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  • All it takes is all you got. -Marc Davis
  • Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body. Lynn Jennings
  • It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse. -Ann Trason
  • I am now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson. Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics
  • A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.
  • The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. -Roger Bannister
  • No one ever drowned in sweat.
  • If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise. - P.Z. Pearce
  • Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about. - PattiSue Plummer, U.S. Olympian
  • Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. -William Faulkner
  • You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming. - Frank Shorter
  • Most mistakes in a race are made in the first two minutes, perhaps in the very first minute. - Jack Daniels, Exercise Physiologist and Coach
  • Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best. Michael Johnson
  • The only one who can beat me is me. Michael Johnson
  • To win means nothing without the will to prepare.
  • Real athletes run, others just play games!
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker T. Washington
  • Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself. - Shannon Miller
  • “A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
  • But sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.”
  • It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
  • Hills are speedwork in disguise. - Frank Shorter
  • You must persevere! -Coach Springstead
  • If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. - Unknown
  • Why aren't you signed up for the 401K? I'd never be able to run that far. - Scott Adams, Dilbert (4/2/01)
  • Run like hell and get the agony over with. - Clarence DeMar
  • “Life’s battles don't always go to the strongest or fastest man,
  • “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
  • I've always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners. - Sebastian Coe
  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars. -Les Brown
  • “Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
  • To win without risk is to triumph without glory.-Pierre Cornielle
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts. Steve Prefontaine
  • There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be. - George Sheehan
  • Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body. -Lynn Jennings 
  • The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank. - George Sheehan
  • The five S's of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit. -Ken Doherty
  • It was not perfect but I'm very happy. It could have been better, but I'm now looking forward to my second race of the season. Usain Bolt
  • Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. Oprah Winfrey
  • 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
  • Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
  • The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do.
  • Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, I've never seen anyone run like that before." It's more then just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better then anyone else. It's being creative."
  • The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at. Jesse Owens
  • The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you. - Unknown
  • “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
  • 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
  • There will come a point in the race, when you alone will need to decide. You will need to make a choice. Do you really want it? You will need to decide. - Rolf Arands
  • Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. -Lowell Thomas
  • Mind is everything: muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. Paavo Nurmi
  • You can fight without ever winning, but never ever, win without a fight.
  • My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: "Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus. Carl Lewis
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius
  • 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. - Nike
  • Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any -Anthony Bailey
  • 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.
  • Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. -Dan Gable
  • Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers
  • Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!
  • Aspire to be great instead of good, aspire to be remembered instead of forgotten, aspire to accompish what others have and have not done, aspire to be yourself and nothing else for when you strive to be yourself everything is limitless because you are not holding yourself to the limits of others. - Troy Streacker
  • To be number one, you have to train like you're number two. Maurice Greene
  • The only time hard work beats talent is when talent doesn't work hard.
  • Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving. - Maurice Greene
  • 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
  • My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet. Edwin Moses
  • Pain is nature's way of telling you that you are still alive.
  • You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don't run and never will...those who run but don't race...those who started training for a race but didn't carry through...those who got to the starting line but didn't get to the finish line...those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You're still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you've outlasted. - Joe Henderson
  • Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
  • If you can beat 50 guys, why beat only 49? -Coach Springstead
  • “You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”
  • To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. -Steve Prefontaine
  • Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. - Oprah Winfrey
  • 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 got to make the mind take over and keep going. - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian
  • My sport is your team's punishment.
  • The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. - Erma Bombeck
  • We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. - Will Rogers
  • All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired. -Brendan Foster 
  • I'm going to go and leave my blood all over the track. -Nick Rogers 
  • 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 
  • There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. -Bill Bowerman 
  • It's a play in four acts. -John Landy 
  • I don’t train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day. -Jack Foster 
  • Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle! -Sebastian Coe