When non-running friends ask what I get from running, I answer with this, “The journey is the reward”. From Bart Yasso who shared these thoughts on running:
“I had been deluding myself for years that the purpose of running was to win races, that if I trained hard enough and smart enough and pushed my body beyond all limits, I’d somehow come out on top. It took finally winning a race to expose the flaws of my logic.
Winning is a nice reward—don’t get me wrong—but glory isn’t the payoff. This may sound cliché, but the reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the journey. It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward. It was a lesson I took to heart, and I was glad I did.” – Bart Yasso, My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
“I believe people can do far more than they think they can… You have to be idiot enough to try it.” – Ed Whitlock, a retired mining engineer who completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes 34 seconds to become the oldest person to run 26.2 miles under four hours
“The more I thought about it, the more I began to realise that we run to connect with something in ourselves, something buried deep down beneath all the worldly layers of identity and responsibility. Running, in its simplicity, its pure brutality, peels away these layers, revealing the raw human underneath.” – Adharanand Finn, The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running.
These running quotes shared from a favourite source, Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes.
Until next time…
Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong)