Friday Sep 11, 2009

Running Inspirational Quotes from “Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions of an all-night runner”

Just finished reading Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner. This book is authored by Dean Karnazes (popularly known as "Karno") - an ultra endurance runner. The book describes Karno's journey of becoming an ultra endurance runner and is highly inspirational. I give a strong recommendation for any runner to read this book (buy @ Amazon). Here is a very brief list of his running accolades:
  • 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days
  • 9 times solo finisher of The Relay (199+ miles)
  • 11 times silver buckles (sub-24 hour finish) Western State 100-mile Endurance Run
  • 7 times Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles foot race in 120 degrees), won in 2004
  • South Pole Marathon 2002 Winner (only person to complete the event in running shoes)
  • and many many many more ...

Here are some inspirational / motivational / training quotes from the book:

  1. Don't run with your legs, run with your heart.
  2. If running feels good, you didn't push hard enough. It's supposed to hurt like hell.
  3. Go out harder and finish harder.
  4. Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.
  5. Pain and suffering are often the catalysts for life's most profound lessons.
  6. If you had the courage, stamina, and persistence to cross the finish line, you are a champion.
  7. Long distance runners requires a certain discretion and reserve. It's easy to let you ego get the better of you early on and run beyond your means. It's a mistake that may haunt as the miles and the hours add up.
  8. When exhaustion sets in, the mind often rationalizes the irrational. For example, 38 miles = 1 marathon + 2 10 Ks.
  9. Pain is the body's way of ridding itself of weakness.
  10. Most dreams die a slow death. They're conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral.
  11. If you can't run then walk. And if you can't walk then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, even give up.

    A shorter version of the above quote is:

    Run when you can
    Walk if you have to
    Crawl if you must
    Just never give up.
  12. Runners are real people. They don't run for money or recognition, they do it out of passion. Most have day job that pay the bills, and running is a labor of love.
  13. Without discipline to rise before dawn and pound out the miles, you'll never make it. If the fire in your heart isn't strong, there's no point trying.
  14. How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop till you cross the finish line.
  15. When it gets right down to it, the levels of commitment and devotion required to excel as an ultra-endurance athlete are all-consuming.
  16. The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.
  17. Pursuit of a passion matters more than the passion itself. Immerse yourself in something deeply and with heartfelt intensity - continually improve, never give up - this is fulfillment, this is success.
  18. Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.

I only wish to reach up to 10% of his level ... that's my first "baby step". And certainly a dream would be run/train along with him :)

Follow him at @DeanKarnazes or subscribe to his blog.

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Friday Jul 25, 2008

Running Strong with Billy Mills

July 2008 issue (page 96) of Hemisphere Magazine has an interview with Billy Mills - the only American to ever win a Gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at Olympics. He did that in 1964 Olympics @ Tokyo. It is quite an inspiring interview and I read it a few times during my travel this week. I could connect with it more closely now that my upcoming 1/2 marathon is a week away.

I'd like to share some inspirational quotes from there:

"I tried all different sports. Running - even though I wasn't fast in the beginning - brought me tranquility. It was almost spiritual."

His dad was his inspiration who said:

"Look down deeper, where the dreams lie. Find your dream, son. Pursure your dream. It's the pursuit of a dream that heals you."

And another one ..

"It's important to pursue a dream that heals you. With dreams come desire.. With desire comes self-motivation. With self-motivation comes work. With work comes success."

Check out one of the biggest upsets in Olympics:

A movie was created based upon Mills's story in 1983 - Running Brave and it's way at the top in my Netflix queue now! Here is an excerpt from the movie:

Quite an inspiration! Team Hoyt and Dean Karnazes are my other inspirations for running. What motivates you ?

I could not verify the "only American" claim @ Olympics official website because the searchable database allows to search for all sports except "Running". Weird, isn't it ? But check for your self:

Wikipedia comes to help and prooves that Billy Mills has indeed been the only American to ever win a Gold medal in 10,000 meters. Billy has taken running to a different extent now where he is traveling 300 days in a year as motivational speaker and supports non profit group Running Strong.

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Sunday May 13, 2007

Team Hoyt - Highly Motivational

216 Triathlons, 6 Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run in succession), 20 Duathlons, 65 Marathons, 25 Boston Marathons and many more races. 2:40:47 PR on Marathon and 1:21:12 PR on Half Marathon and many more records. This is Team Hoyt - a father-and-son (Dick and Rick) team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races.

This, by all standards, is extreme perseverance. And all the more so because Rick Hoyt was born disabled and suffers from cerebral palsy. Dick carries him in a special seat up front as they bike, pulls him in a special boat as they swim, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. And Dick learned swimming and rode bike for the first time after he was 6 years old. All this because Rick, at the age of 13, mentioned he didn't feel handicapped when they jointly participated in a local 5-mile benefit run.

Read their highly motivating and encouraging story.

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Wednesday Aug 16, 2006

Marathon training: More mental than physical

Practicing for a marathon, to me, is a more mental exercise than physical. I think physically most of us are capable of completing a marathon but training requires motivation, discipline and perseverance. All of these come are mental rather than physical aspects of human psychology. And of these motivation is the MOST important since others follow.

I love running and have been self motivated so far. I found a running buddy few weeks ago but that's only 2-3 days a week. Mostly it's me running alone on rest of the days and all my long runs, for instance, are alone only. I have approx 8 more weeks of intense training and then the taper down starts. Having run slightly over 400 miles in past 11 weeks, I'm hoping to stay motivated all through out.

This article (Getting the MOST Out of Training) accurately summarizes the importance of mental training for a race. Here is a great quote from the article:

"Far too often runners look at mental and physical training separately and this disconnect is usually most evident during training."

 Here are some other articles on staying motivated through the training:

  1. Marathon Motivation (poem)
  2. 25 reasons to run
  3. Running motivation tips and techniques - Great quote from the article "Seek motivation first and the desire to run, and run successfully, will surely follow."
  4. 10 Guaranteed Ways To Burst With Motivation
  5. Psychology - 4Cs (Concentration, Confidence, Control and Commitment)

George W Bush is the only president to have run a marathon. He completed 1993 Houston Marathon in 3:44:52 for a pace of about 8:36/mile. Now that's another source of inspiration for some :)

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