There’s no sugarcoating it—running 100 miles will suck at one point or another. Likely, over and over and over. That’s where mental toughness plays a huge role.
Lots of people use inspirational mantras to get them through dark moments of races. Me, not so much. I’m less, “You can do it!” and more, “Suck it up, Buttercup!” But I do like to latch onto song lyrics or phrases when I’m feeling crappy and repeat them for hours at a time.
Training for Pinhoti 100, I kept hearing from friends that the race will be mostly mental, and I should plan accordingly. So as with everything ultra-related, I polled the audience to find the best mantras. These were my fav:
Beer at the finish!
Just keep swimming (literally now, since it’ll be a very wet weekend)
Miles to go (I mean, it is tattooed onto my foot…)
I am a badass motha who don’t take no crap from nobody! (Cool Runnings, y’all)
Left, left, left right left
Shut up, Legs
Fuck this shit (my personal fav to use)
You did this to yourself
One more step
All the naps
Get that buckle
C’mon, Tanya (gotta be nice to myself sometimes)
I’ll keep these 100-mile mantras in mind and repeat them until I’m either blue in the face or get across that finish line this Sunday morning. And if all else fails, I’ll just scream curses.
Do you use a mantra when the going gets tough? What is it?