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    What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Just Because on Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:51 pm

    I know this is going to sound completely stupid but please bear with me.

    So my workout today was a 5km tempo with each km faster then the previous one. However, this route is downhill for the first 2km but uphill on the last 3km, which makes it very difficult to run each km faster. I ended up running 2 fast km's and then running 3 pretty consistent km's that were slightly slower then those first two.
    My coach told me that I could have run those km progressively faster and the reason I couldn't is because I needed to keep focused. He recommended that I have a saying I repeat over and over again but I can't think of one that doesn't sound cheesy. Any Thoughts?

    Note * It was raining and the roads were slippery with slush from melting snow but he didn't make any pace adjustments for the weather so the physical part is non-issue

    Thanks for any input and I'm sorry if this sounds strange

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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by hxc on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:34 am

    fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by amherst_xc on Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:51 am

    hxc wrote:fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up, fuck shit up

    this.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Running With Scissors on Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:07 am

    I don't do that but hxc's works. Just run the first 2 km really slow.


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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by hannah on Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:55 pm

    i don't think this is a stupid/strange question- i tried having a mantra-type thing a while ago.
    it's kind of cheesy, but "pain is temporary, pride is forever" worked for me and has a nice tempo (and hey, it's not cheesy if no one else knows about it)
    you could try song lyrics too
    most of the time though i end up counting to 8 in my head. kind of lame and really boring, but i always lapse into it.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by runner_dude on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:46 pm

    That's pretty stupid of your coach. You certainly ran effort wise harder each km. Anyway, the mantra I use sometimes is "break the pain" (rather than letting the pain break you)
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by iWearNikes on Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:01 pm

    usually a part of some random song just repeats in my head
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by alex-likes-running on Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:59 pm

    i just repeat a word. sometimes its like "gay gay gay gay gay" or "shit shit shit shit shit"

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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Hurdle-Gurl on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:08 pm

    ^^^ well then...lol.
    I don't necessarily have a saying that I say to myself, but if I really need to work hard on something, then I think about a time in my running career that went bad, and about how I never want to relive that moment again so I better get going.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by runnergirl93 on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:36 pm

    during one race i knew i shouldve been going faster so i told myself
    "stop being a little bitch" haha im nice but it worked.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Just Because on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:44 pm

    hannah wrote:i don't think this is a stupid/strange question- i tried having a mantra-type thing a while ago.
    it's kind of cheesy, but "pain is temporary, pride is forever" worked for me and has a nice tempo (and hey, it's not cheesy if no one else knows about it)
    you could try song lyrics too
    most of the time though i end up counting to 8 in my head. kind of lame and really boring, but i always lapse into it.

    I like the pain is temporary, pride is forever, I think I will use that. I do use song lyrics but my coach told me not to do that because it apparently makes me lose focus. I think this is total bs but he has some very impressive credits so he must be doing something right.

    Thanks for all the input
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by njrunner14 on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:36 pm

    alex-likes-running wrote:i just repeat a word. sometimes its like "gay gay gay gay gay" or "shit shit shit shit shit"

    Yeah I won't lie. I will say the worst things over and over in my head when I need to push myself. Not exactly encouraging in general, but it works for me. tongue
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Lily on Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:25 am

    njrunner14 wrote:
    alex-likes-running wrote:i just repeat a word. sometimes its like "gay gay gay gay gay" or "shit shit shit shit shit"

    Yeah I won't lie. I will say the worst things over and over in my head when I need to push myself. Not exactly encouraging in general, but it works for me. tongue

    haha you don't know how many times i've heard girls in races saying out loud to themselves " fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck" or "shit shit shit shit shit shit"
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Jacked Fibraz on Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:34 am

    FUCKEN GOT THIS SHIT!
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by TnF_T on Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:29 pm

    if u aint first, your last
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by *runfast* on Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:01 pm

    I usually say "you got this", or when I need to pick it up or kick, I'll think "if not now, when?"
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by mentle bentle on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:34 pm

    I didn't know people talked to themselves so much. I just run my race and focus on catching the person in front of me.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Pinthin on Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:06 am

    There's this course thats super narrow, where you can only go through ferns and branches to pass someone..and there was this girl going slower then I wanted, I was calling her dirty names in my head.
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    haha

    Usually during races I just think how I really don't like one of my teamates and I'd rather chop off my right arm then let her beat me. Or I bribe myself with food, like beat x amount of time and you'll get a milkshake!
    ^ I swear that works.
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by alex-likes-running on Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:48 am

    i bribe myself with food for my long runs haha. i'll be like, finish this run, and you can pig out all you want.

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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by Ria on Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:15 am

    When i got my pr i was saying pre's quote "The best pace is a suicide pace"and it reminded me that i needed to push myself as hard as i could to get that sub 21 i wanted to bad. And i did!
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by FinishingKick on Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:29 am

    alex-likes-running wrote:i bribe myself with food for my long runs haha. i'll be like, finish this run, and you can pig out all you want.
    Me too lol. Razz
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by rlk_117 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:56 am

    this sounds dumb but i remember i was looking at pictures from one of the guys' away xc invitationals like last year, and the course was notorious for this one huge hill. one of the pictures was of the hill, on which the host school had spraypainted "WE <3 HILLS". so during hard runs/workouts with hills, i just tell myself repetitively "i love hills, i love hills, i love hills". it doesn't always work, but it's worth a shot lol.

    or, instead of cursing in my head over and over again, i just let out a nice loud "fuck" hahaha
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    Re: What do you tell yourself?

    Post by njrunner14 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:38 am

    Hahaha. The "WE <3 HILLS" thing is funny. Our course has a ginormous hill too. I don't know if we'd end up spray-painting anything on it, but saying that in my head is worth a shot.
    Yeah during races I'll only think in my head, but sometimes on my long runs when I'm all by myself, I'll think about things and if I remember anything embarassing or stupid I did, I'll actually say out loud, "you fucking idiot." Haha I don't know.
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    Post by alex-likes-running on Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:46 am

    yea my course has a bigass hill too. i just think about taking smaller steps while running up it.

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    Post by baby got track on Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:15 pm

    We do sets of 30 hill sprints up our ginormous hill so I just tell myself, "you can do this thiry times in practice, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to do it once in a race"

    and then in my head I tell myself general things like "do not let this fucking bitch beat you."

    I get angry haha.

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