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.