To the next lampost
to the next sign post
to the corner
I know how fit/ unfit I am by how soon / late into the run I start saying it to myself
by 'eck, it's hilly wrote (see)
I spell out words/names of places or people. If I go wrong (which happens frequently) I have to start from the very beginning
I've heard that this works great! My dad used to do it for staying concentrated on the road. I'll give it a go this weekend
When i'm tired I count 1,2,3,4 in different languages to take my mind off it.
Emmy_bug wrote (see)
It's funny how people differ. When I'm exhausted, the most I can manage are single word mantras: I feel like any brain activity at all is 'the straw that broke the camel's back' in terms of effort.
Taking a few sips of water on the move, or sorting something that's falling out of my pocket leaves me breathing as hard as knocking 30 secs / mile off my pace.
I always do sums in my head - work out how far I will have gone if I keep up x pace for y minutes etc. At the end I count - trees, doors, houses to keep me going. Will definitely try out 12341234 from now on though. I've read somewhere that Paula Radcliffe counts to 300 and she knows that that's a mile.
I sometimes I chant Mind over matter - as in theory my mind is bettter than my body matter. That's not saying much though.
I used to do the counting to 300 thing on a treadmill. Otherwise I just stared at them time. I also count through intervals otherwise I clock watch too much.
As for mental games to keep occupied, Sometimes when running in fairly quiet parks I try to memorise every person I see so that if I later find out a murder has been committed I can tell the police about everyone that was there! Bit morbid really.
"You will survive this" - Bit dramatic but I feel like death on some runs.
"Go hard or go home" - Interval training mantra.
"Hoo Rah!" - I have watched Generation Kill too many times and have an army background(don't shout it or you look like a nutter.)
"We got it going on" by Bon Jovi because it's a jamming tune and it keeps me pumped up and happy.
"the way to hell is straight and sure, the way to heaven is long, the way to your heart is never ending, so i just keep moving on" the chorus from an oysterband song, one that i've known since i was very little.
the lyrics remind me that even though this is tough it's good for me (and it got me through the quiet parts of brighton mara yesterday!)
Catalin Bond wrote (see)
' carry on running or spend the rest of the day regretting that you didn't run further'
I heard this on TV this evening and think its fab
' pain is just your body trying to punish you' - love it !
Ok I admit it....The Rocky Theme tune ..everytime...
Glad it's not just me then!
Did the Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half last weekend. Said "come on you F***er" to myself on a few of the hills, which helped a bit. My favourite bit though, was about nine and half miles in at the end of many uphill miles, there was a left turn that revealed another, steeper, uphill and the runner next to me groaned "oh no".
In fact from that point on there seemed to be a lot of panting and groaning all around!
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