Quotes for
the Journey:

Running

   
  

It's a treat being a runner, out in
the world by yourself with not
a soul to make you bad-tempered
or tell you what to do.

Alan Sillitoe

   

Running 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.     -Arthur Blank
   
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.     -Bart Yasso
    
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.     -Jim Fixx
   
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.     -Priscilla Welch
   
Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move.  We were meant to run. It's the easiest sport.     -Bill Rodgers
   
The 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.     -Courtney Parsons
   
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.     -John Bingham
   
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.     -Haruki Murakami
   
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
  
That 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 Man.

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 always known.

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.
  

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