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"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." 
 -- Nike

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. 
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. 
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. 
It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. 
It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle- when the sun comes up you'd better be running." 
-- Roger Bannister

"I'll be sitting around the house thinking everybody is running alone. Then I'll find out they all ran together, but just didn't call me." 
-- Chris Solinsky. 
(Solinsky sometimes gets the cold shoulder on the easy run days because he runs too fast for his training group)

"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." 
-- Lou Holtz

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I loose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself." 
 -- Pre

"Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain't easy." 
-- Mark Will-Weber

"If you just can know you left it out there, and know you did everything you could, you will be satisfied. You will be able to go back to your hotel or your house and take a shower and have a meal and feel good about what you did. But that also comes with planning and execution of a good, solid race plan. Part of feeling satisfied is having a good plan, executing that plan and knowing, 'I did everything I could.'" 
-- Alan Culpepper

"What was the secret? They wanted to know, in a thousand different ways they wanted to know THE SECRET. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottom of his running shoes. The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials, how could they be expected to understand that?"
-- John L. Parker Jr.

"That was just balls. All that was, was balls." 
-- Lauren Fleshman on her stunning victory in the 5k at the 2010 USATF Championships 

"I am both proud of and embarrassed by that run. What kind of geek goes out and runs in a cloudburst just before midnight on his honeymoon? Me, I guess. But probably many others, too. You know who you are."
-- Mark Will-Weber

"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character." 
-- T. Alan Armstrong

"It's rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud."
-- Adidas ad

"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." 
-- Will Rogers

"Adversity causes some to break, and others to break records." 
-- William A. Ward

"He ran because it grounded him in basics. There was both life and death in it; it was unadulterated by media hype, trivial cares, political meddling. It was all joy and woe, hard as a diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free." 
-- John L. Parker, Jr

"I'm pretty fundamental when it comes to running. A basketball player doesn't practice his free throw shooting by doing slam dunks all over the place. He does it by practicing free throws. That's the attitude I take: You don't get better at running by doing everything but running. You get better by running."
-- Chris Solinsky

"The principle is competing against yourself. It is about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." 
-- Steve Young

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
-- Henry Ford

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it."
-- Rudyard Kipling

"Cross Country - Finally a practical use for golf courses."
-- Adidas ad

"It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." 
-- Emil Zatopek

"Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity." 
-- Michael Johnson

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable." 
-- Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile
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