Running Wisdom

The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb
Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear
Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson
Once a Runner by John L. Parker
Again to Carthage by John L. Parker

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” -Pre

“We cannot lower the mountain, so we must elevate ourselves.”

“Be prepared like a boy scout.”

“To him a passing of one minute took on a manner of rare meaning.  A minute was once fourth of  a four minute mile.” – John Parker, Once a Runner

“Walked up to the starting line.  God, he thought, one more time on the line.” -John Parker, Once a Runner

“He did not much like this early morning buisness, but the idea of foregoing the ritual, even for one morning, never crossed his mind.” -John Parker, Once a Runner

“The relatively thin distance runners ate more than one would expect.” -John Parker, Once a Runner

“A runner is a miser, spending the pennies of his energy with great stinginess, constantly wanting to know how much he has spent and how much longer he will be expected to pay.  He wants to be broke precisely the moment he no longer needs his coin.” -John Parker, Once a Runner

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.  You have to make the mind run the body.  Never let the body tell the mind what to do.  The body will always give up.  It is always tired morning, noon, and night.  But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.  When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired…You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.” – George S. Patton

“A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest.  I run to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.”-Juha Väätäinen

“Life itself is a race, marked by a start, and a finish. It is what we learn during the race, and how we apply it, that determines whether our participation has had particular value. If we learn from each success, and each failure, and improve ourselves through this process, then, at the end, we will have fulfilled our potential and performed well.” -Dr. Ferdinand Porsche

“”One to go.” This is the place between decision and execution, the moment when desire and outcome are weighed.  Here the end seems near, but may still be hard to reach.  A choice presents itself”

“The human body can only take so much then the heart and spirit take over.”

“If you feel like eating, eat.  Let your body tell you what it wants.”- Joan Benoit Samuelson

“I like running because it’s a challenge.  If you run hard, there’s the pain – and you’ve got to work your way through 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 Fame

“Believe in yourself, know yourself, deny yourself, and be humble.”- John Treacy

“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

“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