I raced supremely well. I felt I was as well fitted to do it as I had ever been, and as perhaps I might ever be. I went climbing three weeks before, because I was feeling fed up with running.
I lived on the top of one hill and the school was at the top of another hill. Nobody ever went to school by car - we didn't have any cars during the war. So that to and from school was itself a training.
I found longer races boring. I found the mile just perfect.
I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn, the trumpet and the cello.
I came from such a simple origin, without any great privilege, and I would say I also wanted to make a mark. It wasn't until I was about 15 that I appeared in a race.
Athletics is a luxury.
I couldn't disappoint people. I did not want to fail and exhaust myself, because I was the kind of runner who trained so little that I couldn't race again within another 10 days.
The earth seemed to move with me. I found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never knew existed.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
The person who can drive themself further once the effort gets painful, is the one who will win.
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