Choose Strength

she believed she could

For many of us January is a time to reflect on the past year, figure out what we liked about it and decide how we can change what we didn’t like about it. It’s the time to set our intentions for the year ahead. Runners are usually big believers in mantras and I am no exception. These key phrases help you keep your focus and motivation during races and tough training days. I believe they work equally as well in every day life.


Last year my favorite running mantra was Never Regret A Run. This helped remind me on cold January mornings that I am literally always happy that I went out for a run. Can you see it on my bib from the Perfect 10 race? This ended up being an ironic bib choice I made months earlier since I ran this race with a stress fracture – and it is still one of my favorite races ever.

never regret bib

never regret a run

Perfect 10 Miler 10.26.14

Here is another great mantra that we may forget from time to time. It’s not always an easy one to make, but strength is a choice.

strength is a choice

Whatever positive affirmation works for you, remind yourself each day that you are strong, you are worthy, you are powerful. It will make a big difference in your outlook.

Speaking of strong, powerful people, I caught up with Melissa and Eileen today and one of the cutest kids ever. There is never enough time when we get together. We leave texting each other all of the things we didn’t get to chat about.


So, I am wondering, what is your mantra for 2015?

Comments (15)

  1. Angela Roberts

    Never regret a run. I love it. And, it’s making me think about things I have to do and how to not regret them.

  2. Angela

    I love that strength is a choice thanks for sharing it was a welcomed reminder for me

  3. Amanda {Planning It All}

    I’ve never been a runner but I use a similar mantra for my daily yoga practice – sometimes I just don’t feel like getting up early but I ALWAYS feel better when I practice.

  4. Kim Bolden

    I do also believe that strength is a choice and begins with a deliberate decision. My word for the year is commit!

  5. Nikki @ MBAsahm

    Awesome inspiration :) I had a herniated disc a few months ago and have finally been able to start running again…but it can be tough to get back into it!! I definitely need to use these mantras :) Thanks :)

  6. lauryn Hock

    YES strength is within all of us! Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty

    That’s a great mantra! I don’t really have one- maybe I should choose one for myself!

  8. Jamie

    I love these…I don’t run, but will use them for my workouts!!

  9. Tara Joy

    I never thought of having a mantra for the year.. hmm, I am going to have to think about that one. I love the Never Regret A Run Mantra! :)

  10. Tiffany

    Thanks for sharing! I love the “strength is choice”

  11. Mommy Sanest

    Great post! I love the “Strength is a Choice” mantra. I might use that one.

  12. CatK

    What a great way to start the year, I think it’s such an amazing opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start with a whole new outlook. I really like you image “She believed she could, so she did” I think that sums up life right there.

    ♥ Cat K

  13. Brenda C. (@brecsmith)

    Great post! Through my life I truly had to choose to be strong at times when I didn’t want to, but it the end it helped me to become a better person.

    1. (Post author)

      You are so right Brenda! It’s not always easy to do though.

  14. MAD Hippies Life

    I adore the idea of a mantra! I don’t know that I have one for the year, but I have used them in shorter term situations. Crazy thing is it is so easy to fall into a negative mantra by default. Great reminder to find one to purposefully have on hand for those times we need to encouragement. Peace!

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