Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Quotes on the Marathon

No running today. Just rest. Six days and counting until Boston. I was doing some research for a sermon a week from Sunday and I ran across some really cool quotes about the marathon...

You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough. - Bill Persons

To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind. -Jerome Drayton

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming. -Frank Shorter

Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when awareness comes, it is excruciating. -John Farrington, Australian marathoner

There is the truth about the marathon and very few of you have written the truth. Even if I explain to you, you'll never understand it, you're outside of it. -Douglas Wakiihuri speaking to journalists

I felt like I played in a very rough football game with no hitting above the waist. -Alan Page, former NFL football star

I'm never going to run this again. -Grete Waitz after winning her first of nine New York City marathons

The marathon can humble you. -Bill Rodgers

I am too tired, even to be happy. -Gelindo Bordin, Italy, immediately after winning the Olympic Marathon in Seoul

I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known. -Emil Zatopek's description of the Olympic Marathon win in Helsinki

Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count. -Barry Magee, marathon bronze in Rome, 1960

A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you've done it you feel that you can do anything. -Author Unknown

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