Ryan Hall: How do you feel?

Ryan Hall at London Marathon

Ryan Hall at London Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More than the time, it’s about how you feel – you want to be strong throughout the race.Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic Marathoner
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Emil Zatopek: Training

Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek (Photo credit: giefferre)

If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.

Emil Zatopek, Olympic runner.

Frank Shorter: Racing…

English: Frank Shorter, 2002

English: Frank Shorter, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing.

Frank Shorter, U.S. Olympic Marathoner 

Ryan Hall: Suffering

Ryan Hall at London Marathon

Ryan Hall at London Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suffering is an extraordinary teacher.

Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic marathoner