Run Stronger… with Mantras

Running is the best workout. 

Running is tough.  Running is fun.  Running is a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  The activity changes, it gets harder, easier, and back to hard. 

As New Englanders heading into the colder months, we have a challenge unlike many other climates.  Our climate is only pleasant for 1 month! 

How do you stay strong through the coldest, hottest, longest, toughest of runs? 

mantra

An old coach of mine, Lisa Mikkelesen of Framingham, Massachusetts owner of the CrossFit. Never Doubt of Milford introduced me to the power of practiced mantras.  It is important to have your mantras ready for the hard, unexpected challenges of your workouts.  A mantra can help drive consistency and power through your entire workout.

In case you’re unsure, a “mantra is any repeated word or phrase, but it can also refer more specifically to a word repeated in meditation. Mantra comes from a Sanskrit word meaning a “sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel.” The Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathya Baba said, “A pure thought from a pure heart is better than a mantra.” Meaning, a mantra is great and all, but really, pure intentions and genuine kindness mean more.”

The great coach Lisa was, she provided me this mantra to think about during my training.  It is also very applicable for life!

 “Optimal experience, where we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished, does not come through passive, receptive, relaxing times. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Such experiences are not necessarily pleasant at the time they occur. Yet, in the long-run, optimal experiences add up to a sense of mastery, or perhaps, better, a sense of participation in determining the content of life.”

I often thought about this statement and use more pointed statements during workouts like…

I Love Running.

I am Fast.

 A popular mantra I hear is, ” I love Hills, they make me stronger.”

What’s your mantra?

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