"I definitely feel the pain. My body hurts really bad, but… I have to push through it"
"Never go on a diet from a mental space based on self-loathing. You will either fall off the wagon, or end up with a messed up relationship with food. Keep emotions out of it. You have to think like a guy:)"
"Mental tenacity — and the ability to manage and even thrive on and push through pain — is a key segregator between the mortals and immortals in running."
Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive of the New York Road Runners
"When I run by myself I have my most intimate thoughts. I look for meaning in some of my important memories, I work through present difficulties, and I try to chart the best course for my future. I also do a lot of dreaming when I run. I can’t tell you how many state championships I won in my mind back in high school, how many NCAA titles I won in my fantasies at the University of Colorado, and how many Olympic medals and major marathons I’ve won in my head in the past few years."
"Running fast and running far is not about winning. It’s not about money. It’s not even about suffering, or redemption. It’s about discovery. It’s about finding one’s path. It’s about using experience in life to shape something completely different. That’s the art of living."