All this talk about running with intention has got me riled up. And as I rounded the lower loop of Central Park this morning — a cold, soggy run no less — I began to think about what inspires me to run.
Today’s run was somewhat par for the course. With a 10AM phone call, I knew I needed to rush out the door just as soon as I opened my eyes. Yes, I can hardly believe that a run that takes place as 8:30 in the morning these days qualifies as “rushing out the door.” Just weeks ago, my typical estimated time of departure was no later than 7AM.
After so many mornings (are they still considered mornings after the clock strikes noon?) of running at my leisure, it was refreshing to be somewhat constrained by time. Keep on moving was the name of the game; on this morning’s journey, there would be no mid-run push-ups, sit-ups or strolls around the park. Sure, the Bethesda Fountain called me from below the 72nd Street Transverse, but I ignored her charm and continued on. Today, there were tasks to be done.
At any rate, to occupy my thoughts this morning, I turned to my favorite running quotes for motivation. Coincidentally, I find that many of them are applicable to my everyday life.
“But the longer and farther I ran, the more I realized that what I was often chasing was a state of mind – a place where worries that seemed monumental melted away, where the beauty and timelessness of the universe, of the present moment, came into sharp focus.” ― Scott Jurek, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” ― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
“Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10K race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 pounds, or telling someone you love her (or him).”
― Scott Jurek, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” ― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” ― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” ― Meb Keflezighi, Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion’s Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream
“Nature’s arena has a way of humbling and energizing us.” ― Scott Jurek, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
“I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by–you can’t run and stay mad!” ― Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports
“We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.” ― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
“All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.” ― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Ask nothing from your running, in other words, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.” ― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Your turn: Share your favorite running quotes below! I’d love to follow up this post with some of yours.