“When we understand the privilege of what it means to be an athlete, we are in touch with, and rejoice in, our physical, mental, and emotional strengths and our endless possibilities.” — Gloria Averbuch

“Experienced runners learn to respect the changing needs of their bodies. That’s the wisdom that comes with time, and – for good or bad – with age.” — Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” — John Bingham, “Tools and Rules,” Runner’s World

“The marathon is my benchmark. It is the status symbol in my community, the running community.” — George Sheehan

“My philosophy on running is, I don’t dwell on it, I do it.” — Joan Samuelson

“In addition to the safety factor, we run together for companionship, and to remind each other how important a part of our lives this activity is.” — Gordon Bloch, author

“Our sport becomes not just what we do but an integral symbol—on all levels—of who we are.” — Gloria Averbuch

“The body loves variety. The body is the same as the seasons: It likes change.” — Priscilla Welch, British marathon runner

“Success does not come to the most righteous and rigorously disciplined but to those who continue running.” — Amby Burfoot

“Commitment to the body machine. It was as critical as the commitment to the goal itself.” — Richard Christian Matheson, “Third Wind”

“Ultimately, the best runners are the ones who are willing to work very hard but who have a little bit of a lazy streak in them.” — Benji Durden, coach

“It doesn’t help to visualize a perfect race. It’s better to play out bad situations in your mind and figure out a way out of them so you’ll be ready.” — Bernard Lagat, 2008 National Champion at 1500 meters and 5000 meters

“I race in order to dig deep within myself and see what I’m really made of.” — Maggie, runner from Idaho

“When you run in the morning, you gain time in a sense. It’s like stretching 24 hours into 25. You may need to sleep less and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day.” — Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon

“You feel good while you’re running and you feel even better when you’re finished.” — Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon

“The expression ‘misery loves company’ is meant for winter running. As I’m lying in bed on dark, cold mornings, it’s a lot harder to talk myself out of getting up when I know I’m accountable to other people.” — Jason Lehmkuhle, of Team USA Minnesota, runner-up at 2008 U.S. Half-Marathon Championships

“When you have the enthusiasm and passion, you end up figuring how to excel.” — Deena Kastor

“When you run, you log on to yourself. You flip through the pages of your being.” — Kevin Nelson, “The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration”

“Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do.” — Joan Benoit

“Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.” — Michael Sargent

“I don’t believe in restricting calories, I believe in burning them.” — Chanamalla Samagond, Indian National Champion at 800m and 1,500m

“I do recommend running as a cure-all. It’s the magic ingredient and an important physical release. It has helped me look and feel better.” — Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction specialist and TV host

“The distance race is a struggle that results in self-discovery. It is an adventure involving the limits of the self.” — Paul Weiss

“It is a sublime thing to suffer and be stronger.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American educator and poet

“Those long runs cleanse my system, physically and mentally.” — Joan Benoit Samuelson

“I do my best thinking when I’m running. I don’t know why that is – everything seems to flow so easily. It’s almost a spiritual thing for me.” — Apolo Ohno, Olympic speed skater

“I’ve always liked hills. I see a challenge, a goal, and I feel instantly galvanized to achieve the goal.” — Amby Burfoot, “The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life”

“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it you feel that you can do anything.” — Anonymous

“The thinking must be done first, before training begins.” — Peter Coe, father of Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe

“I don’t train to beat another runner. We are out there together, competing with the marathon, and I train to run the marathon as fast as I can.” — Juma Ikangaa, Marathon runner from Tanzania

“I don’t know how the creative process works, but it always seems, as I’m running…that thoughts start coming in; sentences start coming in.” — Robert A. Caro, biographer

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Confucius

“I run almost every day and love it. I need to stay lean for my sport, and I tend to build bulk and muscle easily. Running helps me stay stringy.” — Apolo Ohno, Olympic speed skater

“Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.” — Emil Zatopek, Olympic gold medalist in 5 km, 10 km and marathon

“It should make us proud to know we are part of a running lineage that stretches back from the original Olympic Games in 776 BC to this very moment.” — Michael Sandrock, author and runner

“Vary your training, your running partners, and your environment. Only your imagination limits the ways you can spice up your running routine.” — Bob Glover, “The Runner’s Handbook”

“The secret shared by women runners: running is not just physical exercise but a spiritual, mental, and emotional journey.” — Runner’s Gazette

“As we run, we become.” — Amby Burfoot, “The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life”

“The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.” — George Sheehan

“Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner.” — Thomas King

“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” — Joan Benoit Samuelson

“Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.” — Joan Benoit Samuelson

“Once you are a runner, it’s always there in the back of your head.” — Bill Rodgers

“Do not underestimate the intimacy of running, and the people with whom you share your miles.” — Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, Runner’s World.com

“The body gets really good at doing what you ask it to do. Once you have a mastery or proficiency in a routine, you’ll no longer experience new gains in fitness. You’ve got to add different elements of stress.” — Terrence Mahon, coach of Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor and others at the Mammoth Track Club

“The training is constant. You just have to stick with it and you’ll be successful. I use running to stay healthy and burn off the day’s stress.” — Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, NASA astronaut

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” — PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

“The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behavior.” — Tony Robbins, American self-help author and motivational speaker

“When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.” — Courtney Parsons

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” — John Bingham, running writer and speaker

“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” — Arthur Blank, American businessman and a co-founder of Home Depot

“Running has the power to change your life. It will make you fitter, healthier, even happier.” — Selene Yeager, “Let’s Get Started,” May 2010 issue of Runner’s World

“I run because it’s my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I’m going where I’m going and I’m already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise… it’s a consistent reward for victory!” — William Arthur Ward, American author

“There is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving.” — Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor at large

“Winning is not about headlines and hardware [medals]. It’s only about attitude. A winner is a person who goes out today and every day and attempts to be the best runner and best person they can be. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” — Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor at large

“You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” — Gatorade ad

“Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” — Henry David Thoreau

“The run, rogue as it was, was good for me. I got to hit the reset button on my gratitude meter, and think of all the ways that running has led me on a different path. It doesn’t matter what our surroundings and circumstances are, runners can always move through them and get to a better place.” — Kristin Armstrong, “Make it count,” Mile Markers blog, Runner’s World.com


3 responses to “Quotations

  1. Fred Miller

    “Effort is the measure of man, not talent.” James


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