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What Makes A Man Run?
By: Glenn Cunningham
People can't understand what 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 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 adversay lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.

Why Do Runners Run?
By: Dan Crowe
I have seen their tortured faces.
I have heard their pounding hearts.
I have seen their head bowed in the sorrow of defeat.
I have seen their hands hoisted in salute to the goddess of victory.
I have wondered why do runners run?
I have seen long lines running in the park.
I have seen them run to the accolades of a thundering crowd.
I have seen them run in the solitude of a rain-swept street.
I have wondered why do runners run?
Is it a burning inside or a thing called pride?
The search for an inner peace or the quest of a golden fleece?
I believe the gods decree that some people must run to prove the pain ins fun.

The Runners' High
By: Anon.
It's no longer sport,
No longer just a game.
It has become a way of life.
Every breath is a stride,
Every heatbeat a string of silence.
It is compulsion from deep within.
It is a passion for glory.
To go through the torment.
To last through the waiting.
To gain that one moment,
Alone iwth myself.
And olny the few,
Who chance to strive,
Can know the experience.
To hear nothing but breath.
To feel nothing but heartbeat.
To feel so much like hell,
Running so close to heaven.
This is the Runners' High.
This is the feeling I live for.
This is the goal I strive toward.
If my chance disappears,
Part of my life would end.

"Pain is temporary, but pride lasts forever"

"If you want to run like Nedeti, think like Nedeti" - Jad Daley

"To improve your form, you need to teach yourself how to relax. Because your hands and forearms control relaxation, focus on your hands to reduce tension during a run." - Ned Frederick, biomechanist at Exter Reserch, Inc

"People begin running for any number of motives, but we stick to it for one basic reason-to find out who we really are." - George Sheehan, M.D.

"Before your next marathon, think about a person who helped make your marathon possible. Then consider showing your appreciation by dedicating the race to that person." - Joe Henderson

"There are no standards and no possible victories except the joy you are living while dancing your are not running for some future reward-the real reward is now!" - Fred Rohe, author of The Zen of Running

"On the roads, I can see truth revealed whole without thought or reason. There I experience the sudden understanding that comes unasked, unbidden. I simply rest, rest within myself, rest within the pure rhythm of my running. And I wait." - George Sheehan, M.D.

"I have no control over how fast my opposition can run. It's not like I can tackle them. All I can do is work harder. Smarter. Train when my opposition doesn't. In blood-chilling temperatures. Rain. Sleet. Wind."

"The foot is the best piece of running equipment there is." "Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run."

"To be a winner . . . all you need to give is all you have."

"You can never run a hill too hard, you will collapse before hurting it."

"To run or not to run? There is not question."

"I always loved was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

"People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you..."

"The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations."

"In America, anybody can become somebody..."

"I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, But I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either."

"A lifetime of training for just ten seconds."

"It was all right with me. I didn't go to Berlin to shake hands with him, anyway. All I know is that I'm here now, and Hitler isn't."

"When I came back, after all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country, and I could not ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. Now what's the difference?"

"They have kept me alive over the years. Time has stood still for me. That golden moment dies hard."

"I don't jog because I can't run flat-footed. And at sixty years old you're crazy to be out there running."

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Paulo Coelho (provided by Lauren Dieterich)

"I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed." Samuel Johnson

"Sometimes the most complicated and difficult situations and scenarios are perfectly simple to understand and the seemingly simple compositions of life are yet, unclear and misty, as they are half buried in today's society and only some of the real truth is revealed to the user, which is, society." (provided by Chaz)

Take courage and accept the knowledge of understanding
We are alone here; and yet, we are among many
Everyone around you is someone unique
We are all alone, struggling to succeed
Struggling to radiate, excelling our unique ideas
Able young individuals, stepping up to the challenges
That life presents to us as we wake
Into the amazing power of existence itself...

"Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission." ~ Neil Kendall

"Extra effort is the key to success"

"Don't waste a heartbeat!"

"Successful people do things that unsuccessful people won't do"

"Winning begins with an attitude"

"Winning isn't always a victory, losing isn't always a defeat"

"Weak runners wait for opportunities, strong ones make them"

"Winners get the job done, losers make excuses"

"Talk is cheap. Don't tell me what you can do, show me"

"The tougher the experience, the tougher you become"

"It is easier to stay up than to catch up"

"The only one that limits you is yourself"

"Hard work, given time, will beat all"

"Every day is a great day"

"If you want to be great, pretty good is really pretty bad"

"Run hard when it's hard to run" Pavvo

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." Steve Prefontain

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift." Steve Prefontain

"Start writing a ew chapter, for if you live by the book you'll never make history." Ben Sobel

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat." Herschel Walker

"The minuet you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost." George Shultz

"You have no control what the other guys goes. You only have control over what you do." A J Kitt

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital." Joe Paterno

"Set you goals high, and don't stop till you get there." Bo Jackson

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." Tom Landry

"It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into practice." Eric Lindros

"If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average." M.H. Alderson

"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself. 'Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win...Channel your energy. Focus.'" Carl Lewis

"The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do." Dennis Waitley

"Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big." Anon.

"The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me." Leroy Burrell

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

"Every morning in Africa a gazell wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up you better be running." Maurice Greene

"We told our guys to hold on for thirty minuets of agony for 12 months of glory. " Coach John McDonnell After Arkansas won the 1993 NCAA XC

"Learn to run when feeling pain: then push harder. " William Sigei

"Ask your self. 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually: 'Yes.'" Paul Tergat

"Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win." Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon Sign

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

The Ten Commandments of Running
1. Train Hard
2. Make Sacrifices
3. Make Positive Choices
4. Seek your potential
5. Set High Goals
6. Relax Under Pressure
7. Attack Pain
8. Push the Pace
9. Work As a Team
10. Run To Win

"Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose." Margaret Thatcher

"Success is failure turned inside out." Anon

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat." Queen Victoria

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