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.
Big goals aren’t achieved overnight. The bigger the goal, the longer the road. What you do each day is an investment to be cashed in down the road. Part of the investment is the training — the miles, the speed work, the lifting, the drills. But the secret to optimizing your effort is to stay balanced even as you work hard. As runners, we can best accomplish this by investing in pre-hab and recovery, recognizing that what we do when we're not running can be just as important and equally as productive as our mileage. Ultimately, sustaining balance increases our durability and resilience, which we need to do big things.