Most Inspirational Running Quote?

Nike South I – 2011

So what’s our most inspirational running quote, besides what Coach T just said, for this season?  Here’s some suggestions – let the webmaster know if any are worth noting.

  • “Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.”
  •  “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable
  • “The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world.” –Sebastian Coe
  •  “You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” – Steve Prefontaine
  •  “What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?” – Pre, in Middle School watching his HS CC team running
  •  “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 lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself.” – Pre
  • “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. (But, unless you’re a runner, you won’t understand.)” – Anon
  • “All it takes is all you got.” – Marc Davis
  • “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” – Clarence DeMar
  • “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” – Gatorade ad
  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
  • “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” – Lowell Thomas
  • “The will to win is worthless, without the will to prepare.” – Unknown
  • “Running is a mental sport…and we’re all insane!” – T-Shirt
  • “No one ever drowned in sweat.” – T-Shirt
  • “It’s rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud.” – Adidas ad
  • “Some people don’t have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.” – Unknown
  • “Cross Country philosophy…the faster you run the faster you’re done.”


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