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The marathon is not really about the marathon, it's about the shared struggle. And it's not only the marathon, but the training.
- Bill Buffum
The marathon's about being in contention over the last 10K. That's when it's about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what's left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.
- Rob de Castella, 1983 World Marathon Championships Winner
"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."
- Rob de Castella
You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand.
- Martine Costello
It is difficult to train for a marathon; but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon.
- Aaron Douglas Trimble (spoken like a true runner!)
To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
- Jerome Drayton
Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when awareness comes, it is excruciating.
- John Farrington
"The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."
- Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon Winner
I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for 26 miles.
- Bobbi Gibb, first woman to finish the Boston Marathon, 1966
I want to run every race with a big heart
- Ryan Hall
"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."
- John Hanc
No marathon gets easier later. The half way point only marks the end of the beginning.
- Joe Henderson
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.
- Hal Higdon
At the two-thirds mark, I think of those who are still with me. Who might make a break? Should I? Then I give it all I've got.
- Ibrahim Hussein
"The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare."
- Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.
- Steve Jones
Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting.
- Veikko Karvonen 1954 European and Boston Marathon Champ
We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message.
- John J. Kelley
"The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon."
- Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder:
Concentrate on small segments of your race at a time. For example, rather than obsessing about the distance that remains, simply complete the next mile in good form...try another, then another, until the race is done.
- Jerry Lynch
Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count.
- Barry Magee
I felt like I played in a very rough football game with no hitting above the waist.
- Alan Page, Former Professional Football Player
I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beatiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here.
- Uta Pippig
Around mile 20 I was feeling so good, I wanted to kiss everyone.
- Josh Ritter
The starting line of the New York City marathon is kind of a giant time bomb behind you about to go off. It is the most spectacular start in sport.
- Bill Rodgers
The marathon can humble you.
- Bill Rodgers
Aiming for the marathon is a task of sorts which can include terrific highs and lows.
- Bill Rodgers
The marathon is like a bullfight. There are two ways to kill a bull, for instance. There is the easy way, for one. But all the great matadors end up either dead or mauled because for them killing the bull is not nearly as important as how they kill the bull. They always approach the bull at the greatest risk to themselves, and I admire that. In the marathon, likewise, there are two ways to win. There's the easy way if all you care about is winning. You hang back and risk nothing. Then kick and try to nip the leaders at the end. Or you can push, challenge the others, make it an exciting race, risking everything. Maybe you lose, but as for me, I'd rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, then run a conservative, easy race only for a win.
- Alberto Salazar
Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon.
- George Sheehan
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
- Frank Shorter
Why couldn't Pheidippides have died here?
- Frank Shorter's comment to Kenny Moore at the 16-mile mark in one of Shorter's first marathons
You can actually suffer a little bit more going slowly than when you're going really fast. A faster marathon might even be easier than a slow one, in terms of what it takes out of you mentally.
- Frank Shorter
"There is the truth about the marathon and very few of you have written the truth. Even if I explain to you, you'll never understand it, you're outside of it."
- Douglas Wakiihuri speaking to reporters who have never run a marathon
Men, today we die a little.
- Emil Zatopek at the start of the 1956 Olympic Marathon
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.
- Emil Zatopek
I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
- Emil Zatopek
Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.
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