Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.
The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.
In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.
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 you to quit.
Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is.
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
In 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.
Be sincere in your thoughts, Be pure in your feelings. You will not have to run after happiness. Happiness will run after you.
Recognize your victories.
We were born to run; we were born because we run.
There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.
I run because it's so symbolic of 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.
Good things come slow, especially in distance running.
If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Run hard, be strong, think big!
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.
The marathon can humble you.
You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
A runner must run with dreams in his heart.
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