Saturday, August 20, 2011


I am having a great day today. Since I got my weekend run in yesterday, today, I was just doing fun stuff like laundry and reading and watching "You Got Mail."
Just to make you jealous, I am completely out of dirty clothes to wash. Yes, unless I strip down and throw what I have on into the washer. The last load is in the washer as I type. Ahhh... I love the smell of clean, fresh laundry.  Smells so good.

I was reading "Running With the Legends." This was a gift from a friend. He was at an used book store one day and came across some running books and bought a couple of books for me. I was reading about Joan Benoit Samuelson. WOW!

I'm going to share with you some quotes from her.

"I learn to put something besides myself at the center of my universe.  That came in handy whenever I tried to feel sorry for myself. I was taught to be tough, to meet challenges without flinching. I was also taught to love myself but to strive to be a better person. I learned to value silence and contemplation. I learned how to earn respect. I came away knowing when to laugh." 

"Real success comes when a person is able to say of one of her accomplishments, 'That is a good job well done,' and then leave the accomplishment behind."

"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. Don't lose sight of your goals. No matter what the obstacles are, don't let anything deter you from your best effort. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do. Be tough, be stubborn, love yourself, and find friends who believe in you."

And lastly, "Recognize your victories." 

Let's share.
Who is your running idol? What is one running quote you live by?
Do tell.


  1. Until recently, I would've said Paula Radcliff, but this week I saw an interview with Matt Long, NYC firefighter and elite athlete who came back from terrible injuries to be able to compete again. Now I think he's my idol. So amazing!

    And this isn't really a running quote, but in high school I had this little rhyme written on my shoes: "I love to run, it makes me smile. I think I'll go another mile!" That pretty much sums it up. :)

  2. Love these quotes, thank you for sharing! Joan is one of my idols she is so amazing. I may have to get that book.

    So jealous of the laundry thing, I have a pile of clean clothes to put away and a pile to wash. Guess I better get busy!

  3. I love the quote so much I put it in my blog! Thanks for inspiring me!

  4. I am NEVER to the point of having no more laundry to clean. *sigh*

  5. You're done with laundry? Gee, want to come over? Haha!

    Great quotes!!

    My running idol is my uncle. He ran ultras back decades ago, and he still holds some Ohio records. :)

  6. Great post!! My favorite running quote is: "pain is temporary, pride is forever!" I saw a sign during a tough half marathon while going up a hill and it helped me so much, it stuck in my head since then :)

  7. Love quotes! And, Megan's too. I might write that one in my shoe for my early morning run on Thursday :-)


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