Inspirational Quotes

On Teamwork:
"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results."

On Training
"Few of us know what we are capable of doing... we have never pushed ourselves hard enough to find out."
        - Alfred A. Montapert

"There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."
        - Bill Bowerman

"Each day you don't practice is one more day you have to practice to get better."

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
        - Juma Ikangaa, Tanzania

"Good things come slow - especially in distance running."
        - Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach

"All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired."
        - Brendan Foster

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"
        - Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian

"Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
        - Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon training sign on his wall

"I don't train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day."
        - Jack Foster

"The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat."
        - Bill Squires

"Dead tired. Dog tired. Sore as hell…"
        - Entries from Laura Mykytok's training diary

On Competition
"Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine."
        - John Trautmann

"Grind it out. Hanging on just one second longer than your competition makes you the winner."

"If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record."

"The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts."
        - John Landy

"I wanted to run my race. I didn't want to sit there and play games and see who could kick the hardest. I wanted it to be a race."
        - Marla Runyan, Olympian

"I'm going to go and leave my blood all over the track."
        - Nick Rogers, Olympian (at the trials finished third in the 5,000 taking the race away from the kickers by grabbing the lead with a mile to go and forcing the pace). Met the Olympic "A" standard with a PR of 13:18:50 in his first European track race (14th fastest ever by an American runner).

"Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished."
        - Jack Lovelock

"Fear is the strongest driving-force in competition. Not fear of one's opponent, but of the skill and high standard which he represents; fear too, of not acquitting oneself well. In the achievement of greater performances, of beating formidable rivals, the athlete defeats fear and conquers himself."
        - Franz Stampfl, Stampfl on Running

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
        - PattiSue Plummer, U.S. Olympian

"The pride you gain is worth the pain."
        - Dennis Ogilvie

"The problem with big kickers is they often lose to other big kickers."
        - Harry Groves, Penn State coach

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body."
        - Lynn Jennings

"The idea that you can't lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved."
        - Arthur Lydiard

"Eleven stupid men."
        - An observer's comment when the Barcelona Olympic 1500 started out at a
           very slow pace. Twelve runners comprised the final.

"Anyone can run 100 meters. . . . It's the next 4900 that count!"

On Running
"Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner. He learns the harsh reality of his physical and mental limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitment, sacrifice and determination are his only means to betterment. Runners only get promoted through self-conquest."
        - Noel Carroll

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
        - Oprah Winfrey

"I like running, because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain—and you've got to work your way though the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and "Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."
        - Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Famer

On Running Hills
"Hills are speedwork in disguise."
        - Frank Shorter

"Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger."
        - Eamonn Coghlan

"All that running and exercise can do for you is make you healthy."
        - Denny McLain, two-time Cy Young award winner for the Detroit Tigers

"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

"The experts are always telling us to 'Listen to your body! But if I listened to my body, I'd live on toffee pops and port wine. Don't tell me to listen to my body ... It's trying to turn me into a blob."
        - Roger Robinson, New Zealand master's runner

"Listen to my body? If I was listening to my body right now I would be home in bed eating a danish and reading the funnies."
        - Overheard at the 1991 San Antonio Marathon

"We run for everyone who can't. I suppose that means you!"
        - Slogan on the shirt of a Cross Country runner

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