25 Runners Affirmations to Build Mental Fortitude

How to train for a marathon requires both mental and physical training for success.

Race Photo of Female Marathon Duathlon Triathlon Runner

It's Marathon & Half-Marathon training season. Thinking about signing up for the Austin Marathon or running your first mega long distance 13.1 or 26.2 race locally?


Running is a form of exercise that can make you feel happier and more energetic than ever. It works your heart, legs, and lungs, and it is an excellent way to get rid of stress. Whether you're just starting out or have been running for years, running motivation affirmations can help you stay consistent and develop your inner strength.


Having these affirmations will help you stay motivated and focused to reach your running goals. Remember that results don't happen overnight, so you have to be patient, consistent, and persistent. After all, you can't have results and excuses at the same time! As long as you believe in yourself and are persistent, good things will happen.


Runners need to boost their mental strength during training sessions. A new study by Strava revealed that people who use inspirational quotes during their races report that they find them the best part of the race. Running motivation quotes are effective tools for building your mind and can make you perform better during your long training sessions. Some runners even use them on race day to help them cross the finish line.


25 Runners Affirmations for Mental Fortitude


Highlight the affirmations that work for you. Say them aloud and write them daily.
  1. I am turning into the greatest athlete/version of myself.

  2. I am becoming happier with my body.

  3. Having a healthy abilities image improves the quality of my life.

  4. I deserve to be confident and happy.

  5. I can perform well in tough competitions.

  6. I will always enjoy the training process.

  7. I accept myself completely.

  8. Each day I look and feel better.

  9. I am committed to my training.

  10. I will always be focused on winning.

  11. I can jump high.

  12. Having a healthy body comes naturally to me.

  13. Self acceptance comes naturally to me.

  14. I always win and love the feeling of winning.

  15. I feel mentally strong, I can stay positive throughout competition.

  16. I have a desire and ability to improve.

  17. My stamina is constantly increasing.

  18. I am a highly skilled athlete.

  19. I am confident in my ability.

  20. I find it easy to think positively about my body/abilities/injured body part.

  21. I am overcoming negativity and building a positive attitude towards myself.

  22. I will practice every day.

  23. I am a strong competitor.

  24. I am a fast person.

  25. Every day my skills become stronger and stronger.

"Running with a partner or a group can make running more enjoyable. You can gain additional knowledge about the sport, but you also can occupy your mind and make the miles pass faster." – Hal Higdon, Running Legend

Running is Both Physical & Mental


Most runners training for a 13.1 or 26.2 will spend the majority of their time conditioning their bodies to run long distances. But what about your thoughts? Mental training is frequently neglected. Mental training is just as vital as physical training.


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