My Top 53 Running Mantras

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David Dack

Are you ready to tap into the power of the mind and unlock your running potential?

Well, you’ve stumbled upon the perfect spot because we’re about to dive headfirst into the wonderful world of running mantras.

Listen up, my friend, because here’s the undeniable truth: when you believe in yourself and embrace positive thoughts, you set the stage for greatness. It’s like creating a mental runway where your running dreams can take flight. On the flip side, if you let negativity hijack your thoughts during your runs, well, let’s just say disappointment might be lurking around the corner.

So, let’s get real for a moment. Reaching your full potential as a runner isn’t just about the physical aspect. It’s a beautiful dance that begins in your head. Your mind is a powerful tool, capable of propelling you forward or holding you back. And that’s why today, I’m thrilled to share one of my all-time favorite mental training tools with you: the trusty, old-fashioned mantras.

Now, you might be wondering, what in the world are mantras and how can they help me become a better runner? Well, my eager friend, allow me to enlighten you. Mantras are like little nuggets of inspiration, wisdom, and motivation that you can repeat to yourself during your runs.

In this post, I’ll not only unravel the secrets behind using mantras effectively, but I’ll also shower you with a treasure trove of my personal favorite running mantras and motivational quotes. Consider it your arsenal of mental fortitude, ready to fuel your runs and keep you going strong.

Ready? Let’s go.

What’s a Mantra?

Let’s unravel the enchanting world of mantras and how they intertwine with our running and fitness journeys. Picture this: a mantra is like a secret key that unlocks hidden reservoirs of strength and resilience within us. It’s a powerful tool that has been passed down through the ages, originating from various spiritual practices that span the globe.

From the captivating rhythm of the Islamic Sufi dhikr to the soothing resonance of the Buddhism mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum,” these ancient traditions have recognized the immense power of repetitive sounds, words, or phrases. They understood that mantras can serve as anchors in times of concentration or as guiding lights during moments of pain and adversity.

Now, you might be wondering, “What does all of this have to do with running and fitness?” Well, my friend, the connection is profound. Mantras can be our companions on the arduous journey of running, providing solace and strength when faced with difficulties. They become the encouraging whispers that uplift our spirits and propel us forward.

Think of mantras as mental armor, shielding us from the onslaught of negative thoughts and transforming them into positive affirmations. When we repeat these sacred words to ourselves, we tap into a wellspring of inner peace and determination. It’s like spinning a thread of negativity into a tapestry of positivity, allowing us to maintain control over our inner state and stay fully present in the moment.

Making your Own Running Mantras

Let me share a little secret with you based on my own experience. The most effective mantras are those that are personal, positive, concise, and action-oriented. They’re like little sparks of inspiration that ignite a fire within us, pushing us towards greatness.

Here’s the key: your mantra should be all about YOU. It should reflect your deepest desires and aspirations. Instead of focusing on the challenges you’re facing, shift your attention to the feelings you want to experience. It’s like flipping a coin and seeing the bright side, the positive flip-side of your negative thoughts and beliefs.

Imagine this: your mantra becomes your personal cheerleader, guiding you towards success. It’s a gentle nudge in the right direction, a constant reminder of the amazing things you’re capable of achieving. So, when crafting your mantra, ensure that it aligns with your goals and resonates with your soul.

Now, let’s talk about brevity. A mantra should be short, snappy, and easy to remember. We’re not writing a novel here. Keep it concise, capturing the essence of your intention in just a few seconds. Think of it as a concentrated burst of motivation that instantly uplifts your spirits.

Why do we emphasize brevity? Well, it’s simple. In the midst of a challenging run or workout, you don’t want to be juggling complex phrases in your mind. Your mantra should flow effortlessly, effortlessly seeping into your thoughts and driving you forward. Three seconds or less is the sweet spot, allowing you to quickly access its power whenever you need it.

Use Visuals

If you want to take it a step further, then you can write some of these mantras on your hands and forearms before a hard run or a race to keep them at the front of your mind.

This can provide you with a great visual reminder when you begin to doubt yourself.

So do whatever works even if it sounds bizarre.

Be Careful

I love mantras, but like any other useful tool, they can be misused.

If you rely heavily on them and ignore your body’s signal of pain and discomfort, then you are heading in the wrong direction.

Mantras can be so distracting sometimes, so be careful and don’t let them take your mind away from your body.

Use common sense here.

If you feel any sign of pain or discomfort, back off. Otherwise, if you run through pain, you will definitely invite more pain to your life, and no amounts of mantras can make that go away.

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 Top 53 Running  Mantras 

The good news is there is no shortage of inspiration to keep your running routine going strong.

These powerful mantras can help you say on track to being the fittest, healthiest and happiest runner you can be.

So without further ado, here are 53 mindset mantras for continuous progress on the running track.

Use these powerful running mantras to help you snap out of negative thoughts and keep your running goals on track.

  1. “Run fast, go past.”
  2. “Born to Run.”
  3. “BELIEVE”
  4. “Define yourself.”
  5. “Deep breaths, quick legs.”
  6. “I’m stronger than I think.”
  7. “Light and smooth.”
  8. “ZOMBIES!!”
  9. “Just one more mile.”
  10. “Your body is gonna thank you tomorrow!”
  11. “The faster I run, the faster I’m done.”
  12. “Suck it up buttercup!”
  13. “I own this race. I choose the outcome.”
  14. “Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.”
  15. “Train fierce to look fierce.”
  16. “Run relaxed, finish strong.”
  17. “Don’t leave here with regrets!”
  18. “The strong get stronger.”
  19. “This too shall pass”
  20. “Don’t listen. Don’t look. Just run.”
  21. “I’m stronger than I think.”
  22. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.”
  23. “It’s a hill. Get over it.”
  24. “Dig deep, breathe deep”
  25. “I kill hills. I kills hills. I kill hills.”
  26. “I’m a hill murderer”
  27. “Breathe in strength. Breathe out weakness.”
  28. “Hate it now, love it later!”
  29. “If it doesn’t challenge me, it doesn’t change me.”
  30. “Hills are my friend.”
  31. “I’m one mile closer to perfection”
  32. “Fast or slow, it hurts the same.”
  33. “Just stay calm.”
  34. “I feel good, I feel great!”
  35. “As it gets harder, I get stronger.”
  36. “Strong. Focused. Relaxed.”
  37. “Pain is WEAKNESS leaving the body!”
  38. “All miles are good miles.”
  39. “Hills are not the danger, I’m the danger” (Thank you Mr. White)
  40. “Keep moving forward!”
  41. “I am. I can. I will.”
  42. “Stay on pace.”
  43. “Make it or break it.”
  44. “Find your strong!”
  45. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
  46. “Turn and burn.”
  47. “Be like water.”
  48. “Earn the burn!”
  49. “I can!”
  50. “No tears, only dreams”
  51. “Strong as steel and light as a feather”
  52. “If it ain’t burning, it ain’t working!”
  53. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”

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If you have some running mantras to add to this list, feel free to add them in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you because  I’m always looking for new mantras to use.

In the meantime thank you for reading my post.


David D.

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17 thoughts on “My Top 53 Running Mantras”

  1. Breathe good, legs strong! (mile 1 of a 5k race)
    Float like a butterfly! (mile 2 of a 5k race)
    Soar like an eagle! (mile 3 of a 5k race)
    Dive like a hawk! (last tenth of a mile in a 5k race)
    Sting like a bee! (while sprinting the last 50-100 yards in a 5k race)

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