21 Inspirational Running Quotes to Turbo Charge Your Motivation
If your running is in need of a boost – then turbo charge you mindset with the following mind fuel that we’ve got lined up for you. There are some classics, some new ones and some outrageously funny ones. Take your pick.
Mental toughness and inspiration are the keys to successful running. However you choose to improve your mind game is up to you, but it’s always good to listen to other people’s methods even though sometimes they might seem a bit crazy.
Let the Quotations Commence…
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Physical Exercise is Mentally Challenging
It’s always worth remembering that any physically demanding exercise like running will challenge you mentally, regardless of whether you are a strong willed person or not. Everyone gets tired. Even the fittest among us are still human at the end of the day.
Hence, it’s good to keep on top of your mind game. The good news is that your mind can be your biggest weapon, although it can play tricks on you and sometimes con you in to giving up when you’ve still got fuel in the tank. You just have to stay one step ahead of your mind and prepare yourself for any mental hurdles that might trip you up.
When you train your muscles, they can retain what’s called muscle memory. This helps with coordination, such as when David Beckham used to take his special free kicks. It was the same neurons firing through hours of practice that made them so accurate. Well you can tap into the same resources.
Improve Your Mental Strength
If you are constantly reaffirming yourself with positive sayings and images, your brain will not only remember them, but it will use them when you are tired, because thought processes are like well-worn pathways. Neurons like taking shortcuts in the same way as we do. Obviously they don’t all get together and have a neuron meeting, but they do it automatically.
On the other hand, if you constantly tell yourself that you are rubbish and have no energy, your mind will get used to saying that all the time. It will have a negative effect on you, but don’t fall into that trap.
Use Mental Imagery and Positive Affirmations
Be positive when you’re training and your body will thank you for it when you’re in a race and the chips are down. All the little things you can do when you aren’t under pressure will come together and make your life easier when it matters. That’s what training is for after all. It’s to prepare you for the hard challenges ahead. Use positive affirmations as your secret weapon!
Imagine yourself crossing the finish line or running past people with ease. Such things really do help you improve your mental strength and put you in the best shape possible for any hard times you may encounter.
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What’s Your Personal Favourite Running Quote?
No doubt you have your own favourite running quote or nugget of wisdom that you’ve heard on the television or seen on the Internet. Perhaps it’s one that you’ve made up yourself? Let us know in the comments.