"A good run feels like being part of the wind, flowing down the street with a power so strong yet so gentle. It feels like fire, warmth spreading from head to toe instantly. It feels like a shower for the soul, fresh and clear. The sun tickles your fingertips and you could go on forever. In those moments, the world seems so simple and the edge of heaven seems right at your fingertips. And non runners always ask why running is enjoyable. I just shrug because I know the secrets of a distance runner cannot truly be expressed in words to those who have not experienced the wind, fire, and water."

at the start line of the 2-mile.
"Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance. You can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet."
Doris Brown Heritage, first woman to run a sub-5:00 indoor mile (via isensearunner)

(via runmarinarun)

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."
"The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose."

Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi had the names of last year’s victims on his bib.
"To be a runner is to learn continual life lessons. The very act of surpassing personal limits in training and racing will bend the mind and body toward a higher purpose for the rest of my runners’ lives. Settling for mediocrity- settling for good enough- becomes less and less of an option. And with so many in the world all too happy to bask in mediocrity- settling instead of pushing- those who learn to be the best version of themselves know the secret to a full life."
Martin Dugard, To Be A Runner (via initforthe-longrun)

(via a-pure-guts-race)

"It’s not about what you’re capable of, it’s about what you are willing to endure."
Orrin Woodward (via observando)

(via a-pure-guts-race)


Final lap.
"The hardest thing to teach an athlete is the ability to suffer. Those who know how to suffer, know how to win."
"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (via purplebuddhaproject)
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