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Ask the Coach: What Should My Running Mantra Be?

Running Mantras are Gold

NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has answers for all things training. When it comes to runner psychology, Kigar recognizes that positive mindsets can help runners overcome many of those internal struggles.

Do you have any favorite mantras to keep my head on the run when I’d prefer to be running water for a bath?

The best mantras are short, positive phrases that carry personal meaning. When I raced in high school and college, I’d say to myself, “You are just fine.” The phrase was something my mom used when I was little. If I fell down or was upset and crying, she would look me in the eye, put her hand on my back and calmly say, “You are just fine.” It helped remind me that the suffering of the race would pass. A line from your favorite song can also be a great mantra to help you refocus as you pound out the miles. Maybe you like “I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up” (Destiny’s Child), or even “Work, work, work, work, work” (Rihanna).

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