Nothing is going to be handed to you -- you have to make things happen.
I believe in the impossible because no one else does.
A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.
I know what I have to do, and I'm going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I'll come out a winner, and it doesn't matter what anyone else does.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore.
I pray hard, work hard, and leave the rest to God.
When you first get a hill in sight, look at the top of it only once. Then imagine yourself at the bottom of the other side.
I like being unconventional.
If you want to run as fast as the men, you've got to train like the men.
I used to be teased for the way I wore my hair at school. I used to do things like wear a different-colored sock on each leg.
I don't do drugs. I never have taken any drugs. I don't believe in them.
I have been running since I was 7. I was trying to restructure the way my body was made instead of trying to master the way I ran. I would get so frustrated with my starts in practices that I would just cry. When I ran, I wouldn't even try to get out of the blocks, I would just run.
I was always doing something physical. My brothers and I used to have handstand contests. We'd walk around the projects on our hands and see who could get the farthest. I was always playing football with them, basketball or racing in the street.
People don't pay much attention to you when you are second best. I wanted to see what it felt like to be number one.
I don't look at myself as being famous. I look at myself as an athlete. If the money is there, I'd be happy, but I have to be happy within myself first.
You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running.
I don't always have the best eating habits. I like butter and ice cream. There are days when I should work out and I don't. But it's never too late to change old habits.
I've always overworked in the weight room. I love working with weights. I knew they'd give me the strength I needed.
The main reason I wanted to be successful was to get out of the ghetto. My parents helped direct my path.
I love working with kids, talking with them and listening to them. I always encourage kids to reach beyond their dreams. Don't try to be like me. Be better than me.
People want to think that staying in shape costs a lot of money. They couldn't be more wrong. It doesn't cost anything to walk. And it's probably a lot cheaper to go to the corner store and buy vegetables than take a family out for fast food.
Injuries made me a believer in cross-training.
To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on.
I couldn't wait until I grew up. I used to look at my mom's stockings and put them on with her high heels and mess with my hair.
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