I've been asking friends for ideas for a new running mantra. I'm looking for something a little challenging, a little motivating and a little badass (all to suit my personality). I tried out REMEMBER MY NAME and BECAUSE F**K PAIN but neither felt quite right.
I also tried out a line I think I saw on a Dove body wash campaign that was something like, LET'S SEE WHAT'S POSSIBLE. That was good, but not quite it.
Then I found it. I was at the gym, on the treadmill doing intervals and feeding myself every excuse in the book on why I should let myself quit. I was battling it out mentally and finally told myself I could make up excuses until the sun went down, but I was going to stay right where I was and run anyway.
That's it. It works in every situation. It's the perfect counter for every excuse.
I'm tired. RUN ANYWAY.
I want to quit. RUN ANYWAY.
My quads hurt. RUN ANYWAY.
I didn't sleep well last night. RUN ANYWAY.
My shoe's coming untied. RUN ANYWAY.
My cat hates me. RUN ANYWAY.
I won't claim I've stopped taking breaks, but a mantra is like a muscle--you have to build it up. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. I'm loving this mantra. It's simple, it's no excuses and if I get in real trouble in a race, I can still tie everything in together.
"I'm tired. / Run anyway. Because f**k pain! And once I destroy this course, I'm going to make it say my name."