Why Do You Run?
Because you're wondering if your grandchildren will too. Because its raining. Because you can, and others can't. Because its faster than walking. Because that shaky-leg-thing is all about nervous energy. Because you can't fly. Because you can fly. Because your personal best is just that, yours. Because the pain of a blister is nothing compared to the pain of stopping. Because you like the resistance the wind gives you. Because you like the resistance you give the wind. Just Because.
-NYC Marathon Ad
People can't understand why a man runs. They don't see any sport in it. Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. For in running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents.
The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.
Talk is cheap. Don't tell me what you can do, show me
The tougher the experience, the tougher you become
It is easier to stay up than to catch up
The only one that limits you is yourself
To hit a mark, aim above it.
Pain is temporary, Pride is forever"
"You can't coach heart and desire, it must come from within"
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender"
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail"
"Runners just do it - they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first." ~Author Unknown
"Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity." - Michael Johnson
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens
"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason
"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine
"The gun goes off and everthing changes... the world changes... and nothing else really matters." - Patti Sue Plummer
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." - Doug Larson
"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep." - Robert Frost
"I cannot have survival as my only goal. That would be too boring. My goal is to come back in my best running form. It is good for me to have that goal; it will help me." - Ludmila Engquist (Olympic champion hurdler facing cancer and chemotherapy)
"When I came back, after all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country, and I could not ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. Now what's the difference?" - Jesse Owens
"There are clubs you can't belong to, neighborhoods you can't live in, schools you can't get into, but the roads are always open." - Nike
"The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner