Dear Runners,

I know that sometimes you just need a little “pick me up”.  Maybe you had a tough week, maybe that project at work isn’t going as well as you’d hoped, or maybe that last run wasn’t as fast as you’d like.  Whatever the reason, we are all human and sometimes you just need to be reminded of how good things are.  So for this note, I am departing from the science, the training and the discipline of running so that we can take a step back and just think about how good running makes us feel. 

The following quotes are all related to running somehow and I hope one or all of them speak to you. 

  • Strength does not come from a physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will – Gandhi
  • Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.  -Patton
  • You paid for the finish medal go get it!
  • It’s not sweat it’s liquid awesome
  • Me and running don’t always see eye to eye. Some days it hurts more than others. But it doesn’t mean I don’t do it. I deal with it and I keep running because not everything that is good for you doesn’t always feels good for you.
  • Every day is the day.
  • One day I won’t be able to run. Today is not that day.
  • The moment you want to stop is usually the moment just before something amazing happens!! 
  • It’s not about how far your legs can take you. It’s about how far your mind can take you.
  • You’ve come too far to quit now
  • It never gets easier, you just get faster
  • It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.
  • You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great…
  • When your legs get tired run with your heart…
  • Motivation gets you started.  Habit keeps you going
  • Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread man!
  • Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up!
  • To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine
  • The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race; it’s to test the limit of the human heart. – Bill Bowerman
  • At the St. Jude Memphis marathon last year, the guy in front of me the whole way had a shirt that said “keep running, because blisters don’t need chemo.”
  • It’s always a good day for running!
  • Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most, define us – Deena Kastor
  • I don’t stop when I’m tired; I stop when I’m done
  •  I <3 to run
  • The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare
  • What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you!
  • If you doubt your power you give power to your doubt
  • I can’t do this, but I’m doing it anyway.
  • Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call upon your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic. ~Tim Noakes
  • No growth in the comfort zone; no comfort in the growth zone.
  • Find your limits; move them.
  • Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
  • If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
  • Your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is. -Kara Goucher
  • When you have nothing left to burn, you’ve gotta’ set yourself on fire.
  • You can either throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.
  • Don’t wish for it; work for it
  • It is difficult to train for a marathon; but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon” –  Aaron Trimble

This video continues out theme of motivation.  Enjoy…

 Run well…


Shawn Herbig is an RRCA Certified Running Coach.  In his day job he owns a market research and data analytics firm called IQS Research. 

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