Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inspiration When Needed!

You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. -Steve Prefontaine

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." -Steve Prefontaine

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. - Henry David Thoreau

In that he didn't die at the finish line, he could have run faster" - Tim Noakes

"Running is real. It’s all joy and woe, hard as diamond. It makes you weary beyond comprehension, but it also makes you free."

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. ~Jesse Owens

"Enjoy your pain, you've earned it"

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going." - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed." - Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ

"There are people who have no bodies, only heads. And many athletes have no heads, only bodies. A champion is a man who has trained his body and his mind, who has learned to conquer pain for his own purposes. A great athlete is at peace with himself and at peace with the world; he has fulfilled himself. He envies nobody. Wars are caused by people who have not fulfilled themselves." - Coach Sam Dee The Olympian

"Top results are reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain. You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the more you will enjoy your success." - Juha "the Curel Vaatainen

"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." - Emil Zatopek

"Some running is good, more is better, and too much is just enough"

"The only way to define your limits is to go beyond them"

"Remember the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe, is choosing the left one"
"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a Board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough" -Steve Jones

"Run so hard you come in with bloody feet and missing toenails" -Rob Decestella

"Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any" -Anthony Bailey

"Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage" -George Patton

"Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach."- George Sheehan

You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that's in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That's the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough. ~Bill Persons

It is better to wear out one's shoes than one's sheets. - Genoese Proverb

The only competition of a wise man is with himself. -Washington Allston

"I may not be fast, but I sure ain't last."

You can never run a hill too hard, you will collapse before hurting it. -Adam Born

"Every man dies, but not every man really lives." -William Wallace

"There is no satisfaction without a struggle first." -Marty Liquori

"Don't fear moving slowly forward...fear standing still." -Kathleen Harris

"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." -George Sheehan

"If you run hard, there's the pain -- and you've got to work your way through the pain.... You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."- Bob Clarke, NHL Hall of Famer

There will be days when I don't know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have."

Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda

"Mental toughness is only the confidence to go on when you can't move."

I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can't run, what they'd give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.
Running is my medication when I'm down and my celebration when I'm up.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Run the first mile with your legs, the second mile with your mind, and the third mile with your heart."

"Pain is weakness leaving your body" - Marine Corps

"If it were any easier, they might call it football..."

"Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit."

HEART is the difference between those who ATTEMPT and those who ACHIEVE."

"You gain strength, confidence and courage by every experience in which you
really stop to look fear in the face." - ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
It takes a little more persistence to get up and go the distance.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it. You never know when you are going to get hungry. - Yogi Bear

"Pain is temporary; finishing is forever."

"It's not 13.1 miles ... it’s seven water stops."

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

"If you don't feel like you're going to throw up you're not running fast enough. "

Losers look what they are going through. Winners look where they are going to.

What counts in battle is what you do once the pain sets in.

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

"Last is just the slowest winner." - C. Hunter Boyd

"Anybody running beats anybody walking, and anybody walking beats anybody sitting." - Tom Bunk

"The Quitter"When you're lost on the trail with the speed of a snail And defeat looks you straight in the eye and you're needing to sit, your whole being says quit You're certain it's your time to die. But the code of the trail is "move forward don't fail" Though your knees and ego are scarred. All the swelling and pain is just part of the game In the long run it's quitting that's hard! "I'm sick of the pain!" Well, now, that's a shame But you're strong, you're healthy, and bright. So you've had a bad stretch and you're ready to retch, Shoulders back, move forward, and fight. It's the plugging away that will win you the day, Now don't be a loser my friend! So the goal isn't near, why advance to the rear. All struggles eventually end.
It's simple to cry that you’re finished; and die. It's easy to whimper and whine. Move forward and fight, though there's no help in sight You'll soon cross the lost finish line. You'll come out of the black, with the wind at your back, As the clouds start to part; there's the sun. Then you'll know in your heart, as you did at the start. You're not a quitter. You've Won!! - Gene Thibeault

"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic." - Tim Noakes

"The runner need not break four minutes in the mile or four hours in the marathon. It is only necessary that he runs and runs and sometimes suffers. Then one day he will wake up and discover that somewhere along the the way he has begun to see the order and law and love and truth that makes men free." - George Sheehan

"There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win." - Elie Wiesel

"Above all, train hard, eat light, and avoid TV and people with negative attitudes." - Scott Tinley `
"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason

"Some think guts is sprinting at the end of a race. But guts is what got you there to begin with. Guts start back in the hills with 6 miles to go and you're thinking of how you can get out of this race without anyone noticing. Guts begin when you still have forty minutes of torture left and you're already hurting more than you ever remember." - George Sheehan

"I have met my hero, and he is me." - George Sheehan

"I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards." - Alberto Salazar

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The mind learns the body can go at least a bit farther even though it feels increasingly uncomfortable." - Pritikin

""The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"Once that distance had been passed in training, an important physical and psychological threshold had been crossed. It was no longer a question of *if* it could be done. Rather, it became a question of *how fast* it could be done." - Mike Plant

"Self-conquest is the greatest of victories." - Plato

"There is another type of strength. It is being able to extend your energy for a very long distance." - David LaPierre

"If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else." - C.S. Lewis

"Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we will find the way." - Abraham Lincoln

"The only way to be who you want to be is by being what you haven't yet been." - Sally Edwards
"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." - Jerome Drayton

"The purpose of training is to stress the body, so when you rest it will grow stronger and more tolerant of the demands of distant running." - David Costill

"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

"You can't die from a stomach ache. The worst that can happen is that you'll throw up. Then you can eat some more and start running again." - Jack Bristol

"A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or else what's a heaven for?" - Robert Browning

"Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see." - Jimmy Buffett

"Succeeding makes you forget the failures." - Harry Cordellos, blind athlete (2:57 at Boston in 1975)

"No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes." - Don Kardong

When you're afraid of failure you're more likely to do it." - Gordy Ainsleigh

"You can sleep when you die." - Roger Rehwald (seen on a T-shirt)

"As long as you keep making RFM (Relentless Forward Motion), you will finish." - Stacey Page

"Find your limits and exceed them." - Lynn Strickland

"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic." - Tim Noakes

"Decide before the race the conditions that will cause you to stop and drop out. You don't want to be out there saying, Well gee, my leg hurts, I'm a little dehydrated, I'm sleepy, I'm tired, and its cold and windy. And talk yourself into quitting. If you are making a decision based on how you feel at that moment, you will probably make the wrong decision." - Dick Collins

"A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well." - G. K. Chesterton

"If you under-train, you may not finish, but if you over-train, you may not start." - Tom DuBos

"My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already." -Milton Berle

"You're better than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can!" - Ken Chlouber

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self- satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden