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Post  Stephanie Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:16 pm

Today's run was particularly challenging - I think the heat got to me and I expected it to be cooler than it was. Do you have particular mantras/phrases you say to yourself when the going gets tough during training or racing? I have my first race next weekend and I need to get mentally prepared. Thanks!
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Post  John Kilpatrick Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:25 pm

I have heard a quote (don't know who said it) that goes something like, "there will come a day when you will no longer be able to do this. Today is not that day." Good to tell myself when things get hard sometimes.

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Post  Mike MacLellan Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:20 pm

"COME. ON. MOTHER. FUCKER."
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Post  Michael Enright Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:27 pm

Mike MacLellan wrote:"COME. ON. MOTHER. FUCKER."

Funny thing, I usually find myself saying that when I'm driving!
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Post  Neil Ruggiero Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:12 pm

Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever

My absolute favorite that has gotten me through so many tough spots. Gonna get it tattooed on soon Smile
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Post  Admin Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:16 am

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever!

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Post  mul21 Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:32 am

Mr MattM wrote:Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever!

Definitely one of the cheesier decent movies ever made!
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Post  Kenny B. Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:39 am

This is one of many... If you can't, then who? so let him.
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Post  charles Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:15 am

I hum the USC Trojan fight song. And I hate USC!

When things are inching toward struggle I repeatedly tell myself "flow like water."

In marathons, particularly after about mile 22 I have been known to talk to myself out loud. I find that words of encouragement "you are doing great!" "You got this!" "You are running great!" are a little (and I stress a very little) better than "Come on you piece of shit! Run!"
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Post  Julie Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:26 am

I talk to myself during tougher long runs and during marathons. I say "you look good! thank you, I feel good too, no I feel great!" Haha...I tell myself I'm tough, trust your training, you trained for this, can't wimp out now, get to hug my baby at the finish line...
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Post  Stephanie Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:42 am

Michael Enright wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:"COME. ON. MOTHER. FUCKER."

Funny thing, I usually find myself saying that when I'm driving!
Haha, me too! Oh the things I say in the car. Evil or Very Mad
Mr MattM wrote:Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever!
Good one! Never heard that one before... although I don't think the chick thing is going to work for me. Wink

charles wrote:When things are inching toward struggle I repeatedly tell myself "flow like water."

In marathons, particularly after about mile 22 I have been known to talk to myself out loud. I find that words of encouragement "you are doing great!" "You got this!" "You are running great!" are a little (and I stress a very little) better than "Come on you piece of shit! Run!"
Oooo, I like the "flow like water" one!
Julie wrote:I talk to myself during tougher long runs and during marathons. I say "you look good! thank you, I feel good too, no I feel great!" Haha...I tell myself I'm tough, trust your training, you trained for this, can't wimp out now, get to hug my baby at the finish line...
Nice! I like that sometimes we can talk to ourselves. Makes you dig deeper I can imagine.

Thanks everyone! Keep 'em coming if you have others!
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:59 am

Towards the end of the marathon when things are getting tough, I find myself repeating "You've trained all summer for this!!! No giving up!! Not today!!"
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Post  GregC Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:03 am

"If it was easy, everyone would run marathons."
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Post  Jerry Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:03 am

Don't be a chicken shit!

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Post  Jerry Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:04 am

GregC wrote:"If it was easy, everyone would run marathons."

If Oprah can do it, how hard can it be?! tongue
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Post  Schuey Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:05 am

Mike MacLellan wrote:"COME. ON. MOTHER. FUCKER."

Yep I have used that one many of times in training runs and races.

Also use: regroup & conquer, focus & relax and the one that I use most of the time and has been the one that really gets me pumped and going again "Let's go, never forget the pain that dad went through when dying, it was far greater then any pain I will go through running any running event."


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Post  Admin Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:09 am

Racing Chicago last year... in the final 2 miles when I was wondering if I would fade... I heard 2 voices...



"You can do it, Daddy!"

"You're almost there!"



My kids.

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Post  Julie Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:24 am

Mr MattM wrote:Racing Chicago last year... in the final 2 miles when I was wondering if I would fade... I heard 2 voices...



"You can do it, Daddy!"

"You're almost there!"



My kids.

Kids are great! Seeing my little 15 mo old clap for me at the end of my 50K is what led me to have a smile on just a few yards from the finish in my profile pic.
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Post  Mike MacLellan Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:36 pm

Slightly less degrading, I also (in the late stages of a long race) start talking to "the Beast." Not Satan, but the Beast inside that makes you want to just stop running, curl up, and sleep. I acknowledge him and start a really ridiculous dialog with him. And then everyone makes fun of me for it afterwards, but hey, I got my BQ Wink
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Post  Ken Mello Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:43 pm

I just remind myself that if I stop, I'll have to walk it in. That usually does it.
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Post  Mrs. Schuey Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:00 pm

I repeat the words, "calm and relax". I got the idea after reading some stuff about Desiree Davila and the things she tells herself.

Lately, however, on my long runs I've been known to repeat the words, "hot fries and beer". Haha!
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Post  John Kilpatrick Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:03 pm

HTFU. Harden the f$%k up.

I don't know if it helps at all, but it is fun to say!

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Post  Mrs. Schuey Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:40 pm

John Kilpatrick wrote:HTFU. Harden the f$%k up.

I don't know if it helps at all, but it is fun to say!

I like that John! Thanks for posting!
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Post  ChasMcG Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:15 am

Mike MacLellan wrote:"COME. ON. MOTHER. FUCKER."



cheers
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Post  ChasMcG Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:20 am

Tomorrow is a new day but the race is today. That tomorrow is a new day shit is only good for shitty training runs.



Oh and this one



Nothing can be as bad as your first marathon in Chicago now stop your crying bitch! Mantras 4044942068
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