Top Ten Marathon Quotes

If you have ever ran a marathon you will appreciate these quotes.

1. Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist: “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”

2.  Rob de Castella, winner 1983 World Marathon Championships: “If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.”

3.  Emil Zatopek, Czech runner: winner of four Olympic Gold Medals: “We are different, in essence, from other men.  If you want to win something, run 100 meters.  If you want to experience something, run a marathon”

4.  Bill Rogers, winner of four Boston and four NYC Marathon: “The marathon can humble you”

5.  John Hane, running writer: “I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement.  It’s a state of mind: a state of mind that says anything is possible”

6.  Mike Fanelli, running club coach: “I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds.  Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart”

7.  John J. Kelly, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon: “Marathoning is just another for of insanity”

8.  Barry Magee: “Anyone can run 20 miles.  It’s the next six that count”

9.  Frank Shorter: “You can actually suffer a little bit more going slowly than when you’re going fast.  A faster marathon might even be easier that a slow one, in terms of what if takes out of  you mentally”

10.  Hal Higdon, running writer and coach: “The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals”

Now that you have had a good laugh go out for a long run.


One Response

  1. I love these quotes! I have one to add, “I have met my hero, and he is me” (It appeared on a New Balance poster at the Chicago Marathon)

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