Quotes for Runners


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Want to be the best you can be? You've got to think it to win it! Contact John Ellsworth, Master Mental Game Coach and Sports Psychology Consultant. ProtexSports.com

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Quotes for Runners

  1. 1. John Ellsworth, MA • Protex Sports (www.protexsports.com) Quotes for RunnersCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 1
  2. 2. "The will to win means nothing "The body does not want you to dowithout the will to prepare." this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You - Juma Ikangaa, Tanzania 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"Running is a big question mark thats Marathon champthere each and every day. It asks you,Are you going to be a wimp or areyou going to be strong today?" "There are people who have no bodies, only heads. And many - Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian athletes have no heads, only bodies. A Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner 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"Dream barriers look very high until people who have not fulfilledsomeone climbs them. They are not themselves."barriers anymore." - Coach Sam Dee The Olympian - Lasse Viren 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"Mind is everything: muscle - pieces of artist and a saint. So, too, are you.rubber. All that I am, I am because of Find your own play, your own self-my mind." renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be. - Paavo Nurmi ~George SheehanCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 2
  3. 3. There is an itch in runners. ~Arnold Hano You’ve got to say, "I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it." It’s called perseverance."I always loved running...it wassomething you could do by yourself, Lee J. Iacoccaand under your own power. You couldgo in any direction, fast or slow as youwanted, fighting the wind if you feltlike it, seeking out new sights just onthe strength of your feet and the "We are what we repeatedly do.courage of your lungs." Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." Jesse Owens Aristotle"The woods are lovely dark and deep, "I have no control over how fast mybut I have promises to keep, and miles opposition can run. Its not like I canto go before I sleep, and miles to go tackle them. All I can do is workbefore I sleep." harder. Smarter. Train when my opposition doesnt. In blood-chilling temperatures. Rain. Wind. Sleet." Robert FrostWe are different, in essence, fromother men. If you want to win “Dare to be remarkable."something, run 100 meters. If youwant to experience something, run amarathon. Jane Gentry Emil ZatopekCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 3
  4. 4. Some people create with words, or Tough times dont last but toughwith music, or with a brush and people do.paints. I like to make somethingbeautiful when I run. I like to make - A.C. Greenpeople stop and say, "Ive never seenanyone run like that before." Its morethen just a race, its a style. Its doingsomething better then anyone else.Its being creative. Some individuals dream of great accomplishments, while others stay -Steve Prefontaine awake and do them. ~ Beth LukensTo give anything less than your best isto sacrifice The Gift. -Steve Prefontaine Its 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 thatFew of us know what we are capable wants you to quit.of doing... we have never pushed - George Sheehanourselves hard enough to find out. - Alfred A. Montapert You have to wonder at times what youre doing out there. Over the years, Ive given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it alwaysThe pride you gain is worth the pain. comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. - Dennis Ogilvie - Steve PrefontaineMental will is a muscle that needsexercise, just like muscles of the body. - Lynn JenningsCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 4
  5. 5. People cant understand why a man Anybody can do just about anythingruns. They dont see any sport in it. with himself that he really wants toArgue it lacks the sight and thrill of and makes up his mind to do. We arebody contact. Yet, the conflict is capable of greater things than wethere, more raw and challenging than realize.any man versus man competition. Forin running it is man against himself, --Norman Vincent Pealethe cruelest of opponents.The other runners are not the real Bid me run, and I will strive withenemies. His adversary lies within things impossible.him, in his ability, with brain and heartto master himself and his emotions. -Shakespeare, in Julius Caesar Glenn Cunningham Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on yourWe run, not because we think it is spirit, which fortunately functionsdoing us good, but because we enjoy it independently of logic.and cannot help ourselves...The more Tim Noakesrestricted our society and workbecome, the more necessary it will beto find some outlet for this craving forfreedom. No one can say, You must You only ever grow as a human beingnot run faster than this, or jump if youre outside your comfort zonehigher than that. The human spirit isindomitable. -Percy Cerutty - Sir Roger Bannister Explore your limits and get to know yourself. Youll never feel more real than after the hardest workout, theA race is a work of art that people can longest run, the toughest week, or thelook at and be affected in as many best race of your life. Constantlyways as theyre capable of make your own standards tougher.understanding. -Luke Watson - Steve PrefontaineCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 5
  6. 6. You gain strength, courage, andconfidence by every experience inwhich you really stop to look fear inthe face. You must do the thing whichyou cannot do. -Eleanor RooseveltLife is not having and getting, butbeing and becoming. –Mathew ArnoldThe greater the obstacle, the moreglory in overcoming it. —MoliereCopyright© 2011 by Protex Sports, LLC www.protexsports.com Page 6