Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
Once you're beat mentally, you might was well not even go to the starting line.
It's elevating and humbling at the same time. Running along a beach at sunrise with no other footprints in the sand, you realize the vastness of creation, your own insignificant space in the plan, how tiny you really are, your own creatureliness and how much you owe to the supreme body, the God that brought all this beauty and harmony into being.
Sister Marion Irvine
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.
Some things don't always work out the way you plan. The main thing is to keep trying, do better next time, and deal with dsappointment if it comes.
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
Henry David Thoreau
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.''
I still bother with runners I call hamburgers. They're never going to run any record times. But they can fulfill their own potential.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: "Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus."
Believe in yourself, know yourself, deny yourself, and be humble.
Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.
Patti Sue Plumer
Use what you have to run toward your best - that's how I now live my life.
No negative thoughts cross my mind on race day. When I look into their eyes, I know I'm going to beat them.
Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.
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Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
I prefer to remain in blissful ignorance of the opposition. That way I'm not frightened by anyone's reputation.
Learn to walk before you run.
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they're capable of understanding.
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.
Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
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.
If you believe in yourself and have the courage,
the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive
and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and
pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win,
and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.
Arnold H. Glasgow
We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, "Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?"
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare.
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Fear is a great motivator.
Two things are bad for the heart - running up stairs and running down people.
Bernard M. Baruch
The marathon's about being in contention over the last 10K. That's when it's about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what's left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.
Rob de Castella
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
In achieving your goals, you may run into roadblocks. Don't let that stop you, go around, over, or under. If you are committed to your goal you will find a way.
"Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games."
"Dream barriers look very high until someone climbs them. They are not barriers anymore."
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
"No pain, no gain."
"Either you run the day or the day runs you."
"Mind is everything: muscle, pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind."