Here’s the first post in a series of Tri Tips coming on Tuesdays here on the blog. We’ll be featuring tips for the everyday triathlete: you, me, and everyone in between.
So, yesterday’s Motivational Monday post was for the kind of triathlete who, like me, prefers music when they’re training. And now you have a sweet playlist to use while you’re out pounding the pavement, and repeating to yourself: I AM A RUNNER!
[But I already admitted that not everyone is like me. And really, aren’t we glad for that?
The world breathes a collective sigh of relief.]
So, today this post is for the other half of y’all out there—the ones who are super-mindful and zen-like—those who don’t like to jam to the tunes.
I thought this article in Triathlete.com on mindfulness while training was pretty on point. If you don’t have anything to listen to, other than your heavy huffing and puffing, you may as well get something out of it, right?
How To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Training by Susan Lacke
Now, I will admit I’m not one to always appreciate my surroundings while I’m training.
[I mean, I’m kinda busy jamming to Eminem and his offensive lyrics. #NoJudgments]
But seriously, one of the best things I got out of this article was the point about having a mantra. Because we all need one to remind us why we do what we do. To keep us going when the going gets tough.
I think you all know mine is “Just Keep Moving Forward.”
But I also say things like “I am a strong runner” and “I love to run” and “this is amazing”—all sorts of things to keep my head and heart in the right place.
Susan Lacke mentioned a few others in the article, including “I am strong and calm”—which sounded right on par for many of us.
I mean, especially in the Swim Bike Fuel groups, we talk about the importance of a mantra and mindfulness. By saying “I am strong and calm” –well, this embodies everything we talk about and preach—and most of all, WANT in our runs, and hell, our lives! <3
And it sure does come in handy when you feel like you want to give up during that race.
What mantra do you have that keeps you going?
Do you practice any of these mindfulness techniques?