Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.

— Dean Karnazes

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I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.

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The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds.

If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.

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Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.

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Dean Karnazes quote Run when you can, walk if you have to, c

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.

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Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.

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I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.

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I never feel more alive than when I'm in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!

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Dean Karnazes quote Run when you can, walk if you have to, c

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.

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As long as my heart's still in it, I'll keep going.

If the passion's there, why stop?... There'll likely be a point of diminishing returns, a point where my strength will begin to wane. Until then, I'll just keep plodding onward, putting one foot in front of the other to the best of my ability. Smiling the entire time.

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I eat nothing that's processed or refined - no high-fructose corn syrup, no sugar, no trans-fats. I eat a lot of fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil and nuts. A lot of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. No bread. No gluten. No wheat. No rice.

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There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.

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Unless you're not pushing yourself, you're not living to the fullest.

You can't be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven't pushed hard enough."

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If it felt good, you didn't push hard enough. It's supposed to hurt like hell.

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For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn't.

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About Dean Karnazes

Quotes 62 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

The only one who can tell you "You can't" is you. And you don't have to listen.-Nike

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As long as my heart's still in it, I'll keep going. If the passion's there, why stop?

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Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.

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Awakenings are always terrifying as they force you to realize your past has been lived in confinement, the most disturbing part is when you recognize that the shackle holding you down are largely once you have placed upon yourself, the prison is self constructed

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Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance? Get to know your running shoes.

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We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.

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If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you'll catch them.

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How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop till you cross the finish line.

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Endurance running was my passion, my ride.

So here, I was in the driver's seat, running for two days straight pushing the mental and physical limits striving to be better, to go farther, to give more.

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Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.

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I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary.

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Adventure books are my personal favorites.

'The Endurance,' a story about Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctica expedition, or 'Into Thin Air,' Jon Krakauer's personal account of the 1996 disaster on Mt Everest, are two notables.

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I run because it always takes me where I want to go.

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Pain is the body's way of ridding itself of weakness.

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Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.

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When all else fails, start running!

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Running is a simple, primitive act, and therein lays its power.

For it is one of the few commonalities left between us as a human race.

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I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling - all that stuff.

But it's just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It's humbling, really.

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You cannot grow and expand your capabilities without running the risk of failure.

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Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence.

Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.

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People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness... Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.

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Regardless of how distant your dreams may seem, every second counts.

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I'm not trying to take more of the pie for myself. I'm trying to make the pie larger for everyone.

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Even if you're inches away from the finish, never take success for granted.

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Don't confuse comfort with happiness.

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If someone had said to me before I started doing this that a human being is capable of running 100 miles nonstop, I would have just said: 'No way. I mean, how?' If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.

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I love to run and I have some tips to keep it fresh and novel.

I rarely use the same route twice. That keeps things new.

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Never, however, do I take shortcuts. There is not path of least resistance in my training. What I do equates to hard manual labor, disciplined grunt work. Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself. You might be able to fool some people, but you can never fool yourself. Your toughest critic is the one you face every morning in the mirror.

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If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.

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Go out hard and finish harder.

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Sometimes you've got to go through hell to get to heaven.

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I have my whole office set-up at waist level;

I don't sit at all during the day. Sitting, to me, is the devil.

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I do a lot of marathons as training runs.

If I'm somewhere and there's a marathon, I'll sign up and just go run it.

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I run with a credit card and a cell phone, so when there is not a 7-Eleven around, like some of the country roads out there, I can get him to deliver a pizza to me. And I kind of give them a coordinate, a corner.

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I went to college, grad school. I got an M.B.A., had a really cush corporate job. But I was just bored stiff. I didn't fit that mold.

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If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.

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Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself.

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