WordFULL Wednesday

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. –Jim Ryun

You can’t talk yourself into shape. Either you can do it or you can’t. –Frank Shorter

It is the illusion that we can go no faster that holds us back. –Kenny Moore

The way I see it, you have to view running time not as extra or wasted time, but as important, productive contemplation time. –Fred Lebow

Success is 90 percent physical and 10 percent mental. But never underestimate the power of that 10 percent.–Tom Fleming

Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.–Emil Zatopek

Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line.–Todd Williams

All taken from the chapter titled “Motivation, Positive Thinking,” in 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom, edited and introduced by Bill Katovsky. This little book is full of fantastic quotes and what I like best is that Bill divided them up into topical chapters, such as “Why We Run,” “Women Only,” “Training,” and “Racing,” among others. He also adds a small introduction to each chapter, setting the tone for what’s to come. I can’t imagine there’s a runner out there who wouldn’t enjoy having this on his/her bookshelf.

If you’d like your own copy, you can find it on Amazon in both hard cover and Kindle versions. You can also donate to my fundraising campaign for the Ulman Cancer Fund. Every $10 you donate gets you a chance to win a spectacular pile of running goodies, including this book, which I’ll be raffling off in mid-August. I’d love your help!

And if you’re a female and you haven’t heard yet, Zooma is going to be revealing a new race location tomorrow. Check out this video for all the details, and go here for a chance to win a swag bag from the mystery location:

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom to review for free. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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  1. Sounds like a great book!
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  2. Gotta love a good quote. Sad how I can never remember good, insightful ones like these, but I can come up with stupid Saturday Night Live quotes from 20 years ago for almost any occasion. My poor wife.
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  3. I love those motivational quotes. I read over my favorites religiously come a week before a major race.
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  4. 1,001 quotes – I’m sure you could find something every day with so many options!
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  5. LOVE that book! The Kenny Moore quote is talking directly at me!
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  6. Thanks fot the quotes. I needed them this morning when I stayed in bed rather than going out running.
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  7. Love good motivational quotes:)

    I still think you should consider ZOOMA GL:)
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  8. I love that Kenny Moore quote- I’ve found that to be very true. Our mind can set our limitations if we let it!
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  9. Excellent quotes!!!!!
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  10. I’ve been practicing my mental racing game as I run, envisioning myself crossing the finish line in my goal time. I’m not sure what else to visualize, so I hope that one little visualization helps.:)
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  11. I love motivational quotes. I have a chalk board in the hallway where I’ll write ones that I find and that speak to me in the hope that they’ll inspire my boys.
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  12. Great quotes, I especially love “Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either” as I have been really sluggish lately and if I decided not to run each morning I’m feeling that way, I would not be running at all. So I push myself to get out the door and get those first few miles under my legs and then all of a sudden I feel better! So this quote will be my new saying to myself in the mornings.
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  13. I love those quotes. I think I want to make some up and post them around the house for when I don’t feel like moving!
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  14. Great quotes! I should put some on the inspiration board I’m going to make to put above my treadmill once we get settled into our new place.
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  15. Love all the motivation! Thanks for sharing!
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