I have been running ever since my days at Portland University and these days I try to run at least 10K each morning between Monday to Friday. My friend Heather Weber Merrill Lynch associate usually comes with me although as you can imagine, she is a busy girl with her job. Despite the fact that I have been running for a long time, I still get tired and I still need to break through that wall. In order to get through that wall, I have a track on my phone of me reading out motivational quotes to push me through those hard time. I thought I would share some of those quotes with you today in the hope that you can do the same as me, and break through that wall!
“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”
“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.”
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Joyce Carroll Oates
“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.”
“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.
“You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough.”
Sir Roger Bannister
“The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that. There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records.”
And favorite from George Patton
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
How do you get through that pain barrier when you are running? Let us know in the comments section below.