As of this morning I will have posted almost 500 entries on the blog. Thousands and thousands of words about running, training and racing. We also chronicled the last year in the life of a good friend as he battled cancer – providing us with the motivation to train hard and race even harder. I thought a long time ago that after Dom passed away, there really wouldn’t be much of a reason to keep on writing. What did I have to say that was so profound that anyone would want to read my ramblings?
But time and time again I have been reminded through comments, e-mails or even in person at a race that there is an audience out there who does like to drop by from time to time and read my thoughts on this crazy journey of ours.
I was asked this week who do I look to for inspiration? What and who do I read frequently to keep me motivated, especially when training is beating you down and you begin to ask yourself why am I training to run another marathon? What is there left to prove.
Well, below I have shared my favorite 26.2 quotes that still inspire me to keep logging those miles and chasing after the race when I finally come through the chute, see 2:59:XX on the clock and realize that yes, I have finally chased down that last dream of mine when it comes to the marathon.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.
“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.” — Ann Transon
“Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.” — Willie Shoemaker
“You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow through” — Rosalynn Carter
“Thus I urge you to go onto your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do.” — Percy Cerutty
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” — Bill Bowerman
“If the furnace is hot enough, it will burn anything.” — John Parker (author of Once a Runner)
“If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk.” — Bill Rogers
“I’ve always taken the philosophy that you have to dream a little in this sport. If you stay in your comfort zone, you’re not going to do anything special.” — Deena Kastor
“Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality?” — George Moore
“If you want to achieve a high goal, you’re going to have to take some chances.” — Alberto Salazar
“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” — Steve Prefontaine
“My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.” — Bill Rogers
“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 to quit.” — George Sheehan
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” — Steve Prefontaine
“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.” — Patty Sue Plumer
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” — Carl Lewis
“One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.” — Bob Kennedy
“The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one.” — L. Ron Hubbard
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
“A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” — Emil Zatopek
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” — Sven Goran Eriksson
“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” — Erica Jong
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S. Eliot
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.” — Susan Jeffers
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” — Steve Prefontaine
“I know you couldn’t really race those two marathons the way you wanted to so close together. Run the next race for you Joe, go out there and absolutely kill it.” — Dominic D’Eramo – February 11, 1971 – August 15, 2010 R.I.P.