in the world someone is training when you are not. When you
race him, he will win."
Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon Training Motto
the '70's, I was a school teacher and trained at 5AM and 5PM.
During wintertime, I never saw the sun."
Tom Fleming (one of the all time great American runners. Won
the New York Marathon twice, took second at Boston two times.)
like to train 100 miles per week because it's a round number.
But I think 88 is a lot rounder."
in circles never gets far."
Thornton W. Burgess, Bowser the Hound
"I run because
it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out
the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already
focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude.
Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise...it's
a consistent reward for victory!"
Sasha Azevedo, Runner Athlete
ain't no shame looking at a good runner's back. Now, if the
runner sucks, that's something else entirelyÖ"
The Rage, Training
actually people who cheat at race walks; they enter a race
walk, then run to win. You know you've given up in life when
you cheat at a race walk. You've decided that you're so pathetic
the only way you can win is by cheating against people who
aren't even competing."
of losing the three at Hayward Field and the idea of losing
my specialty to someone who wasnít running his specialty.
Mostly, the idea of losing in front of my people.
forgotten about me."
Prefontaine, when asked by a reporter how he managed to
muster up enough strength on the last 200 to catch Frank Shorter
by .6 of a second and establish a new American 3 mile record
on, Iím going to be a dirty son of a bitch. Iím going to foul
a lot of people. Iíll get thrown out of a few races, but it's
time we Americans learned to run like the Europeans."
Steve Prefontaine in an interview with Bert Nelson of Track
& Field News, following his courageous run at a gold medal
at the 1972 Olympics, after being cut off twice by Mohamed
Gamoudi of Tunisia in the 5000 meter final, who edged an exhausted
Pre in the last five meters for the bronze medal.
run like I do, top tens are hard to come by and it usually
means a lot of good runners don't show up."
The Rage on Running in a
"A good hill
definitely levels the playing field for a lot of runners,
which means more of us not only will run closer together,
but we will get a quality workout that would not be the same
The Rage on Beating Your
Charlie don't surf...trout don't run...they swim. Runners
have slimey protective coatings too, after a few hard laps...
but that's where it ends, baby...If trout ran...they would
understand that pain is just a state of mind...they would
not need a bunch of tree huggers to sympathize with their
The Rage on Wimpy Trout
has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that
something inside them was superior to circumstance."
get to negatively affect your DNA."
explanation for why some people can't run a marathon.
testing) can't determine how the mind will tolerate pain in
a race. Sometimes, I say, 'Today I can die.'"
through space elates one"
"No doubt a brain
and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although
if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people
finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes."
no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time
"I am in a world
of pain, but I'm happy. I survived the water obstacle and
I can't even swim."
Briton Mark Hawkins, finisher from Bristol, in the 2002 World
"Even if you
fall flat on your face∑at least you are moving forward."
"Maybe I shouldn't
have had breakfast at Denny's."
Jordan Kent (who vomited after running the 400 meters in the
2002 USA Junior National Championships held in Eugene, OR)
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.'"
the race, the shorter the champ."
studied the four-minute mile the way Jonas Salk studied poliowith
a view to eradicating."
Jim Murray, LA Times
"No one can
say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than
that.' The human spirit is indomitable."
Sir Roger Bannister
"The man who
can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is
the man who will win."
Sir Roger Bannister
"The mile has all
the elements of a drama."
Sir Roger Bannister
with a rat race is that even when you win, you're still a
"I don't believe
in burnout. I believe in losing your appetite."
are only as good as the laces they're attached to."
endure pain better than others. All things considered, the
ability to withstandor even denypain would seem
to be a valuable ally for the long distance runner in search
of significant improvement. In truth, it is probably a double-edged
sword, since medical experts tell us that pain is the body's
warning signal to back off, and that to ignore such schedules
is to roll the dice with both body and mind."
Mark Will-Weber, The Quotable Runner
"Top results are
reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.
You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the
more you will enjoy your success."
Juha "the Cruel" Väätäinen
are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much
Juha "the Cruel"
"I want to be alone
Some honest feedback from a runner reacting to some attempted
encouragement by one of their van mates who made the mistake
of running along side and offering too much positive support
during the Jasper to Banff
Relay. ( Runner's Tip: While perhaps not as polite, a
simple hand gesture is not only more direct in terms of honest
feedback, it is also more aerobically efficient).
"There will come
a point in the race, when you alone will need to decide. You
will need to make a choice. Do you really want it? You will
need to decide."
"Pain is weakness
leaving the body."
Tom Sobal, World Snowshoe Racing Champion
"When the guy says
go, you start to suffer -- or you might as well not be out
there. It's a small piece of your life, make it hurt."
Aaron Cox, Winner of US Mountain Biking Championship
it. Handicaps were made for golfers and bowlers. There's no
reason to hold back and sandbag a 10k time. Despite press
and media devoted to the contrary, running was never intended
to feel good. Running is not a lifestyle choice. Simply put,
It's a sport."
Manciata, after reading the latest issue of Runner's World
"I ran and ran
every day, and I acquired a sense of determination, this sense
of spirit that I would never, never, give up, no matter what
Wilma Rudolph, US track star (from Wilma).
to burn out than to fade away."
is rock 'n roll; track is Carnegie Hall."
have to know your capabilities. An untested, out of shape
person should walk if he or she is feeling exhausted in practice
or in a race. But the pain felt racing is the temporal price
one has to pay for the ephemeral experience of a race well
Manciata in "Say
it Ain't So Rage"
the toughest distance race in the world to win. World class
runners from 1500m to the marathon contest it and instead
of just three runners from each country, like in the Olympics
or World Championships, in the senior men's race there are
Paul Tergat of Kenya, comments about the IAAF World Cross
"The single biggest
change in middle-distance running, from the 1500 metres to
10,000 metres, has been the track surface."
stimulator of my running career was fear."
in a race are made in the first two minutes, perhaps in the
very first minute."
Jack Daniels, Exercise Physiologist and Coach
you see a guy go down, you smell blood in the water."
Anthony Famiglietti, American Steeplechaser's comment about
3,000 meter Steeplechase leader Tim Broe's fall at the final
barrier during the 2001 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
"I was totally
into football, totally into mainstream sports my whole life...The
media has tried to categorize me, call me a hippie, call me
alternative. I work hard. My social life and beliefs don't
get in the way of my training."
Jennings, who gave up football his freshman year becoming
one of America's best high school milers.
"I feel the earth
and the wind and the trees. I feel its spirit. It puts me
in the moment. I feel the rhythm of the race. It's like music.
When the rhythm gets dissonant and chaotic, it is either a
jazzy driving force behind me or demons inside me."
incredible feeling, 110,000 people -- energy at that level.
What I realized from watching the first day of competition
was that athletes that got excited and happy and got the fans
into it and clapping, they did better. The athletes that took
it too seriously, they didn't do as well as they'd hoped.
Gabriel Harmony Jennings, talking about winning the 1,500
Gabe Jennings, talking about his Olympic 1500-meter semifinal,
in which he finished ninth not qualifying for the final.
there's some official bellowing: "Come on! Run through
the chute! Keep it movin'...Keep it movin'!" But you're
bent over, gasping, admiring with salt-stung eyes the good,
honest mud of battle, the trickle of blood from a spike wound,
splattered on your still-quivering legs and too-old (but still
lucky) racing shoes. What could be more beautiful?"
Description of the finish of a Cross Country Race from The
Quotable Runner, Edited by Mark Will-Weber
"I ran for
myself, not Finland."
take the straight and narrow. A few take the road less traveled.
I chose to cut through the woods."
"At the end
of the cross-country run he fell insensible after crossing
the line, but sustained no serious injury."
From Lt. Col. Frederick S. Flotz's report to superiors on
George S. Patton Jr.'s finish at the final event of the Stockholm
Olympic's Military Pentathalon. By Patton's account he'd been
given a shot of "hop" before the start by a trainer
and at race's end lay unconscious for several hours.
you signed up for the 401K?
I'd never be able to run that far."
Scott Adams, Dilbert (4/2/01)
truth and run."
Anonymous, Yugoslav Proverb
hell and get the agony over with."
has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts."
after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself,
even though you never touch its coat-tails."
Clarence S. Darrow
advice on running the mile)
Anonymous comment regarding a slow men's 1500 in Barcelona
Olympics in which twelve made up the final
an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman."
Groundskeeper Willy, The Simpsons
Real Runners. Extremism In Defense Of Real Running Is No Vice."
Headline from David
Cavall's Stotan News
"It's the road
signs, 'Beware of lions.'"
Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, during the Sydney Olympics,
explaining why his country produces so many great runners
the last turn, my thoughts changed from 'One more try, one
more try, one more try...' to 'I can win! Ican win! Ican win!'"
seen too many American distance men on the international scene
willing to take risks. I saw some U.S. women in Barcelona
willing to risk, more than men. The Kenyans risk. Steve Prefontaine
risked. I risked--I went through the first half of the Tokyo
race just a second off my best 5000 time."
gold medal winner of the 10,000 at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
with a 46-second PR.
him? I never even heard of him."
Ron Clarke, Australian distance runner, on Billy Mills 10,000
victory in the Tokyo Olympics, 1964.
in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get
left the podium in Atlanta, I felt so fulfilled in my career
that I lost my desire to compete at that level again."
Carl Lewis, after the Atlanta Olympics
"It is suicidal
for other runners to copy my hill sessions without adequate
Pekka Vasala, Finnish Middle Distance Runner who outkicked
Kip Keino at Munich Olympics in 1972 winning the 1500 meters
was a very strange, disappointing race in that no one wanted
to take it out. That's why I took the lead. I wanted some
people to run the real distance and that was frustrating.
So I took the pace around the second lap, which in some ways
is suicidal...but I wanted the pace to be honest."
Marla Runyan commenting on the Women's 1500 meters at the
Sydney Olympics in which she finished eighth.
wanted to run my race. I didn't want to sit there and play
games and see who could kick the hardest. I wanted it to be
Marla Runyan, Olympian
Tim Rhay, City of Eugene Oregon's Acting Park Operations Manager
describing the likely cost of the HazMat team cleanup of more
than 50 small piles of white powder believed to be flour found
at the base of trees and light poles in Maurie Jacobs Park.
According to a local news brief, Eugene City Officials speculated
the substance may have marked the course of an unofficial
Eugene Hash House Harriers
gun shoots, you got to go."
of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the
middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up,
but one slip and you're nothing but hoof prints."
"When I was
about 14 or 15, and running in a pretty muddy cross country
race, one of my shoes stuck in the mud and came off. Boy,
was I wild. To think that I had trained hard for this race
and didn't do up my shoelace tightly enough! I really got
aggressive with myself, and I found myself starting to pass
a lot of runners. As it turned out, I improved something like
twenty places in that one race. But I never did get my shoe
Rob de Castella
"If you can't
win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record."
to go and leave my blood all over the track."
Nick Rogers, Olympian
(at the trials finished third in the 5,000 taking the race
away from the kickers by grabbing the lead with a mile to
go and forcing the pace). Met the Olympic "A" standard
with a PR of 13:18:50 in his first European track race (14th
fastest ever by an American runner).
"I made the
school team, and when I won in a match against another school
it was the greatest moment of my life--even greater than the
European titles. In those school races, I always ran my legs
off. There were girls watching and I wanted to impress them.
I was foaming and vomiting, but I won."
Juha Väätäinen of Finland
understand why members of the media have to try so hard for
stories. For real fans, the events speak for themselves as
well as the performances and the corresponding drama. Excitement
in Track and Field does not come from heartbreaking stories.
It is in the competition and the buildup. My recurring message
to you is to try to pick and choose the relevant and truthful
media coverage of Track and Field. This Cris Collinsworth
stuff has got to go!!!!!!"
"I have been
wearied by the misrepresentation of my sport by the national
and local media.... It reminds me of a scene in the movie,
Educating Rita, where the old mother half-cries during a rather
mechanized group sing-a-long at a local pub, 'Doesn't anyone
know another song?'"
people have been cheering for me as Joan Benoit-Samuelson."
have not had the same successes because of the fact that most
grow up in the lap of luxury. They don't tolerate the type
of pain that distance running demands. You can pass your Physical
Education classes in school by walking a mile maybe twice
a year. It seems that the few Americans who do make it on
the international level have a tremendous drive and tolerance
for discomfort. I think the main reason Africans succeed in
distance running is many have to and we don't. "
"No one competes
with the reckless abandon they should. What is a race? A race
is a complete all out effort. With a few exceptions, runners
run hard, (or think they are running hard) but the races are
too controlled. When was the last time you saw an American
distance runner finish a race and then collapse on the ground?
Ten, fifteen years? I'd personally rather watch someone who
runs his guts out, throws his breakfast up and passes out
at the end of the race."
it all sound so simple. Run your guts out...collapse at the
finish, throw up, that makes a good runner. Sounds like you
regret not being more like Prefontaine....Everyone gripes
to me that American marathoners are 'lazy-no-good-for-nothings'.
My point is, many people have criticisms, but few have valid
answers. I'd like to know what happened to the guys that kicked
my ass in high school."
in response to John Shieffer's criticism of American distance
kick does the trick...A miler's kick does the trick..."
Rod Dixon's mental refrain as he chased down and beat Geoff
Smith in the last half mile of the 1983 New York City Marathon.
Dixon won bronze in the 1500 at the Munich Olympics.
the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."
Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland
distance makes long slow runners."
Jim Bush, coach at UCLA
tatics I admire are do-or-die."
first, and second is nowhere."
Neil Cusack, 1974 marathon winner
"It is simply
that we can all be good boys and wear our letter sweaters
around and get our little degrees and find some nice girl
to settle, you know, down with...Or we can blaze! Become
legends in our own time, strike fear in the heart of mediocre
talent everywhere! We can scald dogs, put records out of reach!
Make the stands gasp as we blow into an unearthly kick from
three hundred yards out! We can become God's own messengers
delivering the dreaded scrolls! We can race black Satan himself
till he wheezes fiery cinders down the back straightaway....They'll
speak our names in hushed tones, 'those guys are animals'
they'll say! We can lay it on the line, bust a gut, show them
a clean pair of heels. We can sprint the turn on a spring
breeze and feel the winter leave our feet! We can, by God,
let our demons loose and just wail on!"
Quentin Cassidy, fictional miler in running cult classic,
Once a Runner by John Parker
"In the big
city, if the man next door happens to be a slum landlord,
a Mafia bag man, or a long distance runner, what does it matter,
as long as he puts his garbage out on Tuesdays?"
Hal Higdon, "On the Run from Dogs and People"
difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference
between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly
roasted over hot coals.
Hal Higdon, "On the Run from Dogs and People"
legs aching, my chest aching, my heart thumping and banging
away, the only things to look forward to, the only things
that kept me going, the drinks of water; but only when he
offered them, I'd never ask for them, no matter how I felt,
any more than I'd stop till the old bastard said I could stop.
Except twice to be sick, while he just stood watching me while
it all came heaving out, not saying anything; just standing,
waiting for me to go on, while I thought Christ I'll die,
I'm going to die, my guts are coming out, I'll die."
Ike Low, miler in "The Olympian"
is everything: muscle--pieces of rubber. All that I am, I
am because of my mind."
are speedwork in disguise."
really Frank Shorter, eh?...What happened to you at Montreal?"
A Charleston cab driver upon learning he was driving Frank
Shorter who won Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 and silver
in Montreal in 1976.
the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough
felt my throat start to close up, and I didn't think I was
getting enough oxygen. I was scared, and I thought about quitting.
But you don't want to quit when you've trained so hard and
long for one race."
Deena Drossin describing the effects of having been stung
by a bee in the back of the throat 100 meters after the start
of the World Cross-Country Championships in Portugal. Despite
blacking out and falling during the 8k race she finished in
back in the van. I can't even look at you right now."
Manclark to Logan, Hood to Coast Relay after a subpar effort
no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."
love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let's get
down and dirty. Let's fight it out. It's raw, animalistic,
with no one to rely on but yourself. There's no better feeling
Adam Goucher, Winner 1999 US Nationals 5000 title
a man is racing he must hate himself and his competitors."
things take time to do. Impossible things take a little longer."
it hurts, make it hurt more."
you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less."