Marathon advice from Runner's World experts
Use a mantra
Tish Hamilton, senior editor, says: Magic of Mantras! Think strong words. Repeat inspiring phrase. Run even better. To achieve your running goals, powerful legs and big lungs arent enoughyou also need a strong head. Doubts and distractions can derail your attempts, but a well-chosen mantra can keep you calm and on target. Sports psychologists say repeating choice words whenever you need to focus helps direct your mind away from negative thoughts and toward a positive experience. Indeed, the Sanskrit word mantra literally means instrument for thinking. Keep it short. Make it snappy! Easy to remember.