The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other... but to be with each other.
When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.
For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics.
In my case, I thoroughly enjoy running 100-odd miles a week. If I didn't I wouldn't do it. Who can define happiness? To some, happiness is a warm puppy or a glass of cold beer. To me, happiness is running in the hills with my mates around me.
Nothing is more certain than the defeat of a man who gives up.
Don't give up on the impossible before you try it.
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner.
Just do the best with what you have, and you'll soon be doing it better.
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.
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.
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.
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 rest.
To make your life a work of art, you must have the material to work with. The race, any race, is just such an experience.
You train best where you are the happiest.
Success does not come to the most righteous and rigorously disciplined but to those who continue running.
There's nothing a man can't do if the spirit's there.
Coming off the last turn, my thoughts changed from 'One more try...one more try...one more try...' to 'I can win! I can win! I can win!
The freedom of cross country is so primitive. It's woman vs. nature.
Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner.
Once you have decided that winning isn't everything, you become a winner.
When I came back, after all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country, and I could not ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. Now what's the difference?
In a country where only men are encouraged, one must be one's own inspiration.
Fear is a great motivator.
[Scientific testing] can't determine how the mind will tolerate pain in a race. Sometimes, I say, 'Today I can die.'
If I faltered, there would be no arms to hold me and the world would be a cold and forbidding place.
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