I like to collect inspiring quotes for and about runners. In the Runners World discussion board, I’ve asked the members to give me the quotes they love about running. One of my favorites is the following:
There is no such thing as too early.
There is no such thing as too cold.
There is no such thing as too far.
I am a runner.
It speaks of the dedication of the runner, and the need that she has to run. It is true that once you have started running regularly, you will no longer feel the dread of having to get up and run. In fact, the opposite will happen–you will dread not being able to run! Running can be addicting. Whenever I could not run, and see people doing laps at the University, I would feel quite envious and physically restless. Of course, it’s psychological, but it’s an “addiction” I am quite willing to continue. (Caveat: Any addiction or extreme occupation with something is not good. Even running has to be regulated when one’s health is at risk!)
Emil Zatopek’s words echo this:
If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I just have to.
Cool, huh? Anyway, here’s another one:
There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open. – Nike
I also love this quote. It conjures the image of a lonely runner, pounding kilometers on a long stretch of country road, doing nothing but what she loves most. There is no one and nothing who can come between her and the road that she has to run. Whenever I take my vacations in the province, I run in the national highway which is (sometimes) empty of people and vehicles early in the morning. In front of me and behind me are long stretches of concrete. The sea is on my left, and the mountainside is on my right. The air is cool, and the sun has not risen so high yet. It’s a lovely lovely time to run, and I feel so blessed that I am able to enjoy it!