Many runners swear by mantras to help them reach their training and race day goals. It's a great mental exercise that allows you to imagine your success and persevere through the toughest obstacles. Below are 6 mantras used by Olympians, marathoners, and sprinters that we can apply to our own lives when the going gets tough. What's your mantra? Tell us in the comments below!

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." — Steve Prefontaine, Olympic middle-distance runner

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." — Steve Prefontaine, Olympic middle-distance runner

"Run the mile you are in." — David Willey, marathoner

"Run the mile you are in." — David Willey, marathoner

"Fighter." — Kara Goucher, American marathoner, middle-distance runner and Olympian

"Fighter." — Kara Goucher, American marathoner, middle-distance runner and Olympian

"The only one who can beat me is me." — Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter

"The only one who can beat me is me." — Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter

"Think strong, be strong, finish strong." — Renee Metivier Baillie, middle- and long-distance runner

"Think strong, be strong, finish strong." — Renee Metivier Baillie, middle- and long-distance runner

"All I have to do is manage this moment." — Stu Mittleman, ultradistance runner and coach

"All I have to do is manage this moment." — Stu Mittleman, ultradistance runner and coach

Comment