Today, we’ll talk about how to craft a mantra… inspirational slogans meant to provide that little extra oomph to get you past a personal challenge . As many of us are going to be hitting our long runs in preparation for an event happening in May (we’re doing the Coastal Delaware Race) – it’s important to have this motivational tip in your back pocket.
You can find mantras popping up all the time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…. So instead of just providing a list of great mantras for you to pick and choose from, we decided to go a little deeper on the subject and discuss making your own powerful mantra movie.
When I was training for my first marathon, as per usual, I was getting all OCD and gobbling up any piece of advice that I could find. One of my favorite things to do was and is to listen to podcasts while on my long runs. In one of the podcasts from Marathon Training Academy, they talked about a mantra they used: Release the Kraken!
I used this mantra on my longer runs during training whenever I needed that little extra push to dig deep and keep going when my body and mind were in cahoots to make me stop. So on race day, I had my little mantra ready to whip out and come to my rescue when I hit mile 18. The trouble is… it didn’t work.
My inner Kraken turned out to be more like a tiny turtle just when I needed it most… what was the problem? Did I overuse it? Maybe. Did it have enough “mantra juice” to keep my engine running? Obviously not.
Keep on Running!
Julia, Patrick & Jo-Jo