Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.— Oprah Winfrey
Practical Marathon Runners quotations
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
I always tell beginning runners: Train your brain first.
It's much more important than your heart or legs.
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 will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
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.
The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts.
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message.
It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger.
I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be.
I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here.
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 20 miles. It's the next six that count.
Most people who do a lot of exercise, particularly in the form of competitive athletics, have unneurotic, extraverted, optimistic personalities to begin with. (Marathon runners are exceptions to this.)
The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.
Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
Every runner has a specific motivation and inspiration for running a marathon.
This year, all 36,000 of us will 'run together' to demonstrate the spirit of the marathon. We will still have our individual motivations, but we will be unified under the Boston Strong umbrella.
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
If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble.
If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal.
I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
Business is a sprint until you find an opportunity, then it's the patience of a marathon runner.
There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.
Analysis is a glittering opportunity for training: it is just here that capacity for work, perseverence and stamina are cultivated, and these qualities are, in truth, as necessary to a chess player as a marathon runner.
But it's the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the "wall," like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival is in hard workouts that develop mental confidence to the point where you won't submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.
We have sex like Kenyan marathon runners.
Dream barriers look very high until someone climbs them. They are not barriers anymore.