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.
Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Be sincere in your thoughts, Be pure in your feelings. You will not have to run after happiness. Happiness will run after you.
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.
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.
It's better to burn out, than to fade away.
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.
Your shoes are only as good as the laces they're attached to.
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.
Running well is a matter of having the patience to persevere when we are tired and not expecting instant results.
Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding.
Good things come slow, especially in distance running.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.
Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
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.
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.
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