Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is some of us are training and some are not.
Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.
Fitness is a stage you pass through on the way to becoming a runner.
Fitness has to be fun. If it isn't, there will be no fitness. Play is the process. Fitness is merely the product.
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
I have met my hero, and he is me.
If your morning pulse rate is up 10 or more beats above your average, then you haven't recovered from the previous day's training. Take time off or back off until it returns to normal.
If you want to win anything- a race, yourself, your life- you have to go a little berserk
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.
Life is the great experiment. Each of us is an experiment of one - observer and subject - making choices, living with them, recording the effects.
Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
People begin running for any number of motives, but we stick to it for one basic reason-to find out who we really are.
Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: Do the best with what you've got.
The desire to run comes from deep within us - from the unconscious, the
instinctive, the intuitive.
The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.
The philosophy of running is the philosophy of holism...to function as you are supposed to function, to achieve your personal best.
The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body.
The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.
There are as many reasons for running as there are days in a year, years in a life. But 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.
There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.Live Now!
There will never be a day when we won't need dedication,descipline,energy,and the felling that we
To ask that we show respect is not only attainable,it helps us attain our own happiness as well.
To be a winner, the athlete must accept pain ——not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.
To know that you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.
To make your life a work of art, you must have the material to work with.
The race, any race, is just such an experience.
We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely… change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.
Why run a race? You race to test yourself, for the ritual, the camaraderie,and for the adventure and discovery.
You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.
Your body is always trying to tell you where you are. Beware when you become tired and listless, when you lose interest in workouts and approach them as a chore rather than a pleasure.