Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.
Nelson Mandela (via runnerknittergeek)
That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.
Forest Gump (via rainonyourface)
You don’t stand in front of a mirror before a run and wonder what the road will think of your outfit. You don’t have to listen to its jokes and pretend they’re funny. lt would not be easier to run if you dressed sexier. The road doesn’t notice if you’re not wearing lipstick. lt does not care how old you are. You do not feel uncomfortable because you make more money than the road. And you can call on the road whenever you feel like it, whether it’s been a day or even a couple of hours since your last date. The only thing the road cares about is that you pay it a visit once in a while.
JUST DO IT. (via starbucksrunner)
Other than a good pair of shoes, all you need to run is a strong mind that’s able to push you when you’re about to give up. And not giving up allows you to see quick results early on, which only helps your state of mind. It’s a fantastic positive-feedback loop.
Sam VeuCasovic (via runnerknittergeek)
In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain.
Chris Lear - Running with the Buffaloes (via adistancerunner)