· The gun goes off and everything changes…the world changes…and nothing else really matters. ~ Patti Sue Plummer
· "It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason
· "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, 1912 Olympian
· "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." - Jack Lovelock
· "I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." - club coach
· "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." Jerome Drayton
· "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!"
Sasha Azevedo, Runner Athlete
· "Coming off the last turn, my thoughts changed from 'One more try, one more try, one more try...' to 'I can win! Ican win! Ican win!'" -Billy Mills
· People can't understand why a man runs. They don't see any sport in it. Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than than any man versus man competition. For in running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. 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. - Glenn Cunningham
· There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself "I can do this." -Gatorade Ad
· Why Do You Run? Because you're wondering if your grandchildren will too. Because its raining. Because you can, and others can't. Because its faster than walking. Because that shaky-leg-thing is all about nervous energy. Because you can't fly. Because you can fly. Because your personal best is just that, yours. Because the pain of a blister is nothing compared to the pain of stopping. Because you like the resistance the wind gives you. Because you like the resistance you give the wind. Just Because. -NYC Marathon Ad
· Its only 3 miles, but somehow you come out of it having gone much further.