Failure is an attempt to success
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
The five S's of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit
Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, but I chose running as my therapy.
Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.
I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before." It's more
then just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better then anyone else. It's being creative.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain't getting them.
There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run.
Everything you need is already inside.
Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived
Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain't easy.
When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there's not really a reason, it's just the adrenalin when you start, and the
feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
Having a true faith is the most difficult thing in the world. Many will try to take it from you.
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Life’s battles don't always go to the strongest or fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who
thinks he can.
Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.
A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into
exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000
meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I loose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can
live with myself.
Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any
Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend
preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their
The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.
Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle!
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The only tactics I admire are do-or-die
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
You can fight without ever winning, but never ever, win without a fight.
I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Good judgement is the result of experience, experience is the result of bad judgment.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has
overcome while trying to succeed.
The will to win is worthless, without the will to prepare.
Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport
"Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!" Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.
If you want to win a race, you have to go a little berserk.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times
of challenge and controversy.
If you want to make God laugh, just try and make plans for the future.
The true test of a man's character is what he does when he knows he won't get caught.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
"No one ever drowned in sweat." "Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a
hard-to-find alloy called guts."
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say 'I have
finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
"Cross Country - Finally a practical use for golf courses."
Some people don't have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.
Cross Country philosophy...the faster you run the faster you're done.
Pain is only temporary, Pride is forever, Pain passes with time and Time passes, therefore Pain is just a strain on the
Brain without Refrain, and that's why Cross Country runners are Insane.
Sunshine is delicious, Rain is refreshing, Wind braces us up, Snow is exhilarating, There's really no such thing as bad
weather, Only different kinds of good weather.
Some people train knowing they’re not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.
Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.
Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you
going to be strong today?'
The gun goes off and everything changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.
Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
To move into the lead means making an act requiring fierceness and confidence. But fear must play some part…no
relaxation is possible, and all discretion is thrown into the wind.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your
personality, and the last part with your heart.
Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.
Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible
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 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.
We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience
something, run a marathon.
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.
The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other,... but to be with each other