body so during my first metric century bike ride on Sunday, I kept saying when I wanted to give up: “It’s your mind that can’t make it up this hill, not your legs.” It worked!

  • Natalie October 26, 2010, 11:42 am

    “Run Happy, Run Strong”. Someone wrote that on a poster at the Chicago Marathon a few years back and it carried me through miles 14-26.2!

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 11:42 am

    Just Do It!

  • Kasey October 26, 2010, 11:43 am

    “It’s all in your head” I tell myself that when I feel like quitting. My body is always fine, sometimes its just a mind-game.

  • Jaala October 26, 2010, 11:46 am

    “Pain is temporary; finishing is forever.”

  • Sunee October 26, 2010, 11:47 am

    “Keep going…you can do this!”

  • Sarah (A Runner's Heart) October 26, 2010, 11:47 am

    My Mantra is “What doesn’t kill me, can only make me stronger” It’s actually from the lyrics of Kanye West’s “Stronger” song. That is also my power song when I feel like giving up! Get’s me pumped up everytime!!! πŸ™‚

  • Meagan October 26, 2010, 11:49 am

    When I’m having a hard time during a run, I like to say to myself, “I will not let this ___ (mile, hill, etc.) defeat me. This is MY run.”

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery October 26, 2010, 11:51 am

    That medal display is so cute! I have two half marathon medals and will be adding a 3rd this year; and hopefully a full marathon someday! πŸ™‚ My favorite mantra is the same as yours! Sometimes I also tell myself I’ll be done in x minutes. For example at my last half the last 3 miles were really tough but I just told myself I could relax in about 30 minutes! It helps!

  • Kim October 26, 2010, 11:52 am

    The one I often repeat to myself and visualize is Keep Calm & Run On. I picture it in the form of a Keep Calm poster in bright Red.

  • Joanna K October 26, 2010, 11:53 am

    My mantra is “je me pousse” which means “I push myself” in french. For some reason, thinking in French gets me up those hills!

  • Michelle @ IronDivas October 26, 2010, 11:53 am

    “You CAN do this” “You are stronger than you think” “It WILL be over soon”… lots of random thoughts float through… including “glorious SNACKS and WATER are waiting for you” lol

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 11:54 am

    I really like someone else’s that I read a while back, “You’re stronger than you think.” – Ang’s maybe? But just my simple, “You can do this!” works wonders for me!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 11:54 am

    I know it is cheesy, but I just tell myself “no pain no gain” because nothing worth doing is easy!

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 11:55 am

    “TOO LEGIT TO QUIT!” i also find myself using your “pan is temorary quitting is forever” quite often πŸ™‚

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 11:55 am

    “Don’t give up, you can do this!”

  • Martha October 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    My mid-run mantra comes from a sign a spectator was holding during my first half marathon: “If your legs hurt, it’s because you’re kicking so much ass!”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    Mine’s ‘You can do this!’ which leads to ‘you ARE doing this!’ and ‘keep calm and run on’ is a good one too. AND whenever I get past the halfway point I think ‘you’re more than halfway there!’

  • Mackenzie October 26, 2010, 11:57 am

    A lot of times the bible verse “I can do all things through Christ who stengthens me” gives me a lot of motivation. But usually I think about how disappointed my family and friends would be if I quit. (They really wouldn’t be disappointed, but they are who I think about when I want to stop early)

  • Jaclyn October 26, 2010, 11:57 am

    My favorite mantra is, “You are stronger than you think”

  • Merry October 26, 2010, 11:59 am

    My dad taught me the trick of telling yourself to “keep smiling” when a run gets tough. It’s almost impossible to feel defeated or let myself stop when I’ve got a big grin on – from saying thank you to race volunteers, cheering on other runners, thinking about the mileage behind me, or focusing on the bragging rights when I finish!

  • Holly October 26, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Fake it ’til you make it. When I really think I’m not going to make it, I just pretend I’m a fabulous runner until I have no reason to believe I’m not!

  • Megan October 26, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Mine is actually “pain is temporary, pride is forever” – it’s a variant on yours and was my high school sports’ motto. I also once heard a quote about perseverance that was something like “It’s always been between me and the hurdle, and the hurdle has always won.” I’ve tried for ages (unsuccessfully) to find that quote again.

  • Carly October 26, 2010, 12:01 pm

    You really have me thinking on this one… I don’t think I have a mantra, but this has made me think that I need one! I’m sure it would be empowering! I guess in general I think, mmm… food when I get home, or keep going, you’ve got this. I will however think about this, because I would like to have a mantra!

  • Denise October 26, 2010, 12:02 pm

    I constantly tell myself “Just one more”

  • Jes (@ Self Motivation) October 26, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Awesome give-away! Mine is simply, “Come on, you’ve got this!” or I break my run up into little segments and tell myself, “You can run 2 miles in your sleep!”

  • Brittany October 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    When I’m doing a really tough work out, I think to myself: ‘this is the hardest thing I’m going to have to do all day, the rest is going to clear sailing.’ It stays with me for the rest of the day, when I face challenges I think to myself: this is nothing compared to that last mile you put in this morning! It also makes me feel proud the rest of the day that I did it and managed to enjoy it(most of the time)!

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    You can do anything you set your mind on!

  • sara October 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    “I run because I can” πŸ™‚ I’m lucky enough to be able bodied to be running my first marathon on 11/7!!!!!!!!!

  • Christy October 26, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I always think of what my spin instructor would say…”It’s my workout. Push yourself.”

  • Christine October 26, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Mine is “Mind over matter”, because my mind always wants to quit before my legs do

  • Danielle C. October 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
    -John Bingham, running speaker and writer

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    It’s a simple one – but “you can do this” always gets me through.

  • Beth October 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    My mantra is basically the song “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray. I feel like when I’ve got that song in my head or on my ipod, nothing can stop ME!

  • Becca October 26, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Mine is a combo of repeating “I am stronger than I think” and envisioning what I am going to do AFTER the run (i.e. hang out and watch a movie, take a nice long shower, etc)….

  • Chelsea October 26, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Whenever I am having a hard workout or don’t quite feel like heading out for a run, I tell myself “There will come a day when you will not be able to do this. Today is NOT that day.”

  • Linda October 26, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Not so much a mantra as a thought that goes through my head – that so many people are unable to walk or run, I need to appreciated my capabilities and just keep going!

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) October 26, 2010, 12:08 pm

    My mantra is remembering “You’re going to feel amazing when this is all over.” And it’s trueβ€”I always do!

  • Vera October 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    “Finish what you start”

  • Mary @ RunningWifle October 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    “You will never qualify for Boston if you don’t push yourself”. I still have to knock 40 minutes off my marathon time, but I’ve been improving consistently and know that I can’t give up if I ever want to meet my goal.

  • Kalee October 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    I just tell myself how great I will feel when I finish. It is easy to forget that fabulous feeling and I often have to remind myself mid-run. These displays are so great!!

  • Maura October 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    My mantra is: Keep going damnit! lol I respond to tough love. πŸ™‚

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 26, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Awesome giveaway!!

    My mid-run mantra is “you are strong, you are strong” and sometimes I like to listen to Britney Spears “Stronger” πŸ˜€

  • Jessye October 26, 2010, 12:13 pm

    My favorite saying is “Mind over Matter!” I make whatever it is that I am trying to overcome a game!!

  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama October 26, 2010, 12:13 pm

    You can do this, you know you can.

  • Ashley K October 26, 2010, 12:13 pm

    My favorite mantra is “Push it!” That’s usually all I need to tell myself when I’m pooping out. That’s also the time that I play my pump-up song on my I-Pod too.

    πŸ™‚ Great giveaway!

  • ag October 26, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I usually tell myself to just keep moving forward…one foot in front of the other. Another key for me is to just focus on that particular mile and not stress about the miles still to come.

  • Marie D October 26, 2010, 12:16 pm

    “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever”. Whenever I see that on a poster in a race it motivates me to continue my strong stride.

  • Megan October 26, 2010, 12:16 pm

    my favorite saying I tell myself over and over again is “Get it done”

  • Skinny Sushi October 26, 2010, 12:18 pm

    I love this giveaway! I just registered for my first ever 5K in December, so I’m hoping to have a medal to display by then! My mantra? I just keep repeating “you can do this, you’ve made it through worse,” and the thought of the tough times I’ve had in my life and gotten through make me want to keep pushing.

  • Cindy October 26, 2010, 12:19 pm

    you have a choice. you can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face

  • Ashley @ Getting Stronger, Burning Fat October 26, 2010, 12:19 pm

    My mantra is the name of my blog “Getting Stronger, Burning Fat” It helps to repeat this while exercising to keep going and not give up! Id love the 26.2/13.1 since I have run both! Thank you

  • Divya Vikram October 26, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Run run to become a healthy U!

  • Samantha October 26, 2010, 12:20 pm

    I am an ultramarathoner! Finish this short run! (I’m not, and my 6 mile runs seem long to me, but it works!)

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 12:20 pm

    I just keep saying “push it” and “the faster you run, the sooner it will be over!”

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 12:21 pm

    You’re a tough Mother F@%#$#%#

    Yup, that’s what I say to myself when the going gets tough…I’m a 9 time marathoner and triathlete-it works for me!

  • Rebecca October 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    These medal displays are so cool!! and I love this contest. I’ve enjoyed reading all the mantras and hope to add a few to my list. I use these two all the time: “Take your mind out of this…your legs know what to do!!” and my fav – “NOW is my time, THIS is my moment – – relax and enjoy!!” :0) Thanks Caitlin!!

  • Jessi October 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Love these displays! My mantras are, “You are stronger than you think,” and “you run to get stronger, not skinnier”

  • Bridgette October 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I always tell myself to “dig deeper”

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

    “the person at the top of the hill didn’t just fall there” has been my mantra the past few weeks. It reminds me that I’m working hard and it feels so good to get to the top of that hill! And yes, it is lifted from a high school girls state champs basketball tshirt from 2003. No biggie.

  • Brandy October 26, 2010, 12:24 pm

    “You’ve got this girl. You’re halfway there!”

  • karla October 26, 2010, 12:25 pm

    “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I don’t have a mantra, but I when I hit a hard spot I think of my 9 year old niece fighting leukemia. I feel if she can fight through 2 relapses, a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant I can push through this run!

  • Kali October 26, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I always tell myself “run free like you can’t fail.”

  • chelsea October 26, 2010, 12:28 pm

    “mind over matter!”

  • Shannon October 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Ooh, I would love one of those! I’d only have 3 to hang now, but would be nice to see them hanging & add to them πŸ™‚ My fav mantras come from Nike ads: “Yesterday you said tomorrow,” and “someone busier than you is running right now.”

  • Terra R. October 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    “I’ve got this!” said with hardcore conviction!

  • Paige @ Two Runners And A Brown Dog October 26, 2010, 12:31 pm

    The mantra that can get me through anything is, “You can do this!” I don’t know how many times I have told myself that over the years.

    By the way, I love the medal display! It would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves to race!!!

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

    When the going gets tough I always tell myself “if it was easy, everyone would do it.”

  • Lacey Q October 26, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I love those medal holders. My favorite mantra is “I am enough”.

  • Margie October 26, 2010, 12:39 pm

    The two that got me through my marathon is just put one foot in front of another, my body can do this even if my brain thinks it can’t. And the other is the similar to yours, pain is temporary, finishing is forever.

  • Jen October 26, 2010, 12:41 pm

    “You want to be able to brag about this later.” Primarily to by boyfriend, mind you, but it’s great to be able to come back to the apartment and discuss how you pushed through rather than gave up.

  • kelly October 26, 2010, 12:41 pm

    “You haven’t failed until you’ve quit trying”. My high school swim coach had that printed on our shirts when I was a sophomore, and I always try and remember it.

  • Allison B October 26, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I think of the Rocky theme song.

  • Theresa October 26, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I just repeat to myself, “You can do this! You got this!”

  • Sandra October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    “you’re going to be so proud of yourself..” or I will dedicate portions of my run like “I’m going to run this next hill strong for my sister.”

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    What a great giveaway! I LOVE that display! Never seen anything like it. I keep mine looped over the corner of the mirror on my dresser. I keep all of my race bibs too – they’re on a lanyard.

    I usually just visualize competing in whatever race I’m training for or say something like, “Come on Amers! You’ve got it” (My boyfriend says that to me when we’re training together and I think it’s cute).

  • Sam October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    “you are so much stronger than you think you are.” or “i am strong and healthy. just keep running!”

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Awesome giveaway!! I like to think “When your legs are tired, run with your heart.”

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I feel like I should get to win since I’m the one who recommended them to you and I don’t even own one!! πŸ™‚ Just kidding.

    I tell myself “This is supposed to be hard. If it was easy everyone would do it.”

  • Colleen October 26, 2010, 12:45 pm

    “I can do anything in Him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13

  • Julz October 26, 2010, 12:45 pm

    That’s also my favorite mantra! But my team always talks about “Fighting the Pain Train” when we’re in a race.

  • Alice October 26, 2010, 12:46 pm

    Mantras I use are either things like “you can do this” or if I’m physically tired I’ll say things like “knees” or “arms” both to remind myself of my strength and to be conscious of how I am running.

  • beth October 26, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I always say “People braved land and sea to reach thier goals, you can certainly finish this”. πŸ˜€

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I usually tell myself “If you want it, do it.” It reminds me that no one is forcing me to run, I’m doing it for myself.

  • Kayla October 26, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I just tell myself to keep going, that crossing that finish line or accomplishing that mile goal will feel so much more satisfying than quitting…or not even starting. I struggle a lot with getting going, and I try to think of how good I will feel, physically and emotionally, if I run.

  • Brianna O. October 26, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Mine is simply “Be proud” I reminds me of how proud I feel of myself when I finish a run. No matter if I do good or bad I am always PROUD!

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I have been using “Meh-ta” recently during yoga, trying to encourage more compassion and kindness. πŸ™‚

  • Tracy @ The Chameleon's Backbone October 26, 2010, 12:48 pm

    We are fam-a-leee, I got all my sistas and me.

  • Melanie October 26, 2010, 12:49 pm

    I use the slogan that is on my headband “In it for the bling”

  • Corey @ The Runner's Cookie October 26, 2010, 12:50 pm

    My favorite mantra is “You are strong and you can do this” – it’s not very creative but to me it’s sincere so it actually helps!

  • Amanda (modernation) October 26, 2010, 12:51 pm

    My mantra mid run is “the faster you run the faster you’re done.”

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I am stronger than I think!

  • Ashley October 26, 2010, 12:52 pm

    “There is no try, only do or do not” – Yoda haha . Gets me through it every time.

  • Amy Ramos October 26, 2010, 12:52 pm

    This too shall pass.

  • Alexis October 26, 2010, 12:52 pm

    The more I run, the more I want to run!

  • Katie October 26, 2010, 12:53 pm

    “I can handle this for now.” Just telling myself that lifts my chest, relaxes my shoulders, and pushes me through. With tears in my eyes I made it through my first marathon – after my running buddies all dropped out – because I could ‘handle it for now.’

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) October 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    When I start feeling discouraged I tell myself, “Just LOOK at what you’re doing! You are amazing!” and then I make sure to smile. Smiling helps!

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I recently acquired a new one. About 6 weeks ago, I talked to a friend just 6 days before he passed of cancer. He told me “It’s hard and I’m tired. But I’m still fighting. I promise I’m still fighting as hard as I can” I repeat this to myself when runs become trying.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I’m a big fan of the “You are stronger than you think.” mantra.

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor October 26, 2010, 12:55 pm

    You are unrepeatable.

  • Aimee October 26, 2010, 12:55 pm

    A few years ago I was running a 1/2 marathon and a spectator had a sign that said “1/2 way to crazy is still crazy” and although I now I also run full marathons, any time I am running a half and it gets hard I think of that!

  • Gloria October 26, 2010, 12:56 pm

    “Beauty is strength and sweat” My favorite quote from the Operational Beautiful book πŸ™‚ I needed this one A LOT yesterday while I was working my triceps!

    • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 12:57 pm

      <3 yay!

    • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

      This is great!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Rachel H October 26, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Jesus made it carrying the cross. I can certainly make it through another mile…or two or three!

  • Britt October 26, 2010, 12:58 pm

    My favorite mantra is “You are stronger than you think” followed often by “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” this is an amazing giveaway! Thank you!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 26, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Ok, so I don’t have a snazzy saying, but whenever I feel like giving up mid-workout I remind myself that I will be SO much happier at the end if I push myself just a little past my comfort zone. Having too much left over and feeling like you could have done SO much more after a workout is the worst! Something IS better than nothing, but still…

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Stronger with every mile!

  • Erin October 26, 2010, 1:03 pm

    There is something beautiful about working so hard that you are reduced to silence next to your friends. Some friendships never get to the level where silence is comfortable, let alone productive or healing. Some friends will never understand the unspoken.

    -Kristin Armstrong

  • kate October 26, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Push through…you have the rest of the day to be lazy!

  • Jenny October 26, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Reach down deep–you have it in you!!

  • Sarah E October 26, 2010, 1:06 pm

    “Pain isn’t an option. Suffering is.” I had to remind myself that I was going to hurt while running my marathon, but I did not have to let it affect me or my race!

  • Daniela October 26, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Whenever I feel like giving up during a race, I just keep repeating to myself: “You can do this, you can do this”. It helps when you can concentrate on something other than the pain, and before you know it, the race is over and you did it.

  • Cheryl October 26, 2010, 1:08 pm

    “A 13 minute mile is just as far as a 9 minute mile”

  • Jordan October 26, 2010, 1:09 pm

    “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”

  • MB October 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    my running mantra “if this were easy, everyone would do it”

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    “I am strong.” Simple, but it works and it’s TRUE! πŸ™‚

  • Emily H October 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    “Mind over body…”

    Running really is a mental sport as well.

  • Kimberly_FeLix October 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

    My mantra is “This Too Shall Pass…” It’s my mantra to help with a difficult workout, a difficult run, or just a difficult day in general. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I like “this is cheaper than liposuction”. I don’t know if this one has been said, I didn’t read all 480 comments before. But it works for me. Or, “You never feel bad after a run”.

  • MaryBe October 26, 2010, 1:13 pm

    What an awesome give away! I bet they had tons of hits on their site yesterday – I know I was there poking around!
    My mantra probably pretty common “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” John Bingham.
    Make sure to remind us to VOTE for OB every day!

  • Danielle October 26, 2010, 1:13 pm

    “Arrive expecting to push yourself to the limits. Leave with no regrets” – Melissa Moldovan

  • Tyler October 26, 2010, 1:15 pm

    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

    -Steve Prefontaine

    I also just repeat “pain is temporary, pain is temporary.”

  • Liza October 26, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I am such a believer that running is more mental than physical. So, when I’m running, I always think to myself, “What the heart and mind believe, the body can achieve.”

    I’m out there because I want to be, because I have the heart for it, so when I start feeling defeated, I say it out loud and it gets me through knowning my body can do it if I just believe.

    • Liza October 26, 2010, 1:18 pm

      P.S. I just went to go vote for the Amway Positivity Project, and realized I’m wearing the exact same scarf today that you’re wearing in the video!

      Target is my happy place. πŸ™‚

  • Annie October 26, 2010, 1:16 pm

    The worst is over so just keep going! I can do anything for five more minutes…(and five more after that and after that πŸ˜‰ ).

  • Marcia October 26, 2010, 1:17 pm

    “Stronger Better Faster”

  • Susan October 26, 2010, 1:17 pm

    “If i keep running, I’ll be done faster!”

  • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Don’t give up, don’t give up!…I just keep saying this over and over again πŸ™‚ It helps!

    I also love “You are stronger than you think you are” so true.

  • Emma October 26, 2010, 1:20 pm

    “It can’t get any worse than this” always makes me smile, because it’s almost ENCOURAGING fate to make things worse! So then I think “where would be the fun without the challenge”. I love your mantra too and use it a lot!

  • Christine October 26, 2010, 1:20 pm

    During my half marathon last week, a woman on the sidelines around Mile 10 was yelling “Quick and light! Quick and light! You are strong!” and I repeated it in my head for the next three miles!

  • Emma October 26, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I voted for you!
    My mantra is “where would be the fun without the challenge”. Makes me smile πŸ™‚ And I use your mantra a lot too.

  • Jason October 26, 2010, 1:21 pm

    “whatever it takes” I won’t give up even after suffering a heart attack at age 35. At age 37, I just completed my first marathon after 6 half marathons this year. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive for my two boys and my lovely wife. Thank you for this great blog, I enjoy reading about health and all of the unique recipes you post!

  • Shah'ada October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Not a mantra really, but I use markers to keep me going strong (i.e. up my speed until the end of this fast song, etc). I need a mantra though . . . I LOVE yours!!

  • Deveree October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    The last three miles of my marathon last month I had to tell myself, “One foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other” over and over. It worked and kept me running!

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Just when I can’t think I could go any further I say to myself “You can do anything for a minute.”

  • Jason October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    One more… everyone in my family who runs…lives by this quote… “Run, Live, & Inspire”

  • Becca October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    “Just keep moving…”

  • VCK October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Just keep swimming!

  • Katy October 26, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Never give up! Don’t give up on yourself! You are too strong for failure!

    *repeat as necessary* πŸ™‚

  • Deb October 26, 2010, 1:24 pm

    It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters most.

  • Jessie October 26, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I don’t have one line that I use all the time. But when I’m struggling during a run I tell myself that I can run another mile. And then another. And then another. I break down the distance I have remaining and slowly push through it.

  • Staci October 26, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Despite what your body’s telling you, finish.

  • Kristin October 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I’m not really sure this is a motto but when ever the going gets tough during a run or any workout I think about how 10 years ago there was no way I thought I would be the athelete I am today. I never could have imagined all the triathonls, road races, I’ve completed or the fact that I teach fitness classes. So I guess my motto would simply be, “You can do anything you put your mind to!”

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

    The classic “come on, girl!” hahah seriously!

  • Jenny October 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

    “This is the moment.”

  • Victoria October 26, 2010, 1:33 pm

    “Pain is weakness leaving the body” I know it’s a classic but it always helps me push through pain because I think of the fact that it is all making me stronger!

  • Kathrin October 26, 2010, 1:35 pm

    “I am a mountain goat” when I power up a hill.

  • sara October 26, 2010, 1:35 pm

    “The pain you feel right now is less than the pain you’d feel if you quit right now”.

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I tell myself, “I am stronger than I realize.” I had a horrible long run during my marathon training, and I said this over and over in my head for at least two miles. I also really like to tell myself, “I worked so hard for this. I can do it.” Apparently I really like motivating myself when I run πŸ™‚

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

    My favorite mantra is from jillian michaels on the biggest loser “anyone can do anything for 5 minutes!” really helps on speed workouts.

  • Simi October 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Mine is the same as yours
    “Pain is temporary quitting is forever”
    and “I am strong than I think”
    I would LOVE to have one of those medal displays!!!!:)

  • Simi October 26, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I run for shirts and medals

  • beth October 26, 2010, 1:38 pm

    nothing to it but to do it!

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I always liked, “Every step is an opportunity to work harder and make yourself stronger”. I have it written all over the house πŸ™‚

  • Kate K October 26, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Mine is a simple “You got this”. Sometimes the simplest things have the most power.

  • Casper October 26, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Run hard, be strong, think big!

  • Brie @ Brie Fit October 26, 2010, 1:42 pm

    When your legs get tired, run with your heart.

  • Caroline Calcote October 26, 2010, 1:43 pm

    “Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.” A quote from Jim Rohn. I am constantly retweeting this remind myself!

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 26, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I actually saw on a shirt on my 1st half marathon the “pain is temporary, quitting is forever” mantra and I loved it.

    I also use “live strong, stay strong” mantra when I feel like quitting and need an extra push.

  • Susan October 26, 2010, 1:47 pm

    My quote is pretty silly but it works. A simple “suck it up buttercup” also since I run an out and back route I often remind myself that the more walk breaks I take the longer it will be before I get home.

  • Gretchen October 26, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Do not quit..just breathe and keep moving!

  • Michelle W October 26, 2010, 1:52 pm

    When i was training for my first race ever, a half marathon, a good friend gave me this advice and it stuck with me during every run

    “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must”

  • Amy October 26, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Mental anguish usually gets me before any physical weakness, so I like thinking, “all that matters is running this race right now and doing the best I can today.”

    I also like to think about what I’ll eat when I finish the marathon. Good luck on Saturday — I’m running a marathon on Sunday!

  • Tashia October 26, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Mine is the same as yours “pain is temporary, quitting is forever” I always remind myself how good it feels when I finish vs. how upset I feel when I give up, because I know I could have pushed myself further. I also like “just do it” or “just keep swimmning” from nemo : )

  • Russell October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Quitters never win no matter how much they claim to have tried!

  • kate October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

    my mantra is:
    “i have no breaking point”

    i heard it in a movie once and loved it…the whole quote is “they can keep pushing…I have no breaking point” and it really hits home with the sport that i do (rowing) but always gets me through a tough running workout as well!

    also, the al pacino speech from the movie ‘any given sunday’ is SO motivational and full of excellent “mantras” that always get me all jacked up for a race or a workout. this video is images of rowing but it can easily apply to any sport πŸ™‚

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fmZmKsL5eE

  • Kacy October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Lately I’ve been telling myself that “I’m a ninja” – it has a pleasant empowering effect πŸ™‚

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I’m a rower not a runner but I have a lot of mantras!
    “If you want more you gotta do more”
    “Winning medals is good; racing is better; loving the sport is best”
    “Pour it on”
    “If it doesn’t hurt you’re not going hard enough”
    “Trust your legs”

  • Allie October 26, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Can’t stop, won’t stop

  • Bobbie October 26, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I have two that I use regularly. The first one is “Getting Stronger Every Day” the other thing I often tell myself over and over again when I want to pick it up at the end of the race is..”you can do anything for 3 miles,” then 2 miles then 1.

  • Chris October 26, 2010, 2:06 pm

    “It’s go time, baby!”

  • Carol October 26, 2010, 2:07 pm

    you can”t accomplish it until you -“OWN IT” – then it’s all yours !

  • Danya October 26, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I have a few …
    1. You can’t finish something that you if you don’t start – When I am dreading the workout this reminds me to just suck it up and get it done

    2. A goal is just a dream with an endpoint.

    3. I run because I can.

  • Rebecca October 26, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Mine tend to change depending on the race I’m training for and running in. My last marathon (a little over a week ago) was about running “strong and relaxed”.

  • Joyce October 26, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I also have more than one. Here are my top two:
    1. you’re stronger than you think

    2. The journey is the destination ( on my road ID)

  • Sarah (Shep) October 26, 2010, 2:11 pm

    whenever i’m struggling through a workout i always think about how many people wish they had the physical capacity to do what i can do… even just to walk! when i think about how privileged i am to be fit, it never fails to redirect my focus back towards working hard. πŸ™‚ also, sometimes a simple “do NOT stop, do NOT stop” works too!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 2:11 pm

    ‘It’s all mental’ – really helps me tackle long runs. When I feel like quitting, I have to tell myself that if my legs aren’t sore and my breathing is even, then there is no reason to stop. Being there mentally really helps me cover the distance.

  • Sydney J October 26, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Mother Teresa’s “In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Mine are, “I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me,” and “I am a marathoner.” (I’m not one yet but I keep saying that to myself and will be on 11-14-10.)

  • Mela October 26, 2010, 2:20 pm

    “trust your training”. Reminds me that I’ve been here before & can do it again πŸ™‚ Just ran a half and I wrote “tyt” on my hand in bright pink sharpie. It was great to be able to look down for a reminder of all the hard work I put into training. I beat my pr by 14 minutes so I guess it worked!!!

  • Kristie October 26, 2010, 2:22 pm

    “Pain is weakness leaving the body” is one I use, both for working out and to get through sickness, relationship issues, etc. Obviously, if I were in real pain I would know to quit, but it helps when mentally I want to give in.

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 2:23 pm

    My mantra is “Mike never quit.” Mike was a good friend who passed away from brain cancer, and he would show up to the gym for spin class even when we’d have to help him clip in and out of the pedals. If he wouldn’t quit, then I certainly have no reason to.

  • Missy October 26, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I always tell myself, “Let’s go Mis, let’s go Mis”…it really helps!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Mine is a variation on yours: “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever”. It comes in handy during volleyball matches if I get hit in the face with a ball. Someone asks “are you ok?” I tell them “pain is temporary!” Bruises heal! I will say my new favorite mantra comes from Ironman finisher Frayed Laces though, “Someday you will not be able to do this, today is not that day!” True that!

  • Jamie in Arkansas October 26, 2010, 2:29 pm

    My mantra is “Health. Strength. Discipline. Endurance.” I just repeat it over and over again every time my foot strikes the ground. It works especially good going up hills!!! πŸ™‚
    P.S. I loved the medal display so much I ordered one yesterday! But I still need one for my hubby who just started running and got his first 5K medal last weekend!! YAY!!!

  • Marianne October 26, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I’m usually singing in my head over and over “feet don’t fail me now!” But my road ID says “Why-Because I can!” although it really should say “toenails are for sissies!!” πŸ˜‰

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 26, 2010, 2:34 pm

    I don’t have a mantra per se, but during a difficult workout, I always remind myself that I’ve run a marathon before. Remembering that makes me feel like I could do anything!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 26, 2010, 2:34 pm

    You won’t ever regret a run!! Nothing feels as good as finishing a long run.

  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I hope I’m not too late!

    My favorite is “I am KICKING ASS!!!” πŸ™‚

  • Rae October 26, 2010, 2:38 pm

    AWESOME!!!

    I repeat this phrase (its not mine, MLK jr said it)

    “If you can’t fly, then run.
    If you can’t run, then walk.
    If you can’t walk, then crawl.
    But whatever you do, keep moving!”

    works πŸ™‚

  • Allison October 26, 2010, 2:39 pm

    “EASY!” Helps me relax and breathe!

  • Allison B October 26, 2010, 2:39 pm

    My mid workout mantra is, β€œ_____ (insert how many miles are left) miles? That ain’t shit!” I like to say it outloud while running….it is a little unorthodox, but keeps me going and usually gets my running buddy to smile! I also do love β€œpain is temporary, quitting is forever.” That one usually gets me to the finish line!

  • Becky October 26, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Mine is “I can really crank on these legs” – it’s kind of weird, but it works for me because it reminds me that my legs are strong and I can (usually) push them more than I realize!

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I have SO many of these…in fact, I have a whole section of my running log devoted to them. Some of my favorites (and most used):
    “Leave Nothing”
    “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”
    “The only person who can beat you is you, and I’m pretty sure you can take her”
    “Bring. It. On.”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 2:45 pm

    It’s simple, but…”I’ve got this!” Or, out loud to my running partner, “We’ve got this!”

  • Ashley October 26, 2010, 2:46 pm

    “I can do it!!!!!”

    I actually just blogged about the medal displays last night. They are awesome!

  • Regina October 26, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Wow, how generous!!

    Mine is “Fitness should make you strong, not skinny!”

  • Ally October 26, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I just think “212”

    See http://www.212movie.com/

  • Jen S October 26, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I have a few (including Don’t Stop Believin'” . However, the one I say to my self A LOT is

    “Believe your soul when it says you can do it, ingnore your mind when it says you can’t. You kick booty.”

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) October 26, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Voted!

    Mid workout mantra? Lately it’s “Suck it up, you CAN do this” LOL

  • Autumn Tao October 26, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I don’t have a mantra per se, but I bring myself into the awareness of the moment, and the great thing I’m doing for myself or accomplishing.

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Crazy! I just tried a new mantra this morning that I read on a blog yesterday: “you can run slower tomorrow”. I loved it!

    So often I hold back just a little bit because I don’t want to make myself too tired. This helps me to push myself to go faster when it is just my mind and not my body limiting me!

  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 2:55 pm

    “you’re doing this for YOU – keep pushing!”

    I just always have to remember how proud of myself I will be once I finish a race – it gets me to the finish line!

  • Kristine October 26, 2010, 2:56 pm

    It’s nothing earth shattering, but repeating “You can do this” over and over keeps me motivated. Awesome giveaway.

  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I try to remind myself that I can do ANYTHING for just 5 more minutes…and then when that 5 minutes passes, I repeat the same thing and go for 5 more! I also try to remember how incredibly lucky I am to be healthy enough to run, jump, stretch and breathe since not everyone can.

  • Karen October 26, 2010, 3:04 pm

    “Everyday Fierceness”!

  • Beth October 26, 2010, 3:07 pm

    “The faster I go, the sooner I’m done!”

    Haha, it works every time πŸ™‚

  • Lizzy October 26, 2010, 3:10 pm

    “the minute you think of giving up, think of the reason you held on so long”

    Works for me every time!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I LOVE those displays! For now, since a half marathon in the sleet and snow with crazy IT Band pain was the longest and worst race I’ve run, I say “You can do this… You have been strong through so much worse”.

  • MegaNerd October 26, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I know you can’t pick me b/c we are RLF (real life friends) and that would look suspicious and all, even it was done at random. I really want one of the cool medal holders, though.

    So… I’m just going to go ahead and say it anyways. My motto is “Do. Epic. Shit”. Just kidding…sort of.

  • Bonnie October 26, 2010, 3:17 pm

    “Lord, please help me get through this.” Works everytime.

  • Susan October 26, 2010, 3:19 pm

    “Pull it together!” It’s even on my Road ID.

    But now that I’ve done a half iron tri, it’s also “You’ve done 70.3 miles, you can do this.”

  • Bonnie N. October 26, 2010, 3:22 pm

    This is 90% mental!

  • Annie P. October 26, 2010, 3:29 pm

    My body and mind are strong. I can do this!

  • Christy October 26, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I usually remind myself of how far I’ve come over the last few years. But lately I think of my 11-year old daughter who went out and completed two triathlons without any prompting from me. She is inspiration to me!

  • tiffany October 26, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Wow what a great giveaway! My current mantra is “go-go gadget legs!” while running. Its a play on Inspector Gadget, but its funny enough to make me push harder. It makes me feel like I can just whip out mechanical legs and run forever hehe.

  • Tracy October 26, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I tell myself “You’ll thank yourself later; you can rest later too.”

  • Carrie H October 26, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Cool giveaway, Caitlin! I sometimes think “Thank you God for my legs!” which I know is kinda corny, but it really is how I feel — in mid-run when I want to give up, it helps me to remember how wonderful it is that my legs run and move!

  • erin c October 26, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I think..slow down…calm down..with each step you are closer..

  • elisa October 26, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Of course I can do this!

  • Casey October 26, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I tell myself that I am so much stronger than I think!!!

  • Miriam October 26, 2010, 3:38 pm

    “Do you know how many people would kill to be able to do this?”

  • Anna October 26, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I tell myself “Run YOUR Race”

  • Maryann October 26, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I dont have one specific mantra but if i think back to all the hard training i have previously done, it usually gives me that extra boost of confidence and pride to finish strong!

  • Emily October 26, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Whenever the going gets tough I yell to myself “PUSH IT!” I know I can keep going when I want to quit, and this usually helps me to go further faster!

  • Jennifer October 26, 2010, 3:48 pm

    One of my favorite quotes or mantra for running and life in general is “In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.” It reminds me that I have a choice in the matter when it comes to my accomplishments.

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Great giveaway! If I feel like quitting I tell myself, “I’m 3 miles away from my house. I’ll get there faster if I just suck it up and run!” It usually works. That, and thinking about coffee or beer!

  • Samantha October 26, 2010, 3:50 pm

    It’s so funny that your mantra is “pain is temporary, but quitting is forever”. I bought road-id’s for my brother and myself for Christmas last year and had that phrase engraved on them! I wear it right beside my garmin so I see it every time I look down to check my pace!

  • Tracy October 26, 2010, 3:52 pm

    A lot of times I’ll talk to my legs mid-run. I’ll say things like, “You can do it buddies!” Or “Thanks for putting up with this! I promise you a nice bubble bath later.”

  • DD October 26, 2010, 3:57 pm

    you’ve worked too hard to quit now!

  • Mariepouliche October 26, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I’m Canadian. One day, at TV I heard a publicity about Canadian army. They wrote Β«Pain is weakness going out of the bodyΒ». It really motivates me… even tough Canadian army suck πŸ˜‰
    I also think about the story about Dick and Rick Hoyt; I work with disabled children, their courage inspire me and I feel lucky to be able to run πŸ™‚ Thank you for this giveaway!

    • Marina October 26, 2010, 4:15 pm

      And why exactly does our Army “suck”?

      • Mariepouliche October 26, 2010, 6:00 pm

        Wrong choice of word, sorry. Didn’t mean to insult anyone.

  • Jess October 26, 2010, 4:04 pm

    My mantra is simple and easy. “Push” It’s so easy to say over and over again when I’m running and it really keeps my focused.

  • Doreena October 26, 2010, 4:07 pm

    My mantra is ‘every bit counts’ when it comes to being healthy instead of an all or nothing approach I try to remember that even if its a small step it all counts towards leading a healthier lifestyle!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 4:09 pm

    “You’ve come so far” and “enjoy the moment” are two of my favorites πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Mine is “pain is weakness leaving the body”. gets me through the rough miles in training!

  • natalie (the sweets life) October 26, 2010, 4:10 pm

    ooh i would love to win one of those! my mantra: “you may not always be able to do it, so do it now while you can!”

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith October 26, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I have been following Oh She Glows mantra: I am so much stronger than I think! It helps me get through a long run when I am starting to burn out.

  • Maya October 26, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Ahh! I was just thinking when you posted about this medal display how I needed to get one. I actually have used the pain is temporary one on runs, which I got from you, so I’ll say that one!

  • Britney October 26, 2010, 4:21 pm

    My mantra is whatever race I’m training for – I ran my first 10k a few weeks ago, so when the runs got tough I just said “ten-kay ten-k” over and over! It helped me keep my end goal in sight (and reminded me why I was doing five-mile runs in the first place!).

  • Cate October 26, 2010, 4:22 pm

    I usually end up saying “you can totally do this” or some version of “you are stronger than you think you are”

  • jeanna October 26, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I always ask myself what my goals are. Then I remind myself that it is OK to be uncomfortable.

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 4:34 pm

    My high school teamates and I would always punctuate hard Friday runs and workouts by talking about the yummy food/hot shower/weekend plans that would be waiting for us after we finished!

  • Jules October 26, 2010, 4:53 pm

    my mantra in life is “adversity makes you stronger”

  • Jannifer October 26, 2010, 4:54 pm

    This is silly but a simple “You Can Do It” works for me!

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 4:55 pm

    I began taking a yoga class a few months ago and we had to write a sankalpa. I was at peak training for my half marathon and I tried to think of a sankalpa that I could use when a run became especially challenging. Now whenever I start to doubt my abilities mid-run I repeat: “I am determined and strong. Relax and keep moving”

  • Allison Lore October 26, 2010, 4:55 pm

    My mantra is to remind myself how lucky I am to be running and how good I’ll feel when I finish!

  • Michal October 26, 2010, 4:58 pm

    “You were made to do this! You can do this! Keep running!”

  • Megan (Running Foodie) October 26, 2010, 4:58 pm

    You’re an athlete – your body was made to do this!

  • NC October 26, 2010, 5:01 pm

    My workout mantra is

    You are stronger than you think
    Nothing can take the place of persistence…

  • MarathonVal October 26, 2010, 5:02 pm

    One of my favorites (and the quote on my Road ID) – “Do what you think you cant’!”

  • Sarah Rigs October 26, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Ala Dory from Finding Nemo, I like to repeat “Just keep swimming” or biking, or running, or whatever I’m doing at the time.

  • kt October 26, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Quite simply, “Breathe.” It’s all you need.

  • elizabeth October 26, 2010, 5:10 pm

    “when your leg get tired; run with your heart”

  • Brianna October 26, 2010, 5:11 pm

    my new fave:

    Tough times don’t last.
    Tough people do.

  • penny October 26, 2010, 5:15 pm

    Strong like ox, fast like cheetah.

  • Sarah K. @ the Pajama Chef October 26, 2010, 5:16 pm

    pain is temporary, pride is forever.

  • Courtney (greeneyedrunner) October 26, 2010, 5:19 pm

    I have two genres:

    the first is tough love:
    “you’re a badass, now beast through this.”
    “suck it up”
    “push it! you KNOW you can do this!”

    and the second is gratitude-based. after Team in Training, and the death of someone close to a friend of mine from leukemia, when it gets rough i tell myself:
    “do this for michelle, because you CAN run. do this because you CAN and there are people that would give ANYTHING to be able to have even a bad workout!”

  • Shannon October 26, 2010, 5:20 pm

    you’re stronger than you know

  • mal October 26, 2010, 5:25 pm

    In highschool, my cross country coach used to always tell us: ‘it’s all between your ears’ meaning that the race had a large part to do with your mentality and if you really wanted to do well!

  • Brigid October 26, 2010, 5:26 pm

    I can do anything for 10 more minutes.

  • Sarah B October 26, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Do not be afraid of moving too slow, instead be afraid of not moving at all! is my favorite because sometimes just getting to the gym or getting started is the hardest part! Once I start my workout it’s fine and I feel so much better, the hardest part for me is still finding the motivation some days!

  • Kalen October 26, 2010, 5:32 pm

    ‘I’m here because I want to be, not because I have to be!’

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 5:34 pm

    I keep repeating “just keep running”

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 5:35 pm

    I tend to be too competitive to give up, but when I need a little extra boost I talk myself up!
    β€œI am the wind. I am strong, light, fast” or “I’m a running machine, not going down without a fight!”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I often think “nothing worth having ever came easy!” or i try to think about how far i have come in my running and how proud i am of what my body can do!

  • Kelley October 26, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I always tell myself how successful I will feel when I’m done. It works!

  • Colleen C October 26, 2010, 5:43 pm

    No matter how much it hurts, not matter how much you want to stop, at least your still able to be out there! So many people can’t for whatever reason, embrace that you can, and run for them as well as yourself.

    “One foot in front of the other”

    “Keep pushing through”

  • Mary Ann October 26, 2010, 5:52 pm

    When I’m in the middle of a workout, I think just that…”It’s half way done!” We run so we can eat and we eat so we run. It works.

  • Regina October 26, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Per Jillian Michaels.. “Pain is fear leaving the body”

  • Vicki October 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

    “You can do this!” Over and over…

  • Megan October 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

    “You’ve changed the definition of who you are and who you are is someone who keeps pushing.”

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 6:03 pm

    One of the songs on my iPod starts “keep your head up, and breathe”! It always makes me smile.

  • Claire October 26, 2010, 6:05 pm

    Mine is either “go hard or go home” or “today is not that day”. I’m a little bit type A when it comes to workouts!

  • Heather S October 26, 2010, 6:06 pm

    “Remember you want to wear that adorable bikini next summer” repeat as needed.

  • Erica October 26, 2010, 6:07 pm

    “I am strong”

  • trang October 26, 2010, 6:08 pm

    One of my favorite songs I always worked out to is “don’t stop believin’, and I always say “be the change you want to see,” it reminds me to not give up and push even harder

  • Brenna October 26, 2010, 6:09 pm

    I got my mantra from Angela at OhSheGlows:
    “I am stronger than I know, I am stronger than I think.”

  • Angela October 26, 2010, 6:09 pm

    “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”

  • Allison October 26, 2010, 6:11 pm

    My college has a latin motto that I no longer remember, but the English translation is a good one for running:
    “Strength rejoices in the challenge.”

    It’s a good reminder to be joyful that you can run and that you are strong, even when you feel challenged.

  • Megan L October 26, 2010, 6:12 pm

    “Be grateful that you CAN run, and make the most of it!”

  • Leslie October 26, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I don’t know if it qualifies as a mantra, but I always like to remind myself, “The faster you run, the faster you will be finished.” Haha, I like having the end in sight. What can I say, it works for me!

  • Tiffany October 26, 2010, 6:15 pm

    My mantra is “it will feel so much better when you are done!”

  • KatieF October 26, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I’m yet another Finding Nemo mantra person: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”.

  • Elana October 26, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Mine is simple: “I can do this. I Can do this. I CAN do this!” then usually followed by thoughts of how less than a year ago, I couldn’t even run a mile without walking breaks, and look at me now! (I just ran my first half 2 weeks ago!)

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 26, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go
    ~T.S. Elliot

  • CM October 26, 2010, 6:29 pm

    Mine is “Smooth and strong all day long”!

  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 6:29 pm

    You got this! Just keep going. Think about how great you feel. This isn’t bad. Remember those days in Houston and Georgia? Those were bad! This is nothing!

    (I marched drum corps over the summer and our days in Houston and Georgia were the worst!)

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 6:33 pm

    I voted for you!

    I usually just have the Dory from Finding Nemo quote going through my head, only instead of swimming its running…just keep running just keep running, running what do we do we run. I also tell myself the faster I run the faster I can eat. Haha!

  • Debbie Burke October 26, 2010, 6:33 pm

    “You got this” but now I wonder why it is in third person.

  • Brittany October 26, 2010, 6:33 pm

    My favorite thing to tell myself is, “I can do anything for just a few more minutes!” Usually I tell myself this multiple times if I have multiple “just a few more minutes” left. c: I just like to think that in the grand scheme of things the amount of time I’m running isn’t all that much, so might as well make the most of it!

  • Caroline October 26, 2010, 6:39 pm

    “you’re body is much stronger than your mind can comprehend” – ps. i want this…bad.

  • Robin October 26, 2010, 6:39 pm

    Be Strong-Prove Them Wrong!

  • Christine October 26, 2010, 6:54 pm

    I run for so much more than the booty benefits, but this one (from the lady runners in my group) makes me giggle. “Hills make your butt look awesome!”

  • Ali October 26, 2010, 6:54 pm

    Suffering is just mental attachment to the pain –detach!

  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 6:56 pm

    “You CAN do this! Don’t quit!”

  • Tami October 26, 2010, 6:56 pm

    My Mantra………….”It’s either now or never!” I have a hard time staying on track with excercise. If I miss just a couple of times I take 6 months to get back on track. Since I’ve started thinking this way I’ve lost 20 pounds and have worked out consistently for 4 months, 3 times a week! I’m so happy to show my kids that excercise is important and can make a difference.

  • Jenny October 26, 2010, 6:57 pm

    “Just keep pushing” =)

  • Emma October 26, 2010, 6:59 pm

    Kayne West and “Stronger.”

  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 6:59 pm

    “Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot…..”

  • Tara October 26, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I have quite a lot.. it’s my racing season right now (I run cross country) and I often repeat “PR”, “you are beautiful, strong, etc” and especially “You can do anything for 20 minutes!”

  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 7:04 pm

    Mine’s pretty basic- “1/4 done… 1/3 done… 1/2 done… etc.” If I break my workout up like that, it seems easier and I feel more accomplished when I’m finished πŸ˜€

  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 7:06 pm

    “It’s worth it” / “I got this”

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 26, 2010, 7:15 pm

    I voted for you!

    Mine is “You CAN do this!” Pretty simple, but it always keeps me going. πŸ˜€

  • Greta October 26, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I tell myself, “The only way to convince yourself that you CAN finish is to finish.”

  • Julie October 26, 2010, 7:31 pm

    “Toughen Up Buttercup!”

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices October 26, 2010, 7:33 pm

    “You can do it!”

  • joy October 26, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Mine is silly but it is “keep going”

  • Carin October 26, 2010, 7:37 pm

    “For everything I am, for everything I do, for everything ahead of me” – it’s positive, it’s got a good rhythm, it makes me think about what I’m running for and the person I’m becoming and it makes me think of my children and family.

  • Elliott October 26, 2010, 7:39 pm

    YOU won’t stop ME!

  • Brooke October 26, 2010, 7:39 pm

    “I’m not with my babies right now. I can run another mile if it means 10 more minutes to myself!” πŸ™‚

  • Vicki M. October 26, 2010, 7:44 pm

    Stronger, Faster, Longer

  • Nicole @ running around the rock October 26, 2010, 7:46 pm

    If you want to race faster, you have to practice faster πŸ™‚

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 7:46 pm

    pain is weakness leaving the body!!

  • Erin S October 26, 2010, 7:52 pm

    You are strong. You will finish.

  • Espie October 26, 2010, 7:52 pm

    Great giveaway!
    My mantra is corny but totally keeps me going…”THIS is living”

  • Whitney October 26, 2010, 7:59 pm

    “I’m stronger than I think I am” – stolen from Angela at Oh She Glows….works every time!

  • Christina October 26, 2010, 7:59 pm

    My mantra is “You ARE tough/strong enough to do this.” and “Yes you can!”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I just like to think “Some People Do This Everyday!! I Can Too”

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 8:10 pm

    My mantra is “Finish strong… the chocolate is waiting for you.” hehe

  • KG October 26, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Usually, it’s “Just think of how great you are going to feel when you finish this workout!”

  • Abby October 26, 2010, 8:12 pm

    “You did a triathlon – you can do this!” Makes me feel better when I’m struggling on my 3 mile run. Ha!

  • diana October 26, 2010, 8:21 pm

    “somebody kick my butt please” so i can go further haha.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 26, 2010, 8:21 pm

    “You can either throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”

    It’s a Gatorade ad.

  • Wendy October 26, 2010, 8:22 pm

    a simple: “you can do it!” always works for me!

  • Kara Q October 26, 2010, 8:36 pm

    I always stick with, “it’ll be over soon!” ha

  • Heather October 26, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Anything worth achieving requires some pain!

  • Maria@LaPiattini October 26, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I always go with “Everyday is a new day”

  • Alexis October 26, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I love “You are stronger than you think!” That, or, “Just think about the carbs you’ll eat after this!” haha It’s silly, but it usually works for me πŸ™‚

  • sirenjess October 26, 2010, 8:48 pm

    “Feel the road” my friend says it all the time and it cracks me up when I’m running

  • cassie October 26, 2010, 8:48 pm

    i think i borrowed this from someone in blogworld, but i love saying “i can do anything for just 5 more minutes!”

  • Susan October 26, 2010, 8:54 pm

    This is good timing. I actually don’t have a running motto (and I’ll be scanning the multitudes of comments here for a few). But my personal motto (that I’ll somehow incorporate) is a Bible passage. “She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

  • Emma October 26, 2010, 8:54 pm

    For my first full marathon a few weeks ago I went back and forth between “you’re stronger than you think” and “just keep running, just keep running” (said like “just keep swimming” in Finding Nemo :-P)

  • Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness October 26, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Mine is “You are strong, keep it going!”

    I LOVE these medal displays!!

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 8:57 pm

    I admit, I use yours a lot, but if I had to come up with my own it would be “Starting is half the battle, finishing is the easy part.”

  • Laura October 26, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Mine is to repeat “you can do this” over and over and over πŸ™‚

  • Meredith October 26, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Smooth and steady.

  • Kristen October 26, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I don’t just have one. The one that works best for me is “you CAN and will do this.” I also love imagining the finish line.

  • Kristen W October 26, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Don’t ever give up!

  • Amanda October 26, 2010, 9:22 pm

    “Put Your Head Down And Keep Going. You Can Do This.”

  • Maribeth October 26, 2010, 9:26 pm

    “Do or do not–there is no try” -Yoda πŸ˜€

  • Lee October 26, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I often tell myself “You have to run faster to get faster.”

  • Ali @ Vegan Booty October 26, 2010, 9:36 pm

    My favorite is simple: “I can do anything; I’m healthy and alive!”

  • Tess October 26, 2010, 9:51 pm

    My mantra is all about perspective on how far I have come with running. “Remember when you couldn’t run down the block. Now, you can run 26.2 miles. You can do this!”

  • Queenie October 26, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I always repeat: “You are a strong, fast runner. Go out and rock it.”

  • sue October 26, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I always just tell myself only “x”more minutes to run or stay on this machine (if I’m at the gym) and you’ll be done. Usually I end up working out longer or running faster than if I had just quit when I “felt” like it. If I’m in a race I just trail someone else and tell myself if they can do it, I can do it.

    Great giveaway!!

  • Jill October 26, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Mine is “You can do this”

  • Lesley October 26, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Everything you need, you already have!

  • Ilene October 26, 2010, 10:12 pm

    “Do it for the Fat Lady.”
    hahaha just kidding πŸ™‚
    “Do what you love. Love what you do.”

  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:13 pm

    My mantra is, “One more step”. Taking each run step by step keeps me from getting overwhelmed.

  • mckay October 26, 2010, 10:14 pm

    I use “give 100%, no regrets” and always think about how I will feel afterwards if I cut my workout short, give up on my pace goals or have to make up additional mileage later in the week.

  • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 10:17 pm

    My favorite is “I GET to run!” Any time a run gets tough I remind myself how lucky I am that I have the choice to run – that I am strong, healthy and alive!

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Love this!! My mantras are all simple “never give up,” “strong mind, strong body” and just repeating to myself that I can do it all work pretty well. And when all else fails, i have to yell at my mind to “shut up” and just run. πŸ˜‰

  • Debbie McKnight October 26, 2010, 10:26 pm

    My favorite mid workout phrase is, “You’ve got this”. It works every time.

  • Dione October 26, 2010, 10:27 pm

    I love to repeat to myself “you can do anything!” but when I’m really tirefd “only to the end of the curb” works too!

  • Mary October 26, 2010, 10:32 pm

    My favorite mid-workout phrases are:

    β€œThey’re not telling me to quit. My muscles are screaming that they’re sorry and promising to serve me better tomorrow.”

    and

    β€œIf you can still think, you’re not dead, and if you’re not dead, you can keep going.”

    • Rebecca October 27, 2010, 12:48 pm

      I love that – – your muscles are apologizing and promising to serve you better next time!! I’m stealing that – – I hope you don’t mind!

      • Mary October 27, 2010, 11:12 pm

        Go for it! I’m sure I ‘acquired’ it from someone else!

  • Ashley October 26, 2010, 10:32 pm

    “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” Finding Nemo is such a cute movie, and it always works to motivate me. Just keep going!

  • Sara October 26, 2010, 10:38 pm

    Push yourself today because you may not have a chance tomorrow.

  • Kate October 26, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I tell myself that if Oprah and P Diddy (and all those other celebrities) can run a marathon, then so can I.

  • angelaLOVESfood October 26, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Stop thinking about it, just do it. “Do something”

  • Hilary October 26, 2010, 10:44 pm

    “All it takes is all you got”

  • aron October 26, 2010, 10:46 pm

    LOVE these! “you will never regret going for a run”

  • Teresea October 26, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Although I don’t have a mantra, when I really want to push myself I imagine my brother who passed away is just ahead of me and if I run faster I can catch him. Also, I think about running for those who can’t. Both of these get me moving!

  • Jennifer October 26, 2010, 10:58 pm

    I don’t really have a mantra..thinking about the yummy food I get to eat when I am done is enough motivation for me πŸ™‚

  • Deanna October 26, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Hi Caitlin! My mantra for mid- (or end of) workout is “Float On.” Whenever Modest Mouse comes on my ipod and I hear their song Float On, I know I will be OK, no matter how tired I am or how much I wanna give up. It’s such a positive song I can take with me in any situation. “Even if things get heavy, we’ll all float on.”

  • Amanda @ Vegacious October 26, 2010, 11:10 pm

    My mantra? Amanda, you survived cancer so surely you can keep going for x more minutes!!!

  • molly October 26, 2010, 11:18 pm

    I just love the scene in A League of Their Own when Dottie says, “it just got too hard” and Jimmie replies:

    “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

    So, based off that (I thought I needed to give it some context), whenever I really need to push through things most people find crazy (such as my first marathon last week!) I think “THE HARD IS WHAT MAKES IT GREAT!”

    • molly October 26, 2010, 11:21 pm

      ps, I seriously recommend that movie to anyone who is yet to see it πŸ™‚

  • Lauren October 26, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I don’t remember where this came from, but I regularly come back to repeating “Run Tall”. Doesn’t necessarily make much sense, but it makes me run taller when I’m tired, and thus run better!

  • Laura Ann October 26, 2010, 11:23 pm

    “Stronger with every step.” And when that doesn’t work, I just picture Jillian yelling hysterically at me to keep at it!

  • Tay October 26, 2010, 11:48 pm

    “This is when it counts.” Those tough miles are what gets us mentally stronger.

  • Lindsey October 26, 2010, 11:52 pm

    I have many!!! “Mind over matter” and “It’s okay to be uncomfortable” and “You can do ANYTHING for xx minutes.” I love the Pride is Forever hanger.

  • Anita October 26, 2010, 11:55 pm

    I repeat ove and over “You can do it Anita, you can do it”

  • Elisabeth October 27, 2010, 12:05 am

    Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?

  • Catherine October 27, 2010, 12:07 am

    You’ve got legs, use em!

  • Emily October 27, 2010, 1:26 am

    If I don’t finish this today, it’ll be more difficult to do it again tomorrow. I CAN DO IT.

    Plus, I’ll feel better afterwards than I did when I woke up. πŸ˜€

  • Meagan October 27, 2010, 1:54 am

    Hmm, I always tell myself just look how far you have come, and just a little more….I always finish out my workouts by doing this! Even if I’m only 10 minutes in I encourage myself “just a little more” and 40 minutes later I finish!

  • Kim October 27, 2010, 1:58 am

    Think of how good you’ll feel when it’s over!

  • Megan October 27, 2010, 3:31 am

    I love those holders.

    I tell myself that it takes a whole lot longer to walk to the finish line than it does to run there.

  • Meghan October 27, 2010, 6:55 am

    I love these medal holders! My favorite mantra is “you are so much stronger than you think you are.”

  • Anne October 27, 2010, 7:08 am

    These holders are awesome! My favorite mantra is “It isn’t a miracle that I finished, it is a miracle that I started!”

  • Melanie@idreamoftahini October 27, 2010, 7:42 am

    I have two medals with no home – they reside in a drawer. Love the idea. My favorite Mantra is “It’s a Journey, not a Destination”!!

  • Emily October 27, 2010, 8:11 am

    “It is not the mountain we conquor, but ourselves” ~Sir Edmund Hillary (and he would know something about moutains!) I absolutely LOVE these holders, right now my 2010 medals are hanging in my work cube by a paperclip πŸ˜‰

  • postcollegecook October 27, 2010, 9:11 am

    If it’s a long, long run, I chant how many minutes are left toward the end, in step with my running (like, “fif-teen min-utes! fif-teen min-utes!”) I also think about friends and family who are sick, elderly or for some reason physically can’t run and that motivates me to keep going – because I can.

  • Kait October 27, 2010, 9:31 am

    “No pain, No pineapple.” my swim coach used to give us pineapple pieces after a spectacular performance in the pool. After hours in chlorine yummy sweet pineapple never tasted so good. 10 years later its still my favorite treat after a particularly hard workout.

  • Ashley October 27, 2010, 11:42 am

    “Your dream is my reality” I’m pretty competitive so I love to think in competitive, but nice, ways. LOVE your blog. πŸ™‚

  • Laura October 27, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I think of the song Ali in the Jungle by The Hours. In fact, I often play it in the middle of a run or hard workout because it really pushes me. It was played in a Nike commercial and is very catchy. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish”

  • Wendy October 27, 2010, 10:07 pm

    When you can no longer run with you legs, run with your heart.

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