This is my commitment: to live up to the spirit within me.

{ Unknown }

Running has taken me in and continues to comfort, heal, and challenge me in all kinds of magical ways. I am not a good runner because I am me, I am a good me because I am a runner.

{ Kristin Armstrong }

Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs, the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells “can’t” but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper, “can…” And you discover the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.

{ Unknown }

It takes faith and the courage to risk failure in order to realize one’s destiny. Having had my share of failures throughout my career I know that it is well worth the risk.

{ Ryan Hall }

This is what happens at the end of a marathon. If you aren’t strong mentally, if you go out too fast – anything and everything will bother you. You will find things to get mad about. Your mind wants you to stop. It will try to slow down your body – if that doesn’t work it will attack your mind. Suddenly random body parts will start to hurt. It’s your body. It doesn’t want you to run 26.2 miles. It’s the beauty and the anguish of a marathon. You have to run your body – you can not let it run you.

{ Dorothy Beal, MilePosts }

But it’s more than that. It’s reaching that breaking point, like I did at mile 68. AND NOT STOPPING. It’s knowing that when you have nothing left, you can keep going.

{ Dean Karnazes }

I used to run with self-doubt. Now she can’t keep up.

{ New Balance }

But there is freedom in running. There is liberty and indulgence with time, even 30 precious minutes, if that’s all the day affords. I am reminded—even if not one single thing on my calendar reflects it—that adventure is out there, always whispering to me, calling me forward.

{ Kristin Armstrong }

All your life you are told the things you cannot do. all your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough, they’ll say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. they will tell you no, a thousand times no until all the no’s become meaningless, and you will tell them yes.

{ Nike }

In the midst of regular life, running is the touchstone that breathes adventure into my soul. I can feel the trail under my feet, the press of the hill, the gallop of the track, the burn of my lungs, the stir of wonder and possibility. Running reminds me that there is more to me than what is readily apparent much of the time. I don’t always need to see it, but oh how I need to know it’s there. Like having an alter ego, or a super-cool super-hero identity.

{ Kristin Armstrong }

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.

{ Thomas Edison }

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