I ran as hard as I could

13 09 2011

I ran as hard as I could. In fact, I hobbled past two people in the last two laps. I was 13th, and way off a PR, but I hit the goal I had set for myself. I absolutely never gave up in the race. Kara Goucher on her performance at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea

Advertisements




Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason

30 08 2011

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.” Tim Noakes, author of Lore of Running





Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other

9 08 2011

“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” Joan Benoit Samuelson





Training is principally an act of faith

6 08 2011

“Training is principally an act of faith. The athlete must believe in its efficacy; he must believe that through training he will become fitter and stronger; that by constant repetition of the same movements he will become more skillful and his muscles more relaxed.” Franz Stampfl, On Running





Breaking the four-minute mile

6 08 2011

‎”Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.” Roger Bannister





Pouring rain

6 08 2011

“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t. ” Peter Snell, former New Zealand athlete and three-time Olympic gold medalist





Improvement and progress

6 08 2011

“So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved.” Nancy Anderson