"To give anything
less than your best is the sacrifice the gift."
"A runner must run
with dreams in his heart."
- Emil Zatopek
"Failing to prepare is
preparing to fail."
"Besides pride, loyalty,
discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks."
"A marathon is like life
with its ups and downs, but once you've done it, you feel you can do anything."
"Don't give up on the
impossible before you try it."
-Biggie Munn, MSU football
"Do not let what you cannot
do interfere with what you can do."
-John Wooden, UCLA basketball
"Ninety-eight percent of
success is in the head and the heart."
-Cathy Ferguson, Olympic swimming
"The biggest mistake an
athlete can make is to be afraid of making one."
-L. Ron Hubbard, author
"You don't get to choose
when opportunity is going to knock, so you better be prepared for it when it
-Ted Anderson, U of Nebraska Omaha
"If what you did yesterday
still looks big to you, you haven't done much today."
-Wid Matthews, Chicago Cubs
"1. Stress improvement, not
perfection (or winning). 2. Don't take yourself too seriously; laugh at yourself
and have fun. 3. Set attainable goals; reach them and then set higher ones. 4.
Be positive, walk tall, smile often, don't complain or procrastinate. 5. Prepare
purposely, but don't overtrain. 6. Remember- Sports is a game and meant to be
-Dick Gould, Stanford tennis
"They say the breaks even up
in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner."
-Chuck Knox, LA Rams
"The race does not always go
to the swift, but to the ones who keep running."
"Ability is what you are
capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude is how well you do
-Lou Holtz, U of S. Carolina football
"It's what you learn after
you know it all that counts.
"The measure of who we are
is what we do with what we have."
"Just do the best with what
you have, and you'll soon be doing it better."
"Winners never quit, and
quitters never win."
"You play the way you
"The only place that
success comes before work is in the dictionary."
-John Wooden, UCLA basketball
This describes the pure
essence of why we run. Spoken about Roger Bannister, the first man to
break the 4-minute mile.
"One late afternoon, after swimming in a lake, he began to
jog around to ease his chill. Soon enough he
found himself running for the sheer exhilaration of it, across the moor and
toward the coast. The sky filled with crimson clouds, and as he ran a
light rain started to fall. With the sun warming his back, a rainbow
appeared in front of him, and he seemed to run toward it. Along the coast the
rhythm of the water breaking against the rocks eased him, and he circled back to
where he had begun. Cool, wet air filled his lungs. Running into the
sun now, he had trouble seeing the ground underneath his feet, but still he
rushed forward, alive with the movement. Finally spent as the sun
disappeared from the horizon, he tumbled down a light hill and rested on his
back, his feet bleeding, but feeling rejuvenated. He needed to reconnect to the
joy of running, to get away from the tyranny of the track"
-Neil Bascomb, The Perfect Mile
"You only live once, but if
you work it right, once is enough."
- Joe Louis
"Success is a state of mind.
If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success."
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
"Happiness is not a state to
arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
-Margaret Lee Runbeck
"You can't go back and make
a brand new start, but you can start now and make a brand-new end."
"It takes education to be
successful in the game of life."
"A star can win any game; a
team can win every game"
-Jack Ramsay, National Basketball
"Never give up."
-Jim Valvano, NC State basketball
thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning
or you're not going anywhere."
-Bob Kennedy, US 5000m record holder and
first non-African under 13 minutes
"Bid me run and I will
strive with things impossible."
-Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
"Anything is possible, but
you have to believe and you have to fight."
"Any idiot can train himself into the
ground; the trick is working in training to get gradually stronger."
"Most people are like a falling leaf
that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground.
But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind
reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path."
"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved
except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior
"Second place is not a defeat. It
is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined."
-Carlos Lopes, Portugal
"Out on the roads there is fitness and
self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be."
--Dr. George Sheehan
"Life is short... running makes it seem
"I eat whatever the guy who beat me in
the last race ate."
"We all have dreams. In order to
make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline and effort."
"If you want to become the best runner
you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if
you can do it."
--Priscilla Welch, Master Marathon Great
"Somewhere in the world someone is
training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
--Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon
"A coach can be like oasis in the desert
of a runner's lost enthusiasm."
"I think there's only one sensible place
for a person to be at 5:30 in the morning. That's in bed. And
what am I doing? I'm out running. And I completely hate this."
--Derek Clayton, Australian
marathoner, first to
"The greatest danger to most of us lies
not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim
too low, and achieving our mark."
sculptor, painter, architect
& poet, considered the creator of the Renaissance)
impossible, do the incredible."
--Unknown (courtesy Jeremy Paxston)
"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."
--PattySue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
"Run hard, be
strong, think big!"
"In running, it
doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or
last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of
satisfaction in that."
"Act like a horse.
Be dumb. Just run."
"If the hill has its
own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill."
"Don't attack a hill
from the very bottom- it's bigger than you are!"
--Harry Groves, Penn State coach
"I think some of the
most celebrated moments in human achievement should be those times when
everything is going against a person and they are down in the dumps but they
simply choose to get up. That's real greatness!"
"Life (and running) is
not all about time but about our experiences along the way."
"To keep from decaying,
to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain - not only accept it, but look
for it, live with it, learn not to fear it."
--Dr. George Sheehan
"I run because I used to
be envious of people that could run, and now I am that person."
"Everything I know about
life, I learned it from running."
"No matter how old I
get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times
become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each
race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or
another, and each race telling me more about myself and others."
--Dr. George Sheehan
"I have met my hero, and
he is me."
"A man can fail many
times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
"You only grow as a
human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
"There's nothing better
than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains
its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve."
"Self-trust is the
essence of heroism."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Only those who will
risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go."
"Feel the fear and do it
everything. Wanting to is."
"The impossible is often
"Success doesn't come to
you... you go to it."
"Running is one of the
best solution to a clear mind."
"The most important
message I stress to beginners is to learn to love the sport. Like
other endeavors, if running is not undertaken properly, it can be difficult
"It's very hard in the
beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other
runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the
little voice inside you that wants to quit."
"Passion is pushing
myself when there is no one else around- just me and the road."
"We are what we
repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
"The essential thing in
life is not so much conquering as fighting as well."
"Some runners judge performance by
whether they won or lost. Others define success or failure by how fast they
ran. Only you can judge your performance. Avoid letting others sit in
judgment of you."
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."
"The most important day
in any running program is rest. Rest days give your muscles time to
recover so you can run again. Your muscles build in strength as you
"In order to succeed, we
must first believe we can."
"The crime is not to
avoid failure, the crime is to not give triumph a chance."
"To make your life a work of art, you must
have the material to work with. The race, any race, is just such an
-- GEORGE SHEEHAN
"My whole feeling in terms of racing is
that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and
"There is something about the ritual of the
race-putting on the number, lining up, being timed-that brings out the best
"A race is a work of art that people can
look at and be affected by in as many ways as they're capable of
"Every time I fail I assume I will be a
stronger person for it."
"You train best where you are the
"This is what really matters: running. This
is where I know where I am."
"If you set your aim too high and don't
fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's
reasonable, and then gradually raise it."
"Recognize your victories."
"Citius, altius, fortius...swifter, higher,
"Don't bother just to be better than your
contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
"You cannot propel
yourself forward by patting yourself on the back."
"Joy lies in the fight,
in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself."
"I ran to be free; I ran
to avoid pain; I ran to feel pain; I ran out of love and hate and anger and
no go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a
--RALPH WALDO EMERSON
"Success does not come
to the most righteous and rigorously disciplined but to those who continue
"When you run in places
you visit, you encounter things you'd never see otherwise."
"We all need goals. Life
is hard to live without one."
"Running gives me
"The secret of
getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking
your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then
starting on the first one."
"Running is my
"If you want to achieve
a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances."
"There's nothing a man
can't do if the spirit's there."
"Life is complicated.
Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run?"
"If you ask me how I
want to be remembered, it is as a winner...
A winner is somebody who gave his best effort, who has tried the hardest
they possibly can...who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength
within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they
accomplished it or failed, it means they've given it their best. That's