Inspirational Quotes

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.  If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that.  Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running…” Murakami

“I’m not a human.  I’m a piece of machinery.  I don’t need to feel a thing.  Just forge on ahead.”  Murakami

“Experience has taught me this: You’ve done everything you needed to do, and there’s no sense in rehashing it.  All you can do now is wait for the race.” Murakami

“There’s one thing, though, I can state with confidence: until the feeling that i’ve done a good job in a race returns, I’m going to keep running marathons, and not let it get me down.  Even when I grow old and feeble, when people warn me it’s time to throw in the towel, I won’t care.  As long as my body allows, i’ll keep on running.”  Murakami

“Running is all about pushing your body that little bit further.  That extra inch.  Your body can do certain things comfortably, but to win, you need to go beyond that.  And it’s not easy.  That last sprint?  Take it from me -it’s a lot harder than it looks.  Some people think I just flick a switch in my brain that says “Run” and up my pace.  It’s not like that.  It comes down to effort.  As i’m piling down that home straight, I have to dig really deep.  At that point, the pain is nearly overwhelming.  My legs? Completely gone.  All I can think about is holding my stride.  Keep going. Don’t stop.  Hold it for a few seconds more.  Then the pain is over.  You work in training so that when you’re out there on the track, you’re prepared for the big hurt.” Mo Farah

“I believe that talent can get you to a certain distance – maybe halfway to where you want to be.  Then you start thinking, ‘Hey, I don’t need to put in that much effort.’ Wrong. Unless you work hard, your talent will slowly start to fade away.  You might not see it at first, but one day you’ll be doing a race, when someone with less talent suddenly shoots past you on the home straight.” Mo Farah

“If you set your mind to a task and graft at it really, really hard, then you can go a long way.” Mo Farah

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit.  Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Muhammad Ali


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