When the going gets tough out there on the road, one of a runner’s favorite tricks is to resort to a mantra, a few words of self-encouragement to power through.  Some of my favorites include:

  • “I can do hard things.” — Borrowed from The Hungry Runner Girl
  • “The faster you run, the sooner you’re done.”
  • “Pain just hurts.” — recently read in Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run
  • “Give it your all.”

But since I haven’t been able to run, I’ve had to come up with some new mantras to get me through the tough moments on the couch. Some of my favorites here include:

  • “Heal now. Run later.”
  • “Running will always be there.”
  • “The elliptical is fun. The elliptical is fun. The elliptical is fun.”
  • “Patience is a virtue.” — First heard by my young ears in the blockbuster hit, The Mummy

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Did you use a mantra to help you through your injury? Let me know. I’ll take all the help I can get.  Also this site is great to get your mantra printed on a bracelet.


  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine September 9, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    These are great mantras! My favorite is “run strong” which reminds me to stay both physically and mentally strong throughout my run. I like your reminder that running will always be there!


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