"God says: “You may have someone in your mind, someone in your heart, someone in your dreams, someone in your life, but I am your someone when you have no one."
“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys with visions of grandeur. It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running even when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner that you can be. And that’s all you can ask for.”
- Paul Maurer"
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For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level.
I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level.
But that’s not the point.
The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”"
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (via try-athlete)