Quotes on Competition and Opportunity
The gun goes off and everything changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.
Patti Sue Plummer
Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.
The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.
No negative thoughts cross my mind on race day. When I look into their eyes, I know I’m going to beat them.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Quotes on Pain and Pleasure in Running
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.
I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
If you start to feel good during an ultra, don’t worry, you will get over it.
Miscellaneous Running Quotes
I cannot have survival as my only goal. That would be too boring. My goal is to come back in my best running form. It is good for me to have that goal; it will help me.
Ludmila Engquist (Olympic champion hurdler facing cancer)
There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.
The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Cross Country Quotes
The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It’s a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you’re nothing but hoof prints.
The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. Nature.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.
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.
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.
Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when awareness comes, it is excruciating.
There is the truth about the marathon and very few of you have written the truth. Even if I explain to you, you’ll never understand it, you’re outside of it.
Douglas Wakiihuri (speaking to journalists)
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.