In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.— Glenn Cunningham
Blissful Distance Runner quotations
Distance yourself from negativity or it will deplete your well of optimism.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.
The scariest thing about distance is that you don't know whether they'll miss you or forget you.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
I always loved running.... It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power.
Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.
Long-distance runners have to be very strange people.
You have to really want to do it. You don't have to win or beat someone, you just have to get through the thing. That's the sense of victory. The sense of self-worth.
The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner.
Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves.
It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.
Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.
The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts.
The worst distance between to people is misunderstanding.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.
Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.
Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger.
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.
There is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.
The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit
We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves
Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be.
Running away from any problem only increase the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from the problem is to solve it.
The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
If you're feeling good, don't worry. You'll get over it.
A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.
Run like hell and get the agony over with.
Dream barriers look very high until someone climbs them. They are not barriers anymore.
The distance between dreams and reality is called discipline.
Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.
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.
Swimming is probably the ultimate of burnout sports.
It's ironic because millions of people who swim as their regular exercise love the meditation aspect of it; you don't wind up with any orthopedic injuries. But when you swim at a world class level for hours and hours - the loneness of the long distance runner.
The heart knows no distance
Onions make me sad. A lot of people don't realize that.
Finland has produced so many brilliant distance runners because back home it costs $2.50 a gallon for gas.
I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a childrens author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president.
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.
Top results are achieved only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.