"Sometimes we find ourselves coming back to running after a time away. And when we do we find it is there waiting for us like a good friend. There might be a myriad of reasons behind our not running – injury, illness, work, family, absence, discouragement or simply a winding down of effort during a long hot summer or a cold snowy winter. But the running doesn't care about the reason for our infidelity. It is just there, patiently waiting for us. We may procrastinate, we may g...ive ourselves a thousand reasons why we cannot run, we may try to forget what it is we love about running, we may try to ignore its pull. But there will come the morning when we finally decide that this is the morning; the injury is healed, the commitments have eased, the heat has passed, the snow has melted, or our motivation has simply returned, and we will bend down to lace up our trainers and take some gentle steps."
– Lizzy Hawker, Runner: A Short Story About A Long Run
"There are no shortcuts, and by perpetually looking for them you are wasting valuable time. This is, in many ways, about changing your mind-set. Your success depends on it. Assume it is going to be hard, a bit mentally and physically painful, challenging on all sorts of levels, and involving some sacrifices, albeit only of the 'giving up the TV and sofa for an hour' variety. I'm afraid that in order to even begin to enjoy running and its numerous benefits, you have to commit to practicing it regularly over a long period of time. It doesn't work any other way."
– Ruth Field, Get Off Your Ass and Run! A Tough-Love Running Program for Losing the Excuses and the Weight
"It's all too easy to accept lying down as your only option, or even just standing still. No one should ever be afraid of failing; it's being afraid to give it your all in trying that I urge against. If there is one thing I have learned, particularly in my life as an athlete, it is that our limits may not be where we think they are. And, even when we think we've finally reached them, the next time we go there exploring we often find that they've moved again."
– Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey
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"[Running] is a hard, simple calculus: Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster."
– Scott Jurek, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness