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I find reading running quotes help keep me motivated. One new favorite is:
" I admire two types of runners. The 2 hour marathoner and 7 hour marathoner. They both posses a dedication to the sport, the ability to endure pain and the unwillingness to quit." - JChavez (A runner I met at the Long Beach Marathon '08)
"90% of running is mental the other half is physical" I can't remember who said this, forgive me if you said it because I only admire you for it.
I like the classic line from John "the Penguin" Bingham (the Runners' World columnist): "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start".
@ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 25:17
New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15
All my life, man and boy, I've operated under the assumption that the main idea in running was to win the race. Naturally, when I became a coach I tried to teach people how to do that. Tried to teach Pre how to do that. Tried like hell to teach Pre to do that. And Pre taught me. Taught me I was wrong. Pre, you see, was troubled by knowing that a mediocre effort can win a race and a magnificent effort can lose one. Winning a race wouldn't necessarily demand that he give it everything he had from start to finish. He never ran any other way. I couldn't get him to, and God knows I tried... but... Pre was stubborn on holding himself to a higher standard than victory. 'A race is a work of art' is what he said and what he believed and he was out to make it one every step of the way.
Of course he wanted to win. Those who saw Pre compete or who competed against him were never in doubt how much he wanted to win. But how he won mattered to him more. Pre thought I was a hard case. But he finally got it through my head that the real purpose of running isn't to win a race. It's to test to the limits of the human heart. That he did... No one did it more often. No one did it better.
Oregon Trach Coach Bill Bowerman eulogy of Steve Prefontaine at his funeral...(not so much a quote but what running meant to Pre and how Pre ran every race)
"Mind is everything. Muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. " - Paavo Nurmi
"All you have to do, is do the miles."; "Miles are to the marathoner as beers are to the bowler." - Tere Stouffer Drenth
"There is no hill."
"Don't walk, just slow down. Don't slow down, just keep this pace. Don't keep this pace, just speed up!"
"Wow, that guy makes Speedy Gonzales look like Regular Gonzales!"
Well, it's been fun. Hope you got some inspiration from wise words from seasoned, as well as, newbie runners. Thanks for all the replies. Let me leave you with this:
"Running teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of." - Patti Summer, Olympic Marathoner