“There is a calmness and focus running brings, and it’s not just beneficial for physical health, but mental health too. Stick with it and it can change your life.” – Sadiq Khan, runner and mayor of London.
“If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in a equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.” – Robert Pirsig, author and philosopher.
“We run because it makes us feel like winners, no matter how slow or how fast we go.”
—Florence Griffith Joyner and John Hanc, Running for Dummies.
“I believe in aging. And aging in a badass way.”
—Sarah Lesko, runner and family doctor.
“There is nothing quite so gentle, deep, and irrational as our running—and nothing quite so savage, and so wild.”
—Bernd Heinrich, biologist, author and runner.
“Everyone’s an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.”
—Dr. George Sheehan, physician, author, and runner.
“Long distance running is like business. Training in the last quarter is what is important; history is history, which the mind and body soon forget.”
“Smiling helps de-stress — it is a simple tool we have been blessed with but one we don’t use adequately. We mistakenly think that the world will collapse if we don’t remain absolutely serious about life!”
“… if you are a regular marathoner and run two to three marathons a year evenly spaced out and take a three-month break from running, you need to resume your training on the ground floor of the training schedule. Do not try to start from where you left off, even if you have been an active cyclist or swimmer during the gap period. Each sport uses different muscles and needs a different focus.”
“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 reach 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.