I always loved running.... It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power.
The freedom of cross country is so primitive. It's woman vs. nature.
I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
Mind is everything. Muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.
Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding.
Don't bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.
A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
A lot of people don't realize that about 98 percent of the running I put in is anything but glamorous: 2 percent joyful participation, 98 percent dedication! It's a tough formula. Getting out in the forest in the biting cold and the flattening heat, and putting in kilometer after kilometer.
The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you're nothing but hoof prints.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.
A runners creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
A lot of people don't realize that not everybody gets high.
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