Running is often a time of reflection and introspection for me. When it comes to sticking to fitness goals and living a healthy, well-balanced life, motivation and faith are key drivers that help me to stay the course. These are some verses from the Bible and quotes from others that give me pause throughout the journey.
Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
-The Bible, First Corinthians 9:24-27
I like to say, and I truly believe, that every run brings new experiences. You just don’t know what they might be until you actually do the run. That’s one of my major reasons for pushing out the front door as often as I do—the adventure of it all.
–Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large, Runner’s World
I grew up believing that once you completed a marathon it was as if you had been sworn into a secret society. A society of runners who become sisters and brothers, bonded by blisters, chaffing, dehydration, cramping and intense pain! We will have endured the same rigorous path together.
-Shalane Flanagan, American distance runner
Running in the morning has me appreciate all the choices that come later in the day. The choices I make after running seem healthier, wiser and kinder.
-Deena Kastor, Olympic medalist and American record holder
The genuine marathoner is a rare breed indeed: half athlete and half poet, part rock-bottom pragmatist and part sky-high idealist; completely, even defiantly individual and yet irrevocably joined to a select group almost tribal in its shared rituals and aspirations.
–Joel Homer, Marathons: The Ultimate Challenge
Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.
-Kevin Nelson, The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration
If I don’t run for a few days, I feel like my insides are dirty. The run kind of scrubs my veins and arteries, and then all starts to feel right with the world. I’m not one of those fanatical people that if I miss a run, I go nuts. But when it’s something you love, you make sure you have the time to do it.
-Daryn Kagan, former CNN Anchor and creator of the award-winning DarynKagan.com
The best part of a run? The birds chirping, the awesome air, and the fact that a lot of people are still sleeping. The worst? The first couple of steps. Just getting the creaks out.
-Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medalist in swimming and TV commentator