There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open. -NIKE

Running is more than just exercise. Running purely for the exercise would be like eating purely to exercise your jaw muscles. (courtesy of OTD-Colonel from RWOL)

Pain is temporary. Quitting is final. (Lance Armstrong).

I don’t race to see who is the fastest. I race to see who has the most guts. (Steve PreFontaine)
“My sport is your sport’s punishment.” Seen on track and field and cross country shirts everywhere!”
Don’t let fatigue make of you a coward.”

“Catch the person in front of you. Stay in front of the person behind you. Beat the shadow next to you.”

“If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.”

“Run like you stole something.”

“Running is an unatural act, except from enemies and to the bathroom.”

Outrunning obesity; one mile at a time.

No Brain, No Pain

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.- Keanu Reeves/Shane Falco – The Replacements.

“The best long distance runners eat raw meat, run naked, and sleep in the snow.”–iditarod dog sled race

“pain is weakness leaving the body” USMC

Why couldn’t Pheidippides have died at mile 20?

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

“If you start to feel good during a marathon, don’t worry you will get over it.”

“To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who’s never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.”-Jerome Drayton

“If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”-Emil Zatopek

“People ask why I run. I say, “If you have to ask, you will never understand”. It is something only those select few know. Those who put themselves through pain, but know, deep down, how good it really feels.”-Erin Leonard

“The next best thing to running,is talking about running!”

“No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes.”-Don Kardong

“Why aren’t you signed up for the 401K? I’d never be able to run that far.”-Scott Adams, Dilbert (4/2/01)

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” -Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals.-Hal Higdon

“Hard things take time to do. Impossible things take a little longer.”-Percy Cerutty

“I know I run like a girl….try to keep up!!!”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift”- Pre

You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted. -Joe Henderson

“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.” – Ken Doherty

“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” – Maurice Greene

Someone may beat me, but they’re going to have to bleed to do it. – Steve Prefontaine