I don’t think about the miles coming down the road, I don’t think about the miles I’ve already covered. I think about what I’m doing right now, just being lost in the moment.
Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic marathoner, Runner’s World
Fear is gradually replaced by excitement and a simple desire to see what you can do on the day.
Lauren Fleshman, Runner’s World
When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenaline 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, Runner’s World
I run because it’s so symbolic to 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, co-founder of The Home Depot, Runner’s World
Hill workouts are kind of like doing singing scales or repeated high notes - I hate it, but if i do the easy stuff all the time, I won’t improve.
Lisette Oropesa, Soprano, The Metropolitan Opera, Runner’s World
It’s a treat, being a long-distance runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do.
Alan Sillitoe, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Runner’s World
Running taught me valuable lessons. in cross-country competition, training counted more than instrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.
Nelson Mandela, Runner’s World
Each day [running] requiress that I inhabit my body as completely as possible, surrender to change, and let that process work on me until i am not the tired and often dispirited woman who leaves the house, but the one who returns enlivened, cheeks aflame, her mind swept clear as a Zen garden.
Alison Townsend, Runner’s World
Play not only keeps us young but also maintains out perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.
Jim Fixx, Runner’s World
The most important thing I learned [from running] is that there is only one runner in this race, and that is me.
George Sheehan, Runner’s World
There’s nothing a man can’t do if the spirit’s there.
Franz Stampfl, Runner’s World
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
Juha Vaatainen, Runner’s World
One chance is all you need.
Jesse Owens, Runner’s World
Top results are achieved only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.
Juha Vaatainen, former Finnish athlete, Runner’s World