Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

An inspiring quote can help give you a kick in the pants to get out and run, or keep you from breaking down and walking duringa tough workout. Here are some of my favorite quotes by famous runners. Feel free to add yours, the more the merrier!

Jesse Owens wowed the world by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

  • “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” -Peter Maher
  • “Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.” -Steve Prefontaine
  • “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
  • “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey
  • “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham
  • “Again, racing for me was about energy management.” -Frank Shorter
  • “If you want to win anything — a race, yourself, your life — you have to go a little berserk.” -George Sheehan
  • “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” –Steve Prefontaine

I’m a RRCA-certified running coach offering individualized training plans for runners of all levels, but my specialty is beginners and people who want to lose weight.  I love to spread the sport of running to as many people as possible, so we can all share in the health benefits — both mental and physical — of one of the oldest, most effective forms of exercise, and have fun in the process. Forget what your coach or P.E. teacher told you years ago — running is not a punishment but a privilege that connects us with our primal nature while making us stronger people –both physically and mentally, better equipped to handle the stresses of modern life.

Running has been the most positive influence in my life since I first started cross country as an awkward (some things never change) 7th grader. Running has inspired me to live healthier in all areas of my life, as well as helped me connect with so many interesting and inspiring people all over, from the runners with prosthetic legs that ran along side me in the 10-mile obstacle course race at the Chicago Men’s Health Urbanathlon to my French “mom” on an exchange stay in France whom selflessly plodded along beside me in her scarf and flats so I wouldn’t get lost running around her town. From the fellow fanatics running the St. Louis Frostbite Series races in 12-degree temperatures this past winter to my marathon-conquering friends, I continue to be inspired by each runner who is willing to answer the challenge of “Can I do this?” with a “Hell yeah.”

So here’s to you, my fellow runners, for continuing to run and persist through times of pain, pressure, heat, cold and most of all, joy. May the streets of Runstreet inspire you along your path. For additional help and motivation, contact me for coaching and personalized training programs.