In running and in life, mantras — positive affirmations — are super helpful because they anchor you in the present and cut through any chaos and negativity in your mind. They help you to press pause on memories and projections, expectations and perceptions, so that you can more bravely go into what’s actually happening right here, right now. They help you find gratitude for the moment, no matter what it brings you, and to manage any challenge more easefully.
Competition, it’s a funny thing. Working hard towards something, always seeking for faster times, better performances. It fills me up. It’s the most joyful way of living I could ever imagine. It makes me the best version of myself. But with training and competition, comes the constant flux between past and future. My mind in constant flip flop. I’ve run x time in the past, I want to run x time in the future. These thoughts make it easy to skip over the present. And when it comes down to it, the present moment is all we really have.