*  If it's important, you'll find a way.  If it's not, you'll find an excuse.

*  We don't stop running because we get old.  We get old because we stop running.

*  If you want to win anything - a race, yourself, your life - you have to go a little berserk. - George Sheehan

*  Extreme situations require extreme measures. -Terry Silver, Karate Kid III

*  I'll make it. -Jimmy Chitwood, Hooisers

*  I'm sitting at the wheel. I got a green light. I'm not afraid of nothin' 'cause heart and soul I'm built for lifeSo let the engine roar. Push the pedal down. I want the white lines on the highway to lead me out of town."  -Bryan Adams

*  It is better to attempt something great and fail than to attempt nothing and succeed.

*  Jim: So, what's your strategy for this race?
Pam: Well I'm gonna start fast.
Jim: Mm-hmm.
Pam: Then I'm gonna run fast in the middle.
Jim: What?
Pam: Then I'm gonna end fast.
Jim: Why don't more people do that?
Pam: Probably because they're stupid.

*  Be humble enough to admit that someone might be better at something than you. Be wise enough to learn from them.

*  These woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. - R. Frost

*  Our Ancestors Never Jogged Down a Meal.  Running did not emerge as a hobby. It emerged as a way to catch something edible. Anyone who took up jogging in the Neolithic era quickly starved to death. The point is, running is hardwired in our DNA. 11,000 years of natural selection has made sure there's a runner inside every one of us. If you weren't already a runner, you would never have been born. 

Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I'm sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying from that's keeping you from the finals? - L. Armstrong

*  We're not sure if it was the fitness craze of the eighties, or the whole Zen meets exercise thing of the nineties, but somewhere along the way, the majority of the running world was turned into something else. Something tame. That's not to say you have to live in a Unabomber shack or shoot your dinner with a crossbow to be a runner. Its ok if you have a plasma tv and a car that knows how to parallel park itself and a bunch of other trappings of civilization. The trick is keeping civilization out of your running. Because running is anything but civilized. Just look at the faces of the first five guys to cross the line at any 10k. Not exactly the expression you can wear to a dinner party.

*  If it feels like something you might do on a treadmill, or at the helm of a tricked-out baby stroller, you're probably jogging. If it feels like something that might make other people nervous, you're running.

*  So lace up your shoes. Tight. And remember what you are. Remember that of all the species on earth, only two can run farther than you. Remember that you are dangerous. Formidable. Potent. Remember that what you are about to do is not for the faint of heart, and run like an animal.

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