"I didn't come this far only to come this far, so we've still got further to go."
- Tom Brady
magic of a marathon isn't in the 26.2 miles on race day. It's in the
nearly 500 miles of training that happens in the months before. It's in
the countless feelings, frustrations and fears I have worked through
while running down those desolate, tree-lined roads. You see, I wasn't
supposed to be a runner. But I am. And my life is better because I
chose to be one."
- Stacy Lucier
"I run because I can. Because when I do, there's always the chance to be extraordinary. A chance to start unknown and to finish unforgettable. A chance to overcome all obstacles, to fight through pain and suffering, to test your emotional limits and boundaries, to experiment with the potential of the human body and discover just how far you can push yourself... Running is about knowing that all those hours of training are just for this short race. That's why it's so hard, forcing every second of pain and agony in this race to be an example of every step, every workout, every mile you ran before it. Running is about the time during the race when your mind wanders to your own special world where no one can reach you or touch you, where you're able to break down the barriers you never knew existed, experience pain you've never felt before, and feel the determination, the tenacity, the pure and simple commitment to yourself for success. It's about when the voice in your head that kept yelling "I can't" stops and a new voice, a stronger voice, takes its place and whispers, "I can."
- Laura Weisberger
"Running is a kind of truth serum. It brutally strips away everything
you put on and leaves you with only yourself. The runner on the road,
hunched over or otherwise, knows something that the passenger in the car
doesn't. Down to the core, the runner knows who he is. The runner has
to. He's so tired, who he is is all that's left."
- Mark Parent
"When you finish your first ultra you are transformed from a weak
person to a powerful one. There is nothing in life that feels
insurmountable any longer, not once you’ve willingly wrestled with
demons that big. When you know what you are capable of, you can take
charge of your life. That’s what running ultras did for me, and this is
how I choose to repay my debt."
- Shelley Viggiano
"Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment."
- Chinese fortune