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Running is defined as the fastest means for an animal to move on foot. It is defined in sporting terms as a gait in which at some point all feet are off the ground at the same time. It is a form of both anaerobic exercise and aerobic exercise.

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  • running is 90% mental. 10% physical. Only you can decide how the rest goes.
    • [adam onica]
  • It takes character to run cross country; cross country doesn't build character for you. You have to have some in the first place, then you have to build on it. Running is a full-time commitment, not "something you do after school".
    • [Conner Wood]
  • It doesn't really matter how fast you run. As long as you work, as long as you just GO, then you've fulfilled every responsibility you have.
    • [Conner Wood]
  • There's no finish if you don't make the start.
    • [Adam Onica]
  • What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
    • [Rick Krueger]
  • That's not sweat. That's commitment!
    • [Conner Wood & Mike Murphy]
  • Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
  • I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
  • You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
  • You don't run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that's in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That's the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you're good enough.
    • Bill Persons, fictional coach in Hugh Atkinson's novel The Games
  • It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims. It makes people nervous to see someone running. I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.
  • Blink and you miss a sprint. The 10,000 meters is lap after lap of waiting. Theatrically, the mile is just the right length - beginning, middle, end: a story unfolding.
  • There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
  • People begin running for any number of motives, but we stick to it for one basic reason-to find out who we really are.
  • On the roads, I can see truth revealed whole without thought or reason. There I experience the sudden understanding that comes unasked, unbidden. I simply rest, rest within myself, rest within the pure rhythm of my running. And I wait.
  • Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.
  • I don't think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups.
  • Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.
  • A running machine, that glides over mud, crud and goop.
  • Life is short... running makes it seem longer.
  • I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise... it's a consistent reward for victory!
  • I believe in the runner's high, and I believe that those who are passionate about running are the ones who experience it to the fullest degree possible. To me, the runner's high is a sensational reaction to a great run! It's an exhilarating feeling of satisfaction and achievement. It's like being on top of the world, and truthfully... there's nothing else quite like it!
  • Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!
  • Running is one of the best solutions to a clear mind.
  • People ask why I run. I say, "If you have to ask, you will never understand". It is something only those select few know. Those who put themselves through pain, but know, deep down, how good it really feels.
  • It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
  • The perfect run - The wind at your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends by your side.
  • Out of the silver heat mirage he ran. The sky burned, and under him the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire. Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation. With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins. It was a carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation.
  • It's elevating and humbling at the same time. Running along a beach at sunrise with no other footprints in the sand, you realize the vastness of creation, your own insignificant space in the plan, how tiny you really are, your own creatureliness and how much you owe to the supreme body, the God that brought all this beauty and harmony into being.
    • Sister Marion Irvine, 2:51 PR and 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier
  • Good things come slow - especially in distance running.
  • 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 and sub-2:12 marathoner
  • 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.
  • Someone lent us a cottage in Harsfordshire. I was sitting in a sort of parlor there one day, writing. And suddenly I saw someone run past the window, along the lane outside. With shorts on, white shirt and so on. And it seemed to me such an unusual image... that I wrote down at the top of a sheet of paper, "the loneliness of the long-distance runner." I didn't know where he had come from, I didn't know where he was going. He was simply a sort of ...vision, floating by the window. And I put the line away, I thought I was going to write a poem with this sort of line in it. It seemed rather a nice line.
    • Alan Sillitoe, author of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
  • I am both proud of and embarrassed by that run. What kind of geek goes out and runs in a cloudburst just before midnight on his honeymoon? Me, I guess. But probably many others, too. You know who you are.
  • We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves... The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, "You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that." The human spirit is indomitable.
  • Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge.
    • Dave Bedford, English distance runner who occasionally put in 200 miles a week in training
  • A lot of people don't realize that about 98 percent of the running I put in is anything but glamorous: 2 percent joyful participation, 98 percent dedication! It's a tough formula. Getting out in the forest in the biting cold and the flattening heat, and putting in kilometer after kilometer.
  • The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.
  • Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger.
  • Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in ones self. So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it's because they aren't willing to understand, not because they're stronger. Running is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you'll never understand, so just accept.
  • I see myself as an artist. Running is the way I express my talent. I wish I could paint or write music, but running is what I do and I feel great joy from it.
  • I do not run to add days to my life — I run to add life to my days.
  • And just like that, my running days were over.
  • It is simply that we can all be good boys and wear our letter sweaters around and get our little degrees and find some nice girl to settle, you know, down with... take up what a friend of ours calls the hearty challenges of lawn care... Or we can blaze! Become legends in our own time, strike fear in the heart of mediocre talent everywhere! We can scald dogs, put records out of reach! Make the stands gasp as we blow into an unearthly kick from three hundred yards out! We can become God's own messengers delivering the dreaded scrolls! We can race dark Satan himself till he wheezes fiery cinders down the back straightaway....They'll speak our names in hushed tones, 'those guys are animals' they'll say! We can lay it on the line, bust a gut, show them a clean pair of heels. We can sprint the turn on a spring breeze and feel the winter leave our feet! We can, by God, let our demons loose and just wail on!
  • The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials"
    • Once a Runner by John L. Parker

Training

  • I don’t train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day.
  • I think people can handle 150 to 200 miles a week. But something has to give somewhere. If he's a student, how's he going to study? He may be at the age of chasing and courtship, and that's an important form of sport and recreation, too.
  • 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
  • A coach can be like an oasis in the desert of a runner's lost enthusiasm.

Racing

  • Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
  • A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they're capable of understanding.
  • There is certain urgency to the mile, which requires both the explosiveness of the sprints and the endurance of the longer races. The starter bids you to take your marks, your heart is pounding in your ribcage like some small animal trying to get out, and every muscle is on the verge of involuntary convulsion.
  • You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand.
  • The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.
  • Your toughness is made up of equal parts: persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.
  • Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.
  • Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me.
  • My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.
  • 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.
  • [Scientific testing] can't determine how the mind will tolerate pain in a race. Sometimes, I say, "Today I can die."
  • When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there's not really a reason, it's just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.
  • People don't know why we run, but it's the hard work you put into practice, and the reward you get from the race.
  • Jogging through the forest is pleasant, as is relaxing by the fire with a glass of gentle Bordeaux and discussing one's travels. Racing is another matter. The frontrunner's mind is filled with an anguished fearfulness, a panic, which drives into pain.
  • No one knows the fear in a front runner's mind more than me. When you set off at a cracking pace for four or five laps and find that your main rivals are still breathing down your neck, that's when you start to panic.
  • As I stepped onto the track I felt my legs go rubbery. I saw over a 100,000 people in the stands, and before I knew it, I had collapsed onto the infield grass. "Can it be," I remembered thinking, as I lay there gazing up at the sky, "that I'm so nervous I'm not going to be able to run?" Then I realized how ridiculous I'd look, flat on my back on the grass as they started the race. I guess the humor of that image made me lose my nervousness. I was able to recover, get up and jog to the starting line.
    • Tom Courtney, on the moments before he won the Olympic 800m gold in Melbourne
  • I have never been a killer. I'm not an aggressive personality and if I can remember any emotion I felt during a race it was fear. The greatest stimulator of my running was fear.
  • When the meal was over we all had a quiet rest in our rooms and I meditated on the race. This is the time when an athlete feels all alone in the big world. Opponents assume tremendous stature. Any runner who denies having fears, nerves or some kind of disposition is a bad athlete, or a liar.
  • Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished.
  • That is the sort of race which one really enjoys - to feel at one's peak on the day when it is necessary, and to be able to produce the pace at the very finish. It gives a thrill which compensates for months of training and toiling. But it is the sort of race that one wants only about once a season.
  • It came like electricity, it came from every fibre, from his fingertips to his toes. It came as a broad waters come through a gorge. He called on it all.
  • Always run a race with something in your stomach, and something in your bladder. One to fuel you, and the other to motivate you to finish in a timely manner.
  • It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.
  • Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other.

Cross-Country

  • The footing was really atrocious. I loved it. I really like Cross Country; you're one with the mud.
  • Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time.
  • The secret of cross country is to do everything we do on the track and take it into the bush.
  • The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you're nothing but hoof prints.
  • We told our guys to hold on for 30 minutes of agony for 12 months of glory.

Marathons

  • The marathon is like a bullfight. There are two ways to kill a bull, for instance. There is the easy way, for one. But all the great matadors end up either dead or mauled because for them killing the bull is not nearly as important as how they kill the bull. They always approach the bull at the greatest risk to themselves, and I admire that. In the marathon, likewise, there are two ways to win. There's the easy way if all you care about is winning. You hang back and risk nothing. Then kick and try to nip the leaders at the end. Or you can push, challenge the others, make it an exciting race, risking everything. Maybe you lose, but as for me, I'd rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, then run a conservative, easy race only for a win.
  • The marathon's about being in contention over the last 10K. That's when it's about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what's left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.
  • Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count.
  • To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
  • Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting.
  • You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
  • Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when awareness comes, it is excruciating.
  • 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.
  • I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
    • Emil Zátopek's description of the Olympic Marathon win in Helsinki
  • I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here.
  • I'm never going to run this again.
    • Grete Waitz after winning her first of nine New York City marathons
  • I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.
  • If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.

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