So what's yours? (this thread often pops up in Newbies, is usually quite amusing)
Mine was - "Pass the skinnies, pass the skinnies" but will likely be "2:29:59, 2:29:59, ...." for my next 1/2 Marathon in March
I have two..one is not very lady like...."Move your fat A$$", Move your fat A$$.
The other is I count to 16. Why 16? Because during many a boring treadmill mile, I have discovered that I take 16 steps to a hundredth mile. Or 160 steps to a tenth...Whatever...it makes the time go by.
Training - It has always been: "God may not have blessed me with a lot of running talent, but he did bless me with a will to train harder than you"
Racing When it hurts real bad: "You haven't pushed too hard until you pass out"
Well my first race ever is only about 37 days away and I tell myself each day that " for once you will finish something a goal you set over 20 years ago" so far so good.
"You can have a victory without winning"
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For ages, it's been Van Morrison's "Moondance". The was a 1/2 marathon where a woman said she watched me dance for 7 miles. If it isn't fun, why bother. I need to remember this as I'm working on speed. I started placing more and now it's become more of a goal. Having fun should be my goal. Running safe should be a goal. Everything else is a bonus.
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This is sorta "running related' but when going out in the recent (& recently ended) bitter cold weather, rather than shivering and being miserable until I ran enough to warm up, I'd puff my chest out, hold my head up, and tell myself, repeatedly, "embrace the cold."
"The ball is in my court" The first 5k I did the night before I was nervous and was telling my brother I didn't think I could do it to which he replied it seems like the ball is in your court. I recited that frequently the next day and frequently since.
One that was quite helpful on the last 20 mile training run that I did was "Pain is weakness leaving the body". Seemed to give a purpose to my aching legs and keep me from wanting to give up !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
Oh the same note, sometimes "This is making you stronger" is also a helpful one! I see it as referring to physical strength, but also mental