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-The clock isn't slower; you're just faster.

Alan Page, former NFL football star
-I felt like I played in a very rough football game with no hitting above the waist.

Alex Ratelle
-I eat whatever the guy who beat me in the last race ate.

Alf Shrubb, English racer, early 1900's
-Training can get on a man's nerves. There is no profit or use in denying it.

Arthur Lydiard
-The idea that you can't lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved.

Baron Hansen
-Life is short... running makes it seem longer.

Barry Magee
-Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count.

Bill Bowerman
-There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.

Bill Rodgers
-The starting line of the New York City marathon is kind of a giant time bomb behind you about to go off. It is the most spectacular start in sport.
-The marathon can humble you.
-If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk.
-My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.

Bill Squires, Coach
-The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.

Billy Mills
-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!

Bobbi Gibb, first woman to finish the Boston Marathon, 1966
-I thought about how many preconcieved prejudices would crumble when i trotted right along for 26 miles.

British Women's running club slogan
-It's the lioness that hunts.

Bro. Colm O'Connel
-Remember, even 13 year old girls are training three times per day.

Brooks Johnson
-It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.

Bruce Barton
-Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.

Carl Lewis
-Channel your energy. Focus

Carlos Lopes, Portugal
-Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.

Chairman Mao
-Long distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.

Cheryl Bridges Treworgy, member of five U.S. World Cross-Country teams
-Taking charge of your body can help you take charge of your life. And that power can help you go wherever you want to go, every single day.

Clarence DeMar
-Run like hell and get the agony over with.

Don Kardong
-There's no such thing as a bad carbohydrate.

Dr. Dale Turner
-No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new buety waiting to be born.

Dr. Ernest van Aaken
-Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately and don't eat like a pig.

Dr. George Sheehan
-Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
-The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: Do the best with what you've got.
-Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
-Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is some of us are training and some are not.

Eleanor Roosevelt
-You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every expirience in which you stop to look fear in the face.
-You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

Emil Zatopek
-We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.

Emil Zatopek after Olympic Marathon win
-I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.

Frank Shorter
-You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.

Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion
-Hills are speedwork in disguise.

Frank Shorter, on the New York City Marathon
-When you first run up First Avenue in New York, if you don't get goose bumps, theres something wrong with you.

Franklin P. Jones.
-The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back.

Gene Thibeault
-If you start to feel good during an ultra, don't worry, you will get over it.

Grete Waitz
-I'm never going to run this again.

Hal Higdon
-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.

Harry Groves, Penn State coach
-The problem with big kickers is they often lose to other big kickers.

Herb Elliot
-The only tactics I admire are do-or-die.

Herb Elliott
-I have never been a killer. I'm not an aggressive personality and if I can remember any emotion I felt during a race it was fear. The greatest stimulator of my running was fear.

Ian Stewart
-First is first, and second is nowhere.

Ian Thompson, 2:09 marathon
-I prefer to remain in blissful ignorance of the opposition. That way I'm not frightened by anyone's reputation.

Ibrahim Hussein, on marathon tactics
-At the two-thirds mark, I think of those who are still with me. Who might make a break? Should I? Then I give it all I've got.

Isaiah 40:13
-They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.

Jack Foster
-Coaches are okay, I guess, but I prefer to do things my own way.

Jack Lovelock
-Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished.

Jerome Drayton
-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.

Jesse Owens
-We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
-Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
-For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.
-One chance is all you need.
-It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close
-I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
-I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

Joe Henderson
-The Boston Marathon has had more to do with liberating and promoting women's marathoning than any other race in the world.

John Landy
-The mile has a classic symmetry. It's a play in four acts.

John Trautmann
-Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.

Juha Väätäinen, Finland
-Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.

Juma Ikangaa
-The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

Jumbo Elliott
-Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.

Keith Brantly, U.S. Olympic Marathoner
-Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is working in training to get gradually stronger.

Ken Doherty, former coach and Penn Relays director
-A Coach can be like an oasis in the dessert of a runner's lost enthusiasm.

Kip Keino
-As a sportsman, I accept being beaten. Everybody tries to be a winner, but only one in a race will win. It’s fun to win. But I don’t find unhappiness if I lose.

Lance Armstrong
-Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight

Lou Holtz
-Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it

Lynn Jennings
-Every athlete has doubts. Elite runners in particular are insecure people. You need someone to affirm that what you are doing is right.
-The footing was really atrocious. I loved it. I really like Cross Country; you're one with the mud.
-Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, like the muscles of the body.

Mark Plaatjes, 1993 World Marathon champion
-Sometimes a slight pace change is all you need to snap out of a mental or pyhsical funk.

Marty Liquori
-Road racing is rock 'n roll; track is Carnegie Hall.

Marty Liquori to Kip Keino
-Don't quit, dammit!

Marty Stern
-Intelligent coaching is sometimes no coaching.
-If the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill.

Michael Johnson
-Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.

Mike Fanelli, club coach
-I tell runners to divide a race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.

Mike Koskei, Kenya
-The secret of cross country is to do everything we do on the track and take it into the bush.

Mitchell Naufell
-Set your goals high because what a person accomplishes is in proportion to what they attempt.

Neil Kendall
-Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.

Nike Running Poster
-The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

Ohio Runner
-Afraid you havent got what it takes? Then get it! Feed your mind.
-Some people go through life standing at the excuse counter. Get out of line.

Oprah Winfrey
-Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

Paavo Nurmi
-Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.
-If you want to tell something to an athlete, say it quickly and give no alternatives. This is a game of winning and losing. It is senseless to explain and explain.

Paavo Nurmi, Finnish Olympic Great
-This is a game of winning and losing. It is senseless to explain and explain.

Paul Brown
-When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.

Paul Tergat
-Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.

Peter Coe
-The thinking must be done first, before training begins.

Pindar, Greek poet, 500 B.C.
-Yet that man is happy and poets sing of him who conquers with hand and swift foot and strength.

Pope John Paul II, 1982
-The New York Marathon: a fantastic event.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
-Concentration is the secret of strength.

Roger Bannister, after running history's first sub 4-minute mile
-Apres moi le deluge ("After me the flood")

Rollie Geiger, North Carolina State Coach
-Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time.

Ron Delany, Irish miler, 1956 Olympic 1500 Champion
-When runners win a big race these days, they get a car. When I won a big race, I got a ride.

Ron Hill during the 1970 Boston Marathon
-Get going. Get up and walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.

Said Aouita
-Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me.

Sebastian Coe
-Blink and you miss a sprint. The 10,000 meters is lap after lap of waiting. Theatrically, the mile is just the right length: beginning, middle, end, a story unfolding.

Seen on the back of a runners t-shirt
-Satisfaction is the DEATH of Desire

-Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible.

Sir Roger Bannister
-The mile has all the elements of drama.
-If a man coaches himself, then he has only himself to blame when he is beaten.

Steve Jones
-I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.

Steve Prefontaine
-To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-What I want is to be number one.
-I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.
-Someone may beat me today, But they're gonna have to bleed to do it.

Suleiman Nyambui
-I don't drink. I don't kiss girls. These things do an athlete in.

Tom Sobal, 3-Time World Snowshoe Racing Champion
-Pain is Weakness leaving the body.

-Pain is nature's way of telling you that you are still alive.
-Running is a mental sport, and we're all insane!
-Records are made to be broken.
-Pain is temporary, pride is forever!
-Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
-A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you've done it you feel that you can do anything.

Veikko Karvonen, 1954 Boston Champ
-Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting.

William Arthur Ward
-Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.
-I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise... it's a consistent reward for victory!

William Shakespear, Julius Caesar
-Now bid me run, And I will strive things impossible.

William Sigei
-Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.

Wilson Kipketer
-I was pushed by myself because I have my own rule, and that is that every day I run faster, and try harder.
-The training is my secret and if I told you what it was, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore! I keep the secret in my heart.

Winston Churchill
-Never, never, never, never give up.