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Mantras to live by

A mantra can help inspire ability and confidence during a grueling workout. Just ask Sarah Reinertsen, the first female leg amputee to finish the Ironman.

Updated: April 22, 2011, 8:52 PM ET
By Leslie Goldman

"You're tougher than the rest."

Those are the words Sarah Reinertsen, the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman world championship, repeated to herself in a half-Ironman qualifier when the going got especially tough.

As I read Reinertsen's mantra in Runner's World, I felt more than a bit sheepish, considering my personal workout mantras border on the edge of dorky and completely ridiculous. (Sometimes, I'll sing the lyrics to "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa; other times ...

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