I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.
~ Jesse Owens
I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with running. It’s an easily accessible sport, so it’s often the “go to” activity for many. Some people love running…and I’m not quite sure why. There must be something wonderful and amazing about it and I want in on it!
So here are some quotes from runners on training and racing to inspire the not-so-excited runners:
“Some people train knowing they’re not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.” -Alberto Salazar
“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” – Tom Fleming’s Boston Marathon training sign on his wall
“Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot.” – author unknown
“The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” – Maurice Greene (attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after running the first sub-4 mile)
“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?’” – Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and Sub-2:12 marathoner
“The gun goes off and everything changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.” - Patti Sue Plummer
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” -Steve Prefontaine
“To move into the lead means making an act requiring fierceness and confidence. But fear must play some part…no relaxation is possible, and all discretion is thrown into the wind.” -Roger Bannister
“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” -Billie Jean King (tennis player)
“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli
“If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.” – Unknown