When I race my mind is full of doubts - who will finish second, who will finish third? (Nourredine Morcelli)(Not sure if I spelled that correctly!)
"What I want is to be number one." - Steve Prefontaine
"somebody may beat me, but they're going to have to bleed to do it."-Pre
"Racing is life..everything else is just waiting" -Steve McQueen in "LeMans".
Hard work may pay off in the long run, but laziness pays off right now.
"Yes. We. Can." - Barack Obama
"Don't forget to win...."[I understand this saying was coined by Willie Harmatz, but I don't know for sure....]
Also here are some others ones that I really like...."I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -Muhammad Ali"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." -Roger Bannister"Just shut up and run." -Kenrick Sealy
"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." -Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
"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." -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
Don't know if this is original or not but I like this quote from Patricia Ley assistant coach at Gonzaga. "Run for the freedom, the joy and just maybe a place will take care of itself."
Not conventional running quotes, but I think they apply nonetheless. "It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige
Here is one for all you xc fans-“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
Since many of these have been quotes from Prefontane here are a few from his coach Bill Bowerman:"The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles." "There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.""A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils. But while runners differ, basic principles never change. So it's a matter of fitting your current practices to fit the event and the individual. See, what's good for you might not be worth a darn for the next guy."
"Don't look back, leave it all on the track" - Tucker, Stripes' coach in Racing Stripes
The Nike ad "JUST DO IT"
Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one's self. So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it's because they aren't willing to understand, not because they're stronger. Running is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you'll never understand, so just accept.
That's a good one. I may have to "steal" that one.
Don't put a limit on anything.The more you dream the farther you get.- Michael Phelps
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