Sunday, January 20, 2008

Runner's World Daily Quotes

Like before, I have been collecting the daily Runner's World quotes that I like, and it's time to share! I can personally apply these to many aspects of my life.

"Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete." ~Willie Shoemaker

"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." ~Rosalynn Carter

"If you don't risk anything you risk even more." ~Erica Jong

"Live every week like it's shark week." ~Tracy Jordon

"Nothing's better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you." ~Aaron Douglas Trimble

"During the hard training phase never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest; if you are at all sluggish, rest; in fact, if in doubt, rest." ~Bruce Fordyce (I am learning to obey this rule.)

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~Thomas A. Edison

"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win." ~Carl Lewis

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone." ~Percy Cerutty

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~Mark Twain

"You can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things." ~Ken Kesey

"Spirit...has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle." ~Unknown

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." ~Liane Cardes

"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too." ~Pat Tyson

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." ~George S. Patton

"Run hard, be strong, think big." ~Percy Cerutty

"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals." ~Henry Ford

"The truth is that running hurts." ~Unknown (Oh yes!!!)

"I tell the kids to have 'wide eyes,' to run light as a feather, to get high on their toes, and to dig deep, dig deep, dig deep! Dwell on the positive, but have controlled, passionate anger." ~Pat Tyson

"Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do." ~Percy Cerutty

"The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top." ~Herb Elliott

"To exercise at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching a true introspective state. If you do it right, it can open all kinds of inner doors." ~Al Oerter

"Everyone has limits on the time they can devote to exercise, and cross-training simply gives you the best return on your investment - balanced fitness with minimum injury risk and maximum fun." ~Paula Newby-Fraser

"What a player does best, he should practice least. Practice is for problems." ~Duke Snider

"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit." ~Ken Doherty

"All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else." ~Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed." ~Charles Schulz

"To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away." ~Unknown

"The clock isn't slower; you're just faster." ~Adidas

"Life is short... running makes it seem longer." ~Baron Hansen

"I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for 26 miles." ~Bobbi Gibb

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." ~Bruce Barton (I love that one!!)

"Channel your energy. Focus." ~Carl Lewis

"Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined." ~Carlos Lopes, Portugal

"No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." ~Dr. Dale Turner

"Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately and don't eat like a pig." ~Dr. Ernest van Aaken

"Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant." ~Dr. George Sheehan

"We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon." ~Emil Zatopek

"The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals." ~Hal Higdon

"Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be." ~Dr. George Sheehan (Oh so very true!)

"You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine." ~John Trautmann (for me it is cheaper than jumping out of "perfectly good airplanes")

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." ~Juma Ikangaa


  1. Hey Jes! I'm so glad to find you on here. I have been looking for people to share this triathlon journey with and it looks like you are a "future triathlete" if not already having competed. Anyways, I just signed up for my first one this summer. I'm a little nervous but hopeful that I can actually do it. Thanks for posting these quotes. I NEED inspiration and I love this kind of stuff myself. Where did you find the runners world quotes? is it something I can get online?

  2. These were great!!!

    And Dr. Jes?!?!? SOUNDS AWESOME!! Good for you!!!!!

  3. Hallo from INDIA,
    JUst saw you post, you are one brilliant girl.


  4. i love the shark week quote, totalllllllly true (:


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