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1. “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” -Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

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

3. “It’s the one thing that’s mine. My runs everyday are my thing. It’s my therapy, my hour to myself. Nobody can really take it away from me… It’s such a huge part of me. I love to say that I’m a runner”. Summer Sanders, Olympic gold-medalist in swimming

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

5. “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

6. “If someone says, ‘Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?’ ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?…. The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles. – Bill Bowerman

7. “I like to say, and I truly believe, that every run brings new experiences. You just don’t know what they might be until you actually do the run. That’s one of my major reasons for pushing out the front door as often as I do—the adventure of it all”. Amby Burfoot

8. “I’ve always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners.“
 Sebastian Coe

9. “There’s no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It’s all about heart.” Bear Grylls, Host of Man vs. Wild

10. “Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason.” One of New Balance’s Top 10 Reasons to Run a Marathon

11. “It doesn’t matter what your age is, if you put the time in, you’re going to get out what you put into it. I strongly believe that. I feel that good things will happen if you work hard.” Sheri Piers, who set her marathon best of 2:37:04 at age 37

12. “The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average.” One of New Balance’s Top 10 Reasons to Run a Marathon

13. “Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running”. Julie Isphording, retired American long distance runner

14. “Be positive, ignore the critic, follow your heart, invest in your passions, believe in your dreams & get busy making them reality”. Josh Cox, U.S. 50-K record holder

15.  “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race; it’s to test the limits of the human heart”. Bill Bowerman, Co-founder of Nike, Inc.

16.  “There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run”. Ben Logsdon

17. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Muhammad Ali

18.” If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.” Robert Pirsig

19.” Anyone can run 20 miles, but it’s the next 6 that count. ” Barry Magee

20.”Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get.” Joe Catalano

21.  “A lifestyle change begins with a vision and a single step”. Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and author

22. “To keep from decaying, 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.” Dr. George Sheehan.

23. “The thinking must be done first before the training begins”

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