Carolina Day School Cross Country and Track
Cross Country and Track
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." - Doug Larson
"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep." - Robert Frost
People can't understand why a man runs. They don't see any sport in it. Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. For in running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversay lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.-Glenn Cunningham, two-time U.S. Olympian
Why Do Runners Run?
The Runners' High
"Pain is temporary, but pride lasts forever"
You have to wonder at times what youre doing out there. Over the years, Ive given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. Steve Prefontaine
"If you want to run like Nedeti, think like Nedeti" - Jad Daley
"Before your next marathon, think about a person who helped make your marathon possible. Then consider showing your appreciation by dedicating the race to that person." - Joe Henderson
"There are no standards and no possible victories except the joy you are living while dancing your run....you are not running for some future reward-the real reward is now!" - Fred Rohe, author of The Zen of Running
"On the roads, I can see truth revealed whole without thought or reason. There I experience the sudden understanding that comes unasked, unbidden. I simply rest, rest within myself, rest within the pure rhythm of my running. And I wait." - George Sheehan, M.D.
"I have no control over how fast my opposition can run. It's not like I can tackle them. All I can do is work harder. Smarter. Train when my opposition doesn't. In blood-chilling temperatures. Rain. Sleet. Wind."
"The foot is the best piece of running equipment there is."
"Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run."
"To be a winner . . . all you need to give is all you have."
"You can never run a hill too hard, you will collapse before hurting it."
"To run or not to run? There is not question."
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."
"People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you..."
"The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations."
"In America, anybody can become somebody..."
"A lifetime of training for just ten seconds."
"They have kept me alive over the years. Time has stood still for me. That golden moment dies hard."
"I don't jog because I can't run flat-footed. And at sixty years old you're crazy to be out there running."
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Paulo Coelho (provided by Lauren Dieterich)
"I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed." Samuel Johnson
Take courage and accept the knowledge of understanding
"Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission." ~ Neil Kendall
"Extra effort is the key to success"
"Don't waste a heartbeat!"
"Successful people do things that unsuccessful people won't do"
"Winning begins with an attitude"
"Winning isn't always a victory, losing isn't always a defeat"
"Weak runners wait for opportunities, strong ones make them"
"Winners get the job done, losers make excuses"
"Talk is cheap. Don't tell me what you can do, show me"
"The tougher the experience, the tougher you become"
"It is easier to stay up than to catch up"
"The only one that limits you is yourself"
"Hard work, given time, will beat all"
"Every day is a great day"
"If you want to be great, pretty good is really pretty bad"
"Run hard when it's hard to run" Pavvo
"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." Steve Prefontain
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift." Steve Prefontain
"Start writing a new chapter, for if you live by the book you'll never make history." Ben Sobel
"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat." Herschel Walker
"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost." George Shultz
"You have no control what the other guys goes. You only have control over what you do." A J Kitt
"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital." Joe Paterno
"Set you goals high, and don't stop till you get there." Bo Jackson
"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." Tom Landry
"It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into practice." Eric Lindros
"If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average." M.H. Alderson
"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself. 'Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win...Channel your energy. Focus.'" Carl Lewis
"The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do." Dennis Waitley
"Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big." Anon.
"The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me." Leroy Burrell
"The Principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." Steve Young
"Every morning in Africa a gazell wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up you better be running." Maurice Greene
"We told our guys to hold on for thirty minutes of agony for 12 months of glory. " Coach John McDonnell After Arkansas won the 1993 NCAA XC
"Learn to run when feeling pain: then push harder. " William Sigei
"Ask your self. 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually: 'Yes.'" Paul Tergat
"Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win." Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon Sign
"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you are capable of doing. Attitude determis how well you do it." Lou Holtz
The Ten Commandments of Running
"Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose." Margaret Thatcher
"Success is failure turned inside out." Anon
"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat." Queen
"I hope I have convinced you- the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard." Helen Gurley Brown
"To be successful, the first thing you have to do is fall in love with your work." Sister Mary Lauretta
"To hit a mark, aim above it." Anon.
"If you want a place in the sun, you'll have to put up with a few blisters." Abigail Van Buren
"All adventures, especially into territory, are scary." Sally Ride
"Even cowards can endure hardship: only the brave can endure suspense. " Migron McLaughlin
"A sobering thought What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?'" Jane Wagner
"It is the mind that makes the body." Sojourner Truth
"Go! Go! Go! It makes no difference where, just so you go! Go! Go! Remember at the first opportunity- go!" Jeannette Renkin
"Just go out there and do what you've got to do. " Martina Navratilova
"Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries." Corita Kent
"Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so." Belva Davis
"Runs end. Running doesn't." Nike
"The talent to be a great runner is a gift from God: utilizing that talent is a gift to you from yourself!" Anon.
"Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." Zoe Koplowits
"It is true that speed kills. In distance running it kills anyone who doesn't have it." Brooks Johnston
"Running is a big question mark that's there each and everyday. It asks you: Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?" Peter Maher
"A runner Creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all , I shall still do my best." Ken Doherty
"All it takes is all you got." Marc Davis
"What counts in a battle is what you do once the pain sets in." John Short
"Dream barriers look very high until someone climbs them. Then they are not barriers anymore." Lasse Viren
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