Self Talk and Positive Affirmations While Running a Half-Marathon
When I ran my first half-marathon in 2003, it was a struggle to make it to the finish line. After all, it had been over 10 years since I ran any kind of race at all and I was 25 pounds heavier. But I was determined that I would finish the race and I would not be the last finisher.
The thing that got me to the finish line despite the intense heat and my weight, was positive reinforcement through self-talk.
As in the children’s story entitled The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, I repeated to myself over and over, “I think I can, I think I can.”
Then I continued in my own self talk mode–“I know I can. I know I can. I know I can finish this race. I’m going to make it to the finish line. Nothing can stop me now. I know I can do it! I know I can.”
Then I modified a scripture–Phil 4:13. “I can do all things because Christ gives me strength. I have the strength to finish this race. I can do it. I can do all things. I am going to finish this race and i won’t be last. I know I can do it. I can do all things. I know I can! I know I can!”
So the two inspirations for my first half-marathon were “The Little Engine That Could,” and Philippians 4:13.
BTW: I finished the race and I wasn’t last!