Just move your legs. Because if you don't think you were born to run, you're not only denying history; you're denying who you are. Dr. Dennis Bramble
I was intimate with the muscle-searing pain of hills, the lung-rasping panic of track repeats, the gut-twisting ache of a 5K. Those efforts, however, feel self-imposed: an exercise in mind over matter. This particular brand of exhaustion [the marathon wall] feels like it comes from without, a punishment from the gods. Jonathan Beverly
Knowlegde is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle. Indonesian proverb
There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. Bill Bowerman
My philosophy on running is: I don't well on it; I do it. Joan Benoit Samuleson, Gold Medal, first women's Olympic Marathon, 1984

After you run, there's a sense of accomplishment; you feel like your life is meaningful. It's a moment of clarity.

We all need movement and a way to connect with the earth and sky and with each other. What better way to do that than go out for a run?

Sakyong Mipham
Processed foods are engineered to be addictive. unknown reference
There is nothing quite so gentle, deep, and irrational as our running–and nothing quite so savage, and so wild. Bernd Heinrich
So you go through that sorta mental struggle, a physical struggle, and you say jeez....this is really, really, hard.... Bill Rogers, winner New York Marathon: 76, 77, 78, 79, Boston Marathon: 75, 78, 79, 80, Fukuoka 77
I don't like the word 'pain' to describe running. Pain is a completely different thing from being out of your comfort level, which most top runners relish and distinguishes them from less competitive people. I spend more time carefully planning what I would do to combat self-sabotage than I ever did planning a strategy against a rival. Ultimately, the only rival is oneself. Lorraine Moller

Once the mind accepts anything, the body will respond.

As an African, I see the daily struggles by the majority of our people to survive. Running pain is not the most painful: hunger, diseases, torture, etc., are...

Hendrick Ramala
Being a distance runner is about handling pain. If you can't manage pain, you probably won't end up as a distance runner. Kara Goucher
You don't stop running when you get old, you get old when you stop running. Kenneth Cooper, MD, founder of the aerobics movement
Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. The Dalai Lama; Haruki Murakami, What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to. Emil Zatopek
We will run the first 10 miles with our heads, the second 10 miles with our legs, and the last 6.2 with our hearts. Star, Clif Bar Marathon Pace Team member
Anyone can run twenty miles, but only a few can run the marathon. Percy Cerruty
The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret. Anonymous
I run each day so that I do not lose the me I was yesterday and the me I might be tomorrow. George Sheehan
Mind is everything. Muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. Paavo Nurmi, Olympic Runner, 9 gold and 3 silver medals.
Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner. Noel Carroll
It is horrible, and yet fascinating, this struggle between a set purpose and an utterly exhausted frame. Arthur Conan Doyle, after attending the inaugural 1908 Olympic Marathon, including Dorando Pietri's repeated collapses just before the finish line.
Implicit in my daily duties has been the opportunity to explore and define the human potential--not only the length of life but also its quality, its extent, and its content....A fit person of age 70 is biologically similar to an unfit person of 40--this having nothing to do with genes or medical care but due solely to physical conditioning.....An annual marathon...which I now use as my annual physical exam. Who needs an annual physical if you can run a marathon?....The imperative message that all of this hold for the geriatrician, indeed for all doctors, is that as we age, the most important part in our boyd is not our heart or our lungs or our kidneys or even our brains--but our legs. As we keep them moving, the rest of the body pretty well takes care of itself. Dr. Walter Bortz, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Marathon and Beyond, Sep/Oct 2009.
From The Complete Runner's Day-by -Day Log and Calendar 2006. (2006). Marty Jerome. Random House: New York

The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.

George Sheehan

I started running last year because I'd done bicycling, I'd done Pilates, I'd done Yoga, but my backside still looked like a bag of ferrets fighting.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York

The only way you can hurt your body is if you don't use it.

Jack La Lanne, on turning 90

Nothing that I have ever done in my life that is easy has been worth it.

Pam Reed, 2-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater UltraMarathon

The only real failure is the failure to try.

Joan Benoit, winner Boston Marathon, '79, '83, winner of the first Women's Olympic Marathon '84

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.

Frank Shorter, winner Fukuoka Marathon '71-'74, Olympic Marathon 72