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
Cheerful Distance Running quotations
Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.
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.
Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.
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'.
One life. Just one. Why aren't we running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.
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.
Distance yourself from negativity or it will deplete your well of optimism.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep but I have promises to keep...
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.
I have a saying 'train, don't strain.
' The Americans have the saying 'no pain, no gain' and that's why they have no distance running champions. They get down to the track with a stopwatch and flog their guts out thinking that it'll make them a champion, but they'll never make a champion that way.
The scariest thing about distance is that you don't know whether they'll miss you or forget you.
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.
Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don't run after them.
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.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.
Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished.
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.
Running from your problems is just adding another one to the list.
Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger.
Concentrate on small segments of your race at a time.
For example, rather than obsessing about the distance that remains, simply complete the next mile in good form...try another, then another, until the race is done.
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.
Anyone can run away, it's super easy. Facing problems and working through them, that's what makes you strong.
We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.
What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! we may conjecture many things.
We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves
The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit
Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be.
I haven't seen too many American distance men on the international scene willing to take risks. I saw some U.S. women in Barcelona willing to risk, more than men. The Kenyans risk. Steve Prefontaine risked. I risked - I went through the first half of the Tokyo race just a second off my best 5000 time.
In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.
The worst distance between to people is misunderstanding.
The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.
Long distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.