Apologies for this post’s lack of original content, but rather than trying in vain to write a coherent blog post before I head for Buffalo and my date with 26.2 miles, I decided to compile an arbitrary smattering of 10 inspirational quotes. Very arbitrary. You’ve been warned.
Without further ado:
“The biggest reward of marathon training is confidence. A 20- or 22-mile training run cannot be purchased, and it can’t be rescinded. You are the owner of that strength, and it is a powerful force when life tries to knock you down. You have evidence of your tenacity, your ability, and your passion.” – Laura Saladino, runnersworld.com’s Daily Kick in the Butt
“Take a chance and don’t ever look back, don’t ever look back.” – Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
“Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here…This is your time. Now go out there and take it.” – Herb Brooks as portrayed by Kurt Russell, Miracle
“I ain’t settlin’ for just getting by/ I’ve had enough so-so for the rest of my life/ Tired of shootin’ too low, so raise the bar high/ ‘cause enough ain’t enough this time…” – Sugarland, Settlin’
“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe…” – Billy Mills, prior to winning the Olympic 10k in Tokyo
“Believing in other people is easy. Sooner or later, you’ve got to start believing in yourself.” – The Muppets
“On Saturday night, I said to myself, ‘Are you ready to deal with a victory?’ I decided I was.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson, prior to her 1984 Olympic Marathon victory
“He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing. He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.” – Job 39: 21-24, as quoted in Secretariat
“Listen, just go out there and don’t worry about anything…I guarantee you that you will be fine.” – Alex Stanton, coach of Paula Radcliffe, prior to her victory at the World Junior Cross-Country Championships in 1992
* Thank you to Jerry Cantrell for the title of this week’s post.