Motivational quotes

Apr 7, 2016

You can use these quotes to help motivate you during your training!

“To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.”
-Henri-Frederic Amiel

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”
-Paulo Coelho

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
-Bertrand Russell

"While running, it is rude to count the people you pass out loud."

“We never know how high we are
Til we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.”
-Emily Dickinson

“Like the star,
That shines afar,
Without haste
And without rest,
Let each man wheel with steady sway
Round the task that rules the day,
And do his best.”

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
-Lao Tzu

“The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing… where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows he was meant and made to do.”
-Phillip Brooks

“For all your days prepare.
And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear;
When you are the hammer, strike.”
-Edwin Markham

“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows efffort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.”
-Shelby Steele

"Feel The Fear and
Do It Anyway!"
-book by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

"Keep Calm and Carry On."
-1939 poster to reassure the British public when the Germans were a threat

“My strength was that I was more balanced and calmer than most other riders.”
-Miguel Indurain (tour de France)

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
-Steven Prefontaine

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not through strength but by perseverance.”
-H. Jackson Brown

“Oh do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work will be no miracle; but you shall be the miracle.
Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.”
-Phillips Brooks

“Everything that is full of life loves change,
for the characteristic of life is movement toward a new goal and urges toward new pleasures.”
-Bishop Fulton Sheen

“So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body.”
-Ecclesiastes 11:10

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”

“A Man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time, pills or stairs.”
-Joan Welsh

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”

“If you want to touch the other shore badly enough, barring an impossible situation, you will. If your desire is diluted for any reason, you’ll never make it.”
-Diana Nyad, who swam 102.5 miles between Bahamas and Jupiter, FL for a world distance record.

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”
-Walter Cronkite

“It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. Its the will to prepare to win that matters.”
-Paul “Bear” Bryant

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”
-Stevie Wonder

“The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.”

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

“Competition is the spice of sports;
but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick.”
-George Leonard

“You have brains in your head,
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself,
any direction you choose.”
-Dr. Seuss

“Man’s mind once stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

“You’ve got to think about 'big things' while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
-Alvin Toffler

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your
-Henry Ford

“Continuous effort– not strength or intelligence– is the key to unlocking our potential.”
-Liane Cardes

“No one knows what he can do till he tries.”
-Pubillius Syrus, Roman writer 100 B.C.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”
-Leonard I. Sweet

“Only a mediocre person is always at his best.”
-Somerset Maughan

“There’s nothing wrong with setting goals, but it doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t pay attention to the day-to-day details.”
-Don Shula, Coach, Miami Dolphins

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we hit it.”
-Tim Timmons

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
-Lou Holtz

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
-Mark Twain

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t.”
-Richard Bach

“Be like a postage stamp…stick to one thing until you get there.”
-Josh Billings (check out The Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon!)

“There is no finish line.”
-Nike Corporation Motto

At 10 minutes to seven on a dark, cool evening in Mexico City in 1968, John Stephen Akwari of Tanzania painfully hobbled into the Olympic Stadium–the last man to finish the marathon. The winner had already been crowned, and the victory ceremony was long finished. So the stadium was almost empty and Akwari-alone, his leg bloody and bandaged-struggled to circle the track to the finish line.
When asked why he had continued the grueling struggle, the young man from Tanzania answered softly: “My country did not send me 9,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 9,000 miles to finish the race.”
-”The Confidence Course” by Walter Anderson

“Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”
-Jack London

“The body is telling the mind to stop. The mind is telling the body to shut up.”
-Lance Armstrong, 1994 AD

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
-Henry Ford

“Triumph—Umph added to Tri”

“The determination in your heroic effort
Will permeate your mind and heart
Even after your success or failure
is long forgotten.”
-Sri Chinmoy

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”
-Chinese proverb

“Everybody wants to know what I am on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, busting my ass, six hours a day. What are you on?”
-Lance Armstrong

“Exercise is for people who can’t handle drugs and alcohol.”
-Lily Tomlin

“It’s a whole lot more satisfying to reach for the stars, even if you end up landing only on the moon.”
-Kermit the Frog

“Some give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.”

“The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.”

“Twenty seconds before a race, there’s absolute focus. The key thing is to achieve relaxation, but at the same to have absolute total control. You’ve got to find the balance between being totally ready to go and being really at peace with yourself as well.”
-Cathy Freeman (2000 Olympic gold medalist)

“Mind is everything: muscle—pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.”
-Paavo Nurmi (Finnish, 9 gold & 3 silver Olympic metals)

“This is about doing something difficult and not stopping when it becomes not just difficult, but cold and difficult…or cold and wet and difficult…or cold and wet and dark and difficult.”
-Suzy Hamilton (began running at age 9, member of the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams)

“The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.”
-Karen Bliss Livingston (Elite road racer, captain of the Saturn cycling team)

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
-Mike Ditka

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.”
-Lou Holtz

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
-Darrell Royal

“What I’ve learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this—what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead, it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.”
-Linda Mastandrea

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
-George Halas

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“Be patient with everyone, but above all with thyself. I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.”
-St. Francis De Sales

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”
-Hershel Walker

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”
-Steve Young (football hall of fame)

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know so it goes on flying anyway.”
-Mary Kay Ash

“But the fact is that I wouldn’t have won even a single Tour de France without the lesson of illness. What it teaches is this: pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
-Lance Armstrong

“I’d rather have more heart than talent any day.”
-Alen Iverson (NBA-MVP of the Philadelphia 76ers)

“There are only two options regarding commitment…You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.”

“What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.”
-Stanley Kunitz

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.”
-Arab Proverb

“Courage is being scared to death-but saddling up anyway.”
-John Wayne

“Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.”
-Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

“Desire creates the power.”
-Raymond Holliwell

“What worries you masters you.”
-Haddon W. Robinson

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself!”
-George Bernard Shaw

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”
-Walter Cronkite

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
-Elbert Hubbard

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the thing you want to see happen.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
-John Quincy Adams

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
-Harvey Mackay (motivational speaker)

“If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it.”

“Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.”
-John Wesley

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
-T.S. Elliot

“The vision of a champion is a guy who is bent over, gasping for breath, dripping in sweat, when no one is watching.”

“To tri is to risk failure, not to tri is to guarantee it!”
-from unknown author

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process–what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands–those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion.
-Silken Laumann (Canadian Olympian)

“When others think you can’t…You Believe!
When you get down…You Believe!
When you are taking on water trying to conquer the swim…You Believe!
When you are trying to make that first milestone jogging and your lungs are about to explode…You Believe!
When your legs are burning and you just don’t want to pedal your bike anymore…You Believe!
When you don’t want to get out of bed on a cold rain drenched morning…You Believe!
Bottom line…You Believe!
-Michael Pate-author and Clydesdale Triathlete

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.”
-Muhammad Ali

“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.”
-Vince McConnell (athletic preparation specialist)

“Be patient and tough, some day this pain will be useful to you.”

“Everybody is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.”
-Lou Holtz (motivational speaker)

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.”
-Napoleon Hill

The only easy day was yesterday!
-USN SEAL HQ motto

“Courage means being afraid to do something, but still doing it.”
-Knute Rockne

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen”

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”
-Thomas Carlyle

“If not you, who? If not now, when?”
-Garry Herbert
(Olympic gold winner)

“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
-Vince Lombardi

“A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself.”
-Jim Valvano (basketball player and coach)

“It doesn’t take much to say `I quit. ` It takes a lot more to say I’ll try.”
-Thelma Wright

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
-Albert Einstein

“Most people have a desire to look at the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.”
-John C. Maxwell

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
-Colin Powell

“Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depend on us.”
-Thomas L. Holdcroft

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
-Beverly Sills

“Mind is everything: muscle-pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.”
-Paavo Nurmi (won 9 gold and silver Olympic metals for Finland)

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
-Sir Winston Churchill

“To reach your goals in life, you’ve got to bridge the 12″ gaps between your head, your heart and your gut.”
-Grant M. Bright

“It does not matter how slowly you do so long as you do not stop.”

“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.”
-Michael Johnson

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”
-J.F. Kennedy

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
-George Washington

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Road to Success is always under construction.

“What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all”
-Charles Lindbergh

“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”
-Ken Doherty (Olympic decathlon competitor)

“Winners Train, Losers Complain.”

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
-Pat Riley

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear.”
-Mark Twain

“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
-Leo Burnett

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered.
No one was there.
-inscription on an ancient mantelpiece in
Hind’s Head Hotel, Bray, England

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
-Vince Lombardi

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.”
-Phyllis Bottome

“Genius is the capacity for taking pains.”

“Eve” the Mother of Progress:

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.”
-Anthony J. D’Angelo

“It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired–you quit when the gorilla is tired.”-Robert Strauss

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
-Steven Prefontaine

“I have met my hero, and he is me.”
-George Sheehan (runner, cardiologist, writer)

“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.”
-Kurt Hahn
Kurt Hahn was one of the founders of Outward Bound

Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.
- unknown

“Success is dependent upon the glands….sweat glands”
-Zig Ziglar

“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.”
-Ann Trason
Ann Trason is an ultra marathon runner…winner of 20 various world records

“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”
-Emil Zatopek
Emil is best known for winning 3 golds in the 1952 Olympics in distance running events. Known as the greatest runner of the 20th century and for “brutally tough training techniques”

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins or finishes is the man who thinks he can.” -Vince Lombardi

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” -Deepak Chopra

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
-Miyazawa Kenji

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
-Walt Disney

“Well done is better than well said.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
-Charles Swindoll

“Train, don’t strain.”
-Arthur Lydiard

“The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else.”
-Roy L. Smith
“How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.”
-Paul Cousins

“I will always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, AZ. It says: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have-when he gives everything that is in him to the job he has before him.”
-Harry S. Truman

“The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
-Robert Frost

LOW SELF-ESTEEM: Like driving through life with your hand-break on.
“I say…GET COCKY!”
-Nancy Washmuth

“Try? There is no try. There is only do or not do.”
-Yoda, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back

Fifteen childhood characteristics that sometimes get lost in adults:
1. Seek out things that are fun to do
2. Jump from one interest to another
3. Curious, eager to try new things
4. Smile and laugh a lot
5. Experience and express emotions freely
6. Creative and Innovative
7. Physically active
8. Constantly growing mentally and physically
9. Risk often–are not afraid to keep trying something that they aren’t initially
good at and aren’t afraid to fail
10. Rest when their body tells them to
11. Learn enthusiastically
12. Dream and imagine
13. Believe in the impossible
14. Generally don’t worry about things
15. Passionate
–Ann McGee-Cooper-”You Don’t Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted!”

There are three horses that have never come in win, place, or even show. Their names are Coulda, Woulda, and Shoulda.

It isn’t whom you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you are not.

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”
-Mary Shelley

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
-Jim Ryun

I can make you rise of fall.
I can make you a success or failure.
I can work for or against you.
I control your feelings and actions.
I can make your heart sing with happiness.
I can make you wretched, dejected, or morbid.
I can make you angry and resentful.
I can make you lonely, discouraged or depressed.
I can make you sick, listless.
I can be a shackle, heavy and burdensome.
I can be a prism’s hue, dancing bright and colorful.
I can be nurtured and grown to be beautiful.
I can never be removed, only replaced.

“Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities.
Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.”
-Swami Vivekananda (brought Yoga to Europe & America)

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture…Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
-Norman Vicent Peale

“Indolence is a delightful but distressful state; we must be doing something to be happy.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Martin Luther King

“Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat.”
-Marshal Suvorov, famous Russian general

“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.”

“Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary.”
-Marty Liquori (He has run sub 4 minute miles!)

I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream!
-Vincent Van Gough

Keep adding little by little and it will become a big heap.
-Hesoid–700 BC

Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all better than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re, stronger, taller, smarter, luckier and they have more experience. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.
-Neil Simon

Can you have more than one MAJOR MISSION pervading your life? NO. That would be like coming to a fork in the road and trying to go both ways by straddling it.
-Charles Garfield

The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.

Without deviation from the norm, progress in not possible.
-Frank Zappa


Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. -Helen Keller

Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
-Tim Timmons

Ten Rules of Persistence
1. Fall seven times. Stand up eight. (Japanese Proverb)
2. See failure as just another way of doing something.
3. Know that there are no shortcuts to success.
4. Never quit.
5. Want to succeed? Double your failure rate. (Thomas Watson)
6. Slow and steady wins the race. (Aesop)
7. Never try to look back and move forward at the same time.
8. Don’t argue for your limitations; you’ll get to keep them. (Richard Bach)
9. Be opportunity-minded.
10. Try one more time.

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
-Babe Ruth

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best gift you can give yourself is the gift of possibility.
-Paul Newman

A life of unremitting caution, without the carefree–or even, occasionally, the careless–may turn out to be half a life.
-Anna Quindlen

Commencement address by Sir Winston Churchill at a graduation ceremony: “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never.”…this was his entire speech.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
-Calvin Coolidge

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
-Mark Twain

“LIFE BEGINS EACH MORNING: Whether one is twenty, forty, sixty, or eighty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along – Life Begins Each Morning! Life is a day, this day. All past days are gone beyond revisiting. All days that still may come are veiled in mystery. Each new day is Life, and life begins anew with it. Each night of life is a wall between today and the past. Each morning is the open door to a new world – new vistas, new aims, new plans, new thoughts The greatest fact in life is this, that it never is too late to start again. Biography simply overflows with inspiring examples of this truth. However discouraging your days may have been, keep this thought burning brightly in your mind Life Begins Each Morning!”
-L.M. Hodges

“Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.”
-A.E. Hotchner

The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore…Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over these things that seem impossible…It is with an IRON will that they embark on the most daring of all meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.
-Ferdinand Magellan

Do the things you fear and the death of fear is certain.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret…Take Your Choice.

Practice does not make perfect only perfect practice makes perfect.
-Vince Lombardi

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Anonymous

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William W. Ward

The only easy day was yesterday – USN SEAL HQ motto

“Jogging through the forest is pleasant, as is relaxing by the fire with a glass of gentle Bordeaux and discussing one’s travels. Racing is another matter. The frontrunner’s mind is filled with an anguished fearfulness, a panic, which drives into pain.” – Kenny Moore

“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” – Anonymous

“Significant problems you face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

“We can blaze! Become legends in our own time, strike fear in the heart of mediocre talent everywhere! We can scald dogs, put records out of reach! Make the stands gasp as we blow into an unearthly kick from three hundred yards out! We can become God’s own messengers delivering the dreaded scrolls! We can race dark Satan himself till he wheezes fiery cinders down the back straightaway! They’ll speak our names in hushed tones,’Those guys are animals’ they’ll say! We can lay it on the line, bust a gut, show them a clean pair of heels. We can sprint the turn on a spring breeze and feel the winter leave our feet!” – John L. Parker, Jr.

“You never fail, you simply produce results. Learn from these.” – Anonymous

“Enjoy your pain, you’ve earned it.” – Anonymous

“Winner’s don’t do different things. Winners do things differently.” – Anonymous

“To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away.” – Anonymous

“We will go to the moon. We will go to the moon and do other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.” – John F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.” -Michael Johnson’s trainer

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners” – William Shakespeare

“Good judgment is the result of experience and experience is the result of bad judgment.” – Anonymous

“The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them.” – Anonymous
“Excess, upon occasion can be exhilarating, because it prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” – Somerset Maugham

“Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.” – Anonymous

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years that they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” – T. Alan Armstrong

“A certain amount of opposition can be of great help to a man- Kites rise against, not with the wind.” – John Neal

“Obstacles are those freightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” – Henry Ford

“Remember, the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe, is choosing the left one.” – High school coach to his runners

“The man in the arena… who at best knows the triumphs of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – President Teddy Roosevelt

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

“He’s a well-balanced athlete; he has a chip on both shoulders.” – Derek Redmond, on Linford Christie

“The will to run is not as nearly as important as the will to prepare.” – Anonymous

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – President Teddy Roosevelt

“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” – Tom Fleming

“Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me.” – Said Aouita

“It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.” – Brooks Johnson

“Perseverance: is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott

“Superficial goals lead to superficial results.” – Attila the Hun

“Belief is the thermoststat that regulates all success.” – Anonymous

“People can’t understand why a man runs. They don’t see any sport in it, argue that it lacks the sight-thrill of body contact, the color of rough conflict. Yet the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. In track it is man against himself, the cruelest of all opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies deep within him, in his ability, with brain and heart, to control and master himself and his emotions.” – Glenn Cunningham

“More sweat in training, less blood in battle” – sign over a PT field at Ft. Benning, GA

“Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.” – Dr. George Sheehan

“I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.” – Steve Jones

“Some running is good, more is better, and too much is just enough.” – Anonymous

“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

“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.” – Ann Trason

“The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.” – Herb Elliot

“If you race merely for the tributes from others, you will be at the mercy of their expectations.” – Scott Tinley

“If you start to feel good during an ultra, dont’ worry you will get over it.” – Gene Thibeault

“Start slow, then taper off.” – Walt Stack

“DO or DO NOT. There is no TRY” – Jedi Master Yoda (Star Wars)

“One cannot consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

“Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat.” – Russian General Marshal Suvorov

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Live clean and train hard.” – JoeDom

“Train to near death, rest, repeat.” – Anonymous on RST

“If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek

“The marathon can humble you.” – Bill Rodgers

“If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want. Why? Because: (a) You’ll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.” – Don Kardong