"It takes courage to do it, be a runner. We all found that out a long time ago. Because it’s about more than fatigue. It’s about pain, and dealing with it for a long time. And it’s about resolve."

John L. Parker, Again to Carthage  (via angel-likes-running)

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"Run for 20 minutes and you’ll feel better. Run another 20 and you might tire. Add on 3 hours and you’ll hurt, but keep going and you’ll see—and hear and smell and taste—the world with a vividness that will make your former life pale."

Scott Jurek, Eat & Run (via zestoftheday)

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"In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain."

Chris Lear - Running with the Buffaloes (via adistancerunner)

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