a treat being a runner, out in
the world by yourself with not
soul to make you bad-tempered
or tell you what to
is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in
your last race or about how many miles you ran last week.
It is, in a much more important way, about community,
about appreciating all the miles run by other runners,
too. -Richard O'Brien
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.
I often hear
someone say I'm not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run
faster than others. I never met a fake runner.
Play not only
keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative
seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to
do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.
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.
be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It's the
easiest sport. -Bill Rodgers
miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the
courage to start. -John Bingham
What distinguishes those of
us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn
through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow
us, and what our will can tolerate. -John Bingham
Running long and hard is an
ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself
at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clear-headedness that
follow a long run. -Monte Davis
Everyone who has run knows
that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a
release from whatever other cares the day may
bring. -Jimmy Carter
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
Running to him was real; the
way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe,
hard as a diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also
made him free. -John L. Parker Jr.
Running! If there's any
activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I
can't think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body,
the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in
rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.
-Joyce Carol Oates
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 you got.
It was being a runner that
mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of
running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better
chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else.
We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good
as where we'd like to be. That's not to say that you need to be satisfied
forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you've
accomplished, rather than thinking of what's left to be done.
People sometimes sneer at
those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer.
But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not
because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to
the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to
live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe
running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your
individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life
— and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.
I run to breathe the fresh
air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run to savor
the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little
more intense. I like that. -Dean Karnazes
was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they'd never forgotten what
it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was
mankind's first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.
Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms
on hollow trees, we were perfecting the art of combining our
breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild
terrain. And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave
paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash,
lightning bolts through the bottom and middle--behold, the Running
Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was
the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You
ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and
impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life
together. You had to love running, or you wouldn't live to love
anything else. And like everything else we love--everything we
sentimentally call our 'passions' and 'desires'--it's really an
encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born
because we run. We're all Running People, as the Tarahumara have
Christopher McDougall Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes,
and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
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When it's pouring rain and you're bowling
along through the wet, there's satisfaction in knowing you're out
there and the others aren't. -Peter Snell
Elite runners are
genetically gifted, sure, but without intense training, those
gifts are wasted. Their training creates a strong work ethic that
leaves humility in its wake. There are no short cuts in
marathoning, so anyone who is a marathoner has worked hard.
Jeff Horowitz, My First 100 Marathons
Running cleared the day's cobwebs from my mind and focused my
thinking, and gave me time and space to sort out anything that was
bothering me, or to detach and think of nothing at all.