As runners, we all know how tough that mental game can be. For me, in nearly every marathon I’ve run, it’s at the 34k mark that I really need to work hard to push past those nagging thoughts that there’s not a chance I can run another 8.2k to get to the finish line.
So I think it’s fair to say the word “believe” probably means a lot to many athletes. Believing in our training and in ourselves that we can do what we may sometimes think and feel is impossible.
The word is also a key component of the new line from WINNERS created in partnership with Canadian Olympic hurdler Sarah Wells. Now in stores, the collection features a mix of solids (black and some bright pops of colour) and eye-catching graphics—these shorts and sports bra are two of my fave pieces in the line. Woven into the various pieces is the word “believe” and Well also has it tattooed on her wrist. She got the tattoo to remind herself that she could make it, after experiencing a stress fracture in her left femur, which sidelined her for nine months in 2011. Despite the injury, and with only eight months until the London Games, Well was able to persevere to run the Olympic standard, win the Canadian championships and was named to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.
Wells soon takes on the Olympic stage again in Rio this summer, and we’ll be watching and rooting, and, yes, believing!
Karen Kwan is a regular iRun fashion and travel contributor, and you’ll find her running fashion posts every Friday on Instagram. She contributes to a number of publications and you can also follow her travel and running adventures at Health & Swellness.