Athletics Magazine

The Best Deal Ever and Mantras

By Brisdon @shutuprun

The best deal in Colorado running history is happening today only – and I just signed up. You can run the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon (August 10, 2013) for only $15 instead of $50 (sign up HERE). I’ve done this race twice (both my fastest halfs). Amazing scenery, overall elevation loss – big time.


2010 at the start


2011 at the finish

This was the race in 2011 where I had my worst (only only chafing experience). I had to remove my running skirt and use my race shirt as shorts. Very awkward. The crowd at Starbucks stared and whispered like ruthless and rude middle schoolers. Good thing I didn’t care (I just came home and wrote in my journal and cried and ate donuts). I promise this will not happen to you at this race.


Anyway, go sign up. I just did. There are not even any processing fees. $15 flat. For that price you can afford to fly out here and die from the altitude. I was not asked to promote the race, I just think it’s a great deal.

Most of the time when I am running (usually when hills and/or speed and/or racing are involved) and I have to do all kinds of internal self talk just to keep going. The conversations in my head are astounding about why I should not quit, how I am not going to quit, why I am strong, why I can do this, how much I need a bathroom, etc. You know what I mean. The one mantra I have used since I first started racing is “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.” It just speaks to me.

As I get ready to start marathon training, I’ve been thinking a lot about the mental aspect of running and how to become mentally stronger.  Simple, easy to remember running mantras are an excellent tool to have in your back pocket (or running shorts) for the tough moments. I try to remember that the body gives out long before the mind.  Keep your mind in the game and your chance for success is huge. Here are some popular mantras runners use:

  • I can do this
  • Screw it, run through it
  • I love every terrible moment of this
  • You’re stronger than you think you are
  • Embrace the suck
  • I am a runner
  • Can’t stop, won’t stop
  • There are ________ (donuts, beers, waffles) at the end
  • I am strong
  • Strong. Energy. Relaxed
  • Race my pace
  • I run my own race
  • I will survive
  • Don’t stop
  • I am. I can. I will

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