1) “A 12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile” – Unknown
Like so many times in life, you know you’ll get to the finish line eventually. The question is, when you get there, will you have to live with the feeling of knowing you could have given more than you did?
2) “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes
Not all days are going to be smooth sailing. Some will feel great, some average, and some sub par. Regardless, there are few things as powerful as moving forward, even if you’re moving slowly.
3) “In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp.” – Scott Douglas
Success is derived from the never-ending balancing act between the heart and the head. Even having established the best game plan in the world, you won’t get far if you don’t have the strength to carry it out when times get difficult. Similarly, all the heart in the world won’t get you anywhere if not supplemented with a logical approach. Remember, working as hard as you can provides little benefit if you’re running in place (treadmills aside).
4) “Know your limits, then ignore them” – John Mason
Before you can improve, you must know where you stand. It’s been said that you can’t hit a target that isn’t there. Be honest with yourself. Recognize current limitations. This knowledge allows you to create goals and eventually surpass them.
5) “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Roger Bannister
Mohammad Ali famously emphasized this point when he stated that he did not start counting his setups until they began to burn. In other words, how one conducts him/herself when it hurts is often the differentiator between average and exceptional.
6) “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” – George Sheehan
One’s mindset is not exclusive to a particular set of actions. Your mentality and outlook on life is dispersed amongst everything you do. The will to prepare, outwork your competition, fight through adversity, and understand the relationship between your outcome and exerted effort are all integral to running. They are also integral to success everywhere else.
7) “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham
We are often held back by a fear of the unknown, particularly when an element of discomfort is involved. The reality is, however, that we face very few challenges we are incapable of overcoming. Life can be difficult and certainly will present obstacles, but it’s important to realize that you will, in one way or another, get yourself past them. The true tragedy is failing to walk up to that metaphorical starting line and enjoy everything the world has to offer.
8) “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: Yes”. – Paul Tergat
Human potential is an infinite concept. There is always another level to achieve and you will forever have the ability to get there, should you decide to do so. It is good to be appreciative of where you are and how far you’ve come, but never let complacency mask one simple truth: you have not reached your peak ability.
9) “You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done.” – Adam Goucher
The outcome starts with you and ends with you. What you put in is what you get out.
10) “There will be a day when you will not be able to do this. Today is not that day.” – Unkown
There is never a greater moment than the present to become who you want to become. Don’t let current opportunity become future regret.
By Eddie Pinero @yourworldwithin