The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
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.
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.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
Don't bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.
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.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.
The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
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.
Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want - Why? Because (a) you'll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you'll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.
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.
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