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.— George A. Sheehan
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The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.
Happiness is different from pleasure.
Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
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.
There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
Running is just such a monastery- a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.
Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.
Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.
Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit
No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.
The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.
I have a bumper sticker that Bowen created that says Regardless of my kids grades, they have an 'A' in my book'. Without play the child that still lives in all of us will always be incomplete. And not only physically, but creatively, intellectually, and spiritually as well.
Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
There is nothing more certain than the defeat of the man who gives up.
Life is the greatest experiment. Each of us is an experiment of one-observer and subject-making choices, living with them, recording the effects.
Exercise: you don't have time not to
The most important thing I learned [from running] is that there is only one runner in this race, and that is me.
We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely.
.. change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.
The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory.
It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one's own person, utterly and completely.
The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body.
Some think guts is sprinting at the end of a race.
But guts is what got you there to begin with. Guts start back in the hills with 6 miles to go and you're thinking of how you can get out of this race without anyone noticing. Guts begin when you still have forty minutes of torture left and you're already hurting more than you ever remember.
Success rests with having the courage and endurance and, above all, the will to become the person you are, however peculiar that may be. Then you will be able to say, I found my hero and he is me.
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.
Sport is singularly able to give us peak experience where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.
Anything that changes your values changes your behaviour.
No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences.
The distance runner is mysteriously reconciling the separations of body and mind, of pain and pleasure, of the conscious and the unconscious. He is repairing the rent, and healing the wound in his divided self. He has found a way to make the ordinary extraordinary; the commonplace unique; the everyday eternal.
Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medallist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory.
Running makes you an athlete in all areas of life.
..trained in the basics, prepared for whatever comes, ready to fill each hour and deal with the decisive moment.
And while these pounds were being shed, while the physiological miracles were occurring with the heart and muscle and metabolism, psychological marvels were taking place as well. Just so, the world over, bodies, minds, and souls are constantly being born again, during miles on the road.
Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.
To make your life a work of art, you must have the material to work with.
The race, any race, is just such an experience.
There are as many reasons for running as there are days in a year.
... But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child.
If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you'd best begin with the Little Answers about your body.
If you want to win anything - a race, yourself, your life - you have to go a little berserk.
Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon.
For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear leaves and listen to rain and look to the day when it all is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.
Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do.
Do not tell me what is good for me, tell me what is good for you. If, at the same time, you reveal the you in me, if you become a mirror to my inner self, then you have made a reader and a friend.
Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one.
There are those of us who are always about to live.
We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.
Because until we write it down, we don't know what is actually at the root of our lives.
Fitness is just a stage you pass through on the way to becoming a racer.
Have you ever felt worse after a run?
Once you have decided that winning isn't everything, you become a winner.
Fitness has to be fun. If it is not play there will be no fitness. Play, you see, is where the process. Fitness is merely the product.
On the roads, I can see truth revealed whole without thought or reason.
There I experience the sudden understanding that comes unasked, unbidden. I simply rest, rest within myself, rest within the pure rhythm of my running. And I wait.
I will not last forever. But I am damn well going to know I have been here.
To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain - not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.