Learning to harness your mind is one of the most powerful things you can do as a runner.
By definition, a mantra is “a phrase that you continually repeat to yourself for motivation”. It’s a psychology trick that runners have used for years. But what really is a mantra?
Think of a mantra as a tool you can use to help you improve your performance. Most runners use a repetitive phrase consisting of three or four words. Or, they repeat a single statement over and over again. They allow you to harness the power of your mind. In essence, you’re using your mind as a performance enhancer.
Have you ever wondered why runners keep breaking world records? When Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4 minute mile, people believed that humans could not run that fast. They believed people were too physically limited to do such a thing. Now, there are high school kids that run this fast.