Everyone Needs a Mantra

So to start off I'd like to talk about my mantra, my running mantra at least.  While I have a few "life-isms", there is one thing that I repeat to myself and I tell others who are at the beginning of there running life.

"It's just one foot in front of the other"

This may seem simple but most people see miles ahead of them and scoff and say "I can't do that," but every mile is accomplished by just putting one foot in front of the other.  I've never been a fan of the "no pain, no gain" type quotes.   To me running shouldn't be a pain, it should be fun.  I like to use it as a way to explore new places and to get a little me time. Oh, and keep physically fit.  So I like this one because running in it's truest form is just one foot in front of the other.  I've read articles on running form, best training practices, and various other topics but honestly the best advice is, get out there and get moving.  It doesn't matter if you don't have much time or you feel like your not an athlete, it's a step in the right direction.

For myself, I kept picking up running and then after a few months I'd give it up for other forms of activity.  Then about 3 years ago it stuck.  I started running.  Building miles slowly. I had run 5ks in the past and I had been rattling around the idea of running a marathon.  I had been listening to my Disney World podcasts and I had gotten it in my head to run the Disney Marathon. I wanted that Mickey medal!

So I signed up for the marathon and here we go!

A bit apprehensive before the marathon.

I trained and trained and trained.  Logging miles outside and inside.  I signed up for a half marathon in Upstate New York and that went pretty well, so I just kept at it.  Always using the mantra.  On the days when I didn't want to run I kept putting one foot in front of the other.  Plodding along.  Then the time arrived! I was getting on a plane to Orlando!

Even through my marathon, when it got hard, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. It doesn't matter how far you go or how fast you do it, just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Get out there and explore and enjoy the adventure! Oh, and picking up some sweet medals along the way doesn't hurt.

So pick you a good pair of shoes, the right mindset, and a mantra and hit the pavement! As Walt would say, "Keep moving forward."

Thanks for reading!