I’ve got a new mantra when I run. It’s pretty simple, it’s: Yes I can.

I’ve been writing a lot more lately about running. I’m not new to running – I’ve been hitting the pavement since high school but I’ve never really progressed with my running and I’ve always been kind of slow. I’ve been a go out and run a couple of miles at most kind of girl and that’s been okay thus far. But especially lately, I’ve had this burning desire to run a little farther and a little faster than ever before.

I work out pretty regularly and would say I’m average fit so I should be able to do this, right? Running is such a mind game. So much of the time it’s about what your mind will allow.

Today, I ran 4 miles. I went to a hilly park I run at often, knowing that the hill definitely slows me down at times. I finished in 43 minutes, for which I was pretty damn proud of myself because 1) I didn’t stop to walk once and 2) I ran 4 miles! I’ve been running 3 miles most of my life but 4-5? Those runs are few.

I want to go farther, regularly, but so much of it is a mind game for me. When 3 miles chimes in via Nike +, I swear my body just tires. The last few weeks, I listen to the conversation in my head. “Omg, I’m dying.” “Omg, this F-ing hill is going to kill me,” and mostly, “I can’t.” To which I’m now telling myself, “Yes I Can.” This will probably come off as sounding totally bizarre but I really do repeat that to myself pretty often these days. Yes. I can. It’s pretty amazing what a couple of empowering words and a great playlist can get you through.

What gets you through? What pushes you to go a little bit farther, a little bit faster?


  1. Amanda Booth says

    I wish I knew! I can only run for a few minutes and I give in to walking, then running again, then walking. Keep me updated and maybe you can inspire me! Good Luck

  2. Reminds me of that children’s classic book:” The Little Engine that Could”, remember that one?
    yes, will power is exactly that- power. . more than most of us realize- and it does indeed work- just have to learn to channel it. amazing stuff. Also have to realize the ‘opposite’ is powerful too- this is why optimism, effort,and a postive mental att-e-tude all make so much more sense.
    You may also want tot try the ‘visualization’ technique-another tool the mind can use to achieve the desired goal! Don’t laugh- it too, can be very effective!

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