May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in “May the fourth be with you.” (Get it?) Maybe you can recite every line from every movie. Or maybe you don’t even know who Yoda is. Regardless, any runner can find inspiration among the ten movies. Here are five iconic Star Wars quotes that can also be amazing running mantras. Repeat them during your next workout to feel the power of The Force. (Or you know, just to feel really strong.)
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
(Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Yoda’s declaration to Luke after he questions his Jedi abilities is probably one of the greatest quotes in the entire Star Wars franchise. And of course it is also one of the best running mantras ever too. It is a great reminder to stay focused on the present. Regardless of how a run or race turns out, giving all of your effort at that moment is what truly matters.
“Your focus determines your reality.”
(Episode I: The Phantom Menace.)
Qui-Gon Jinn’s advice to a young Anakin helped him to make sense of changes going on in his life. However, this may also sound exactly like something a running coach would say. Your focus, whether it is on your goals in general or just getting through one moment in a workout, determines success in running.
“The force is strong with this one.”
(Episode IV: A New Hope)
Darth Vader spoke this well-known phrase as he was flying behind Luke to prevent the Jedi from blasting the Death Star. Runners don’t have to be a villain to use this as inspiration though. Next time you see runners up ahead during a race, repeat this and charge after them.
“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
(Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
Another Yoda phrase because, really, no one is wiser. Yoda believed fearing loss made you more likely to go to the dark side. And truthfully with running, sometimes thinking you have nothing to lose can lead to the best performances. Don’t be afraid of your ambitions. Train hard to go after them!
“Now, be brave and don’t look back. Don’t look back.”
(Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Shmi Skywalker’s farewell to her son Anakin can be transformed into a triumphant call-to-action for runners. In the middle of a race, there is no better phrase to have in your head. Stay strong and never fear who is behind you. Just keep moving forward.
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