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Cross Country Running Quotes
Who runs in circles never gets far.
- Thornton W. Burgess, Bowser the Hound
When I was about 14 or 15, and running in a pretty muddy cross country race, one of my shoes stuck in the mud and came off. Boy, was I wild. To think that I had trained hard for this race and didn't do up my shoelace tightly enough! I really got aggressive with myself, and I found myself starting to pass a lot of runners. As it turned out, I improved something like twenty places in that one race. But I never did get my shoe back.
- Rob de Castella
I prefer running without shoes. My toes didn't get cold. Besides, if I'm in front from the start, no one can step on them.
- Michelle Dekkers
The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you're nothing but hoof prints.
- Ed Eyestone
A running machine, that glides over mud, crud and goop.
- Ed Eyestone
Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time.
- Rollie Geiger
For something to hurt that bad, and feel so good, it's just inexplicable.
- Adam Goucher, NCAA XC D1 Individual Champ - 1998
The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It's woman vs. nature.
- Lynn Jennings - Three-time World XC Champ
The footing was really atrocious. I loved it. I really like Cross Country; you're one with the mud.
- Lynn Jennings
The secret of cross country is to do everything we on the track and take it into the bush.
- Mike Koskei - Kenyan XC Coach
We told our guys to hold on for 30 minutes of agony for 12 months of glory.
- John McDonnell - Arkansas XC Coach
School cross country runs started because the rugby pitches were flooded. There was an alternative: extra studying. This meant there were plenty of runners on sports afternoons.
- Gordon Pirie
Inevitably, there's some official bellowing: "Come on! Run through the chute! Keep it movin'...Keep it movin'!" But you're bent over, gasping, admiring with salt-stung eyes the good, honest mud of battle, the trickle of blood from a spike wound, splattered on your still-quivering legs and too-old (but still lucky) racing shoes. What could be more beautiful?
- Description of the finish of a Cross Country Race from The Quotable Runner, Edited by Mark Will-Weber
Ask yourself: "Can I give more?" The answer is usually: "Yes".
- Paul Tergat
It’s probably the toughest distance race in the world to win. World class runners from 1500m to the marathon contest it and instead of just three runners from each country, like in the Olympics or World Championships, in the senior men's race there are nine.
- Paul Tergat - Quote about the IAAF World XC Championships
Running cross country is pure. It's a race against yourself, other runners, and nature.
- David Tiefenthaler - creator of tips4running.com
Fear is a great motivator.
- John Treacy - Two-time World XC Champ.
Get out well, but not too quickly, move through the field, be comfortable. Strategy-wise, go with your strengths. If you don't have a great finish, you must get away to win. I've always found it effective to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little and you're gone before your opponent gets over the top. Also, around a tight bend, take off like holy hell. I've done that a number of times. You should not be flying down the home straight. Most of your efforts should have been put forth earlier.
- John Treacy
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.
- Juha Väätäinen, Finland
Some coaches think it's 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. Well, let me train them 90 percent and then give me 10 percent mental. You get them as fit as can be, and the mental aspect will take care of itself.- Coach Mark Wetmore, University of Colorado CC Coach
I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster.
- Robin Williams
Anonymous Cross Country Running Quotes
Most men take the straight and narrow. A few take the road less traveled. I chose to cut through the woods.
Cross-country. Finally a good use for golf courses.
Running is for everyone... Cross Country is for athletes.
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Cross country is a mental sport and we're all insane.
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