Race mantras are one mental strategy that can help with your running by keeping you focused and positive during a challenging race. If you have never used a race mantra before you may not know where to start. I’m going to share some examples of helpful race mantras and also explain how to use them. This way you can come up with you own and practice to use them during a challenging run or race!
Helpful Race Mantras and How To Use Them
Race mantras can be a word or short phrase that is significant to you. It gets repeated over and over to help you stay focused and get through a challenging part of a race.
Examples of Race Mantras
Here are some examples of race mantras. Maybe one of these will resonate with you. If not, come up with something meaningful to you! It can be a good idea to have a few so you can use them at different times.
- Keep believing
- The faster I run, the faster I’m done
- When your legs get tired run with your heart
- Run strong
- Don’t give up
- Just keep going
- Finish strong
- This feeling will pass
- Breathe in strength, breathe out weakness
- What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
- Stay calm
- I can do hard things
- I’m prepared for this
- One mile at a time
- Believe that you can, decide that you will
How to Use Race Mantras
Once you have chosen a few mantras that you want to use during a race, write them down. Next to each one write a few sentences describing what that mantra means to you. The mantra will be short (just a few words) but the meaning behind it will be more detailed. Do some brainstorming to flush out your thoughts about each one.
Next you will want to practice using them. The easiest way to start is by using them when you don’t really need them. For example, if you’re just driving in your car and thinking about your upcoming race choose one of your mantras to repeat in your mind a few times, then remind yourself of what it means to you.
From there you should practice using a mantra during more challenging moments, like during a run or workout. You may want to choose a couple of practice mantras if you want to save your race mantras for race day and not overuse them. When your run gets challenging, repeat your mantra in your mind about 3 times and think about what it means to you.
Other ideas for race mantras
You can also have your mantra written somewhere, like on a bracelet, a water bottle, or even your hand. Maybe if you have friends or family members cheering during your race you can have them add your mantra to a sign!
Example of practicing a mantra
One race mantra I like to use is “Run Strong”. If I were to prepare to use this during a race I would write it down and then describe why I chose it. I might write “I know that I am a strong runner. I’ve worked hard this training cycle to build strength and endurance. I want to run strong both physically and mentally”. Then when I am thinking about my race I would remind myself of why I want to run strong. During a hard workout I would practice using this mantra. Then, I would use it on race day! I even have this mantra on one of my bracelets.
Using race mantras is one mental strategy that can help you during a race. It’s worth giving a try if you need a way to get through some of those challenging moments when racing!
What is your favorite race mantra?
Do you practice mental strategies before a race?
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