Disciplined runners consistently clear their heads and focus fully on the journey ahead.. .because their passion and zeal for the goal supersedes the strain. The goal beckons them onward. Passion doesn't negate weariness; it just resolves to press beyond it.— Priscilla Shirer
Cheerful Runner quotations
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.
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.
Love yourself like your life depends on it, because it does.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
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.
I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
There is no bad weather, just soft runners.
Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi have absolutely destroyed chess by their immoral, unethical, prearranged games. These guys are really the lowest dogs around, and if people knew the truth about them, they would be held in more contempt than Ben Johnson, the runner, and they're going to know the truth when I do this book!
A runner must run with dreams in his heart.
Every day of the year where the water is 76, day and night, and the waves roll high, I take my sled, without runners, and coast down the face of the big waves that roll in at Waikiki.
It's better to have ten disorganized players than ten organized runners.
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
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.
I run because it's so symbolic of life.
You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought.
Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.
It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims. It makes people nervous to see someone running. I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.
With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.
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.
Several of my critics have said, 'Bowerman just tacks up a piece of paper in the locker room and turns his runners loose.' They're partially right. I do give the athletes a relatively free rein and for good reason. One of my principles is? 'Don't overcoach.'
In war there is no second prize for the runner-up.
The only tactics I admire are do-or-die
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner.
During the election, I had three male opponents and we went into a runoff.
The front runner for the men was a native of Dallas who had run at large before, but I had a higher profile than him from my community service.
All runners are tough. Everyone has to have a little fire in them, that even in tough times, can’t be turned off.
If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now.
Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.
Now I am not running to please sponsors or to be the No.
1 U.S. runner. Now I look at each step I get to take as a gift. I run because I love to run. I want to be able to run until I am 90 years old.
The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.
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.
It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do.
Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner.