Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Motivational Quotes and Mantras

When looking for motivation to get out there and run (or do anything for that matter), I sometimes like to read and repeat quotes that get me thinking and give me the will to get out there and "just do it." Some of my favorites are:

"Love yourself for who and what you are, 
protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent." 
~ Joan Benoit Samuelson

"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, 
it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." 
~ Jesse Owens

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." 
~ Steve Prefontaine

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, 
because you get out of it what you put into it." 
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Without ambition one starts nothing. 
Without work one finishes nothing."
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Success is the result of perfection, 
hard work, learning from failure, 
loyalty, and persistence." 
~ Colin Powell

"There is only one way to succeed in anything,
 and that is to give it everything." 
~ Vince Lombardi

"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. 
It knows it must run faster than the lion or it will not survive.
 Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows 
it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. 
It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, 
when the sun comes up, you better be running." 
~ African Proverb

"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. 
Full effort is full victory.
~ Mahatma Ghandi

Another way I stay motivated during a training run and especially during a race when I'm hurting, is to utilize a mantra. Like the above quotes, mantras motivate and inspire. But if you are like me, my brain doesn't work all that great when I'm going at an all-out effort. Quotes are way too long to remember, but a mantra is something short with a few words (or even just one word) that makes you focus and push through. The dictionary defines mantra as "a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating" or "a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expressed someone's basic beliefs." Mantras are great because they can be spoken (or thought) to the tempo of your feet hitting the road or to your breathing. Doing this helps to relax and focus.

Some examples:

Better. Faster. Stronger


Just do it.

Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.

Hills are my friend.

Trust your training.

The faster you run, the faster you're done.

Just typing those out have given me the strong desire to get out there. Unfortunately, it's the middle of the day and with the boys here and no treadmill to jump onto, I'm stuck until late tonight after work or first thing in the morning. 

My main reason for writing this post is to try and give myself a jump-start on this marathon training. I am getting close to the make or break point in doing this. With less than 14 weeks to go, I've yet to successfully complete a run in my plan. Sure, I had a pretty good race at the Mid-Winter Classic 10 Miler last week, but my long run called for 13 that day. This past Sunday I had a 15-miler in the line up, but worked a VERY busy double at work (running around for over 11 hours) that left my legs so sore I felt like I had already run the marathon. Maybe I should have worn a pedometer to see how far I went. And during the week? Major fail. Slippery roads and no extra cash to join a gym to use a treadmill have me stuck and stumped. But, at the risk of sounding cliché, if there's a will, there's a way. There has just got to be! 

Do you have a motivational quote to share?

Do you use mantras when you run?


  1. I have a bunch on my blog. Hope it is ok to link it up here - http://fauxrunner.blogspot.com/p/motivational-quotes.html

  2. Pain is temporary. Quitting last forever.

    (even if Lance Armstrong said it)

  3. The great Jens Voigt said it best,"Shut up legs!"


  4. Maybe use the post office quote, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." My goal this year is to see how many consecutive days in a row I can get out. I have been out every day since Dec. 31st. My best run was on blizzard day with goggles and tunes.


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