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Best of Bart Yasso Running Quotes

Bart Yasso is the Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World magazine and author of the running Book, My Life on the Run.

The following are my favorite Bart Yasso running quotes.

And when I started running, I started dreaming. It couldn’t be helped. The mind works as hard as the body does during exercise. It knows its role during those lonely interludes—to inspire, analyze, and fantasize.

Winning is a nice reward—don’t get me wrong—but glory isn’t the payoff. This may sound cliché, but the reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the dream. It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward.

The acceptance of all abilities is what differentiates running from every other sport. In football, there are 22 people on the field and 60,000 in the stands. It’s the opposite in running. Everyone’s on the field and in the fold.

Running is about acceptance—of yourself and others. When you’re out on the trail sweating, it doesn’t matter if the guy or gal next to you works at a fast food joint or is CEO. It’s doesn’t matter what color they are, or how old they are, or what religion they practice, if any.

I know I feel more like myself when I run, even if it’s only a few miles, or at least I feel like the self I like best. Running inspires creativity, relieves stress, and gives us insight into ourselves and the world, making the human condition more tolerable.

2010 Honolulu Marathon Photos & Pictures

Nearly 23,000 runners took part in 2010 Honolulu marathon. One word to describe the pictures from 2010 Honolulu marathon “Awesome”

Runners from all over the world flew into Hawaii for the 2010 Honolulu marathon

The following picture was taken by Christy Wong
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What a perfect day for a marathon?

To See more 2010 Honolulu marathon pictures and photos go to damned cat flickr page

Funny Sports Athlete Quote

The following quote is the funniest quote I have heard in 2010 from a sports athlete. Although some may disagree with me I think it is cracking.

“The delivery was way worse than a marathon, but in the end my daughter was born healthy so I’m very happy.”

from Japanese Marathoner Reiko Tosa after she gave birth.

Running Quote : Masters Inspiration

A good reason why running is not just for the young.

As Mexico City Games decathlon champion Bill Toomey once said in Track & Field News: “Competition’s too much fun to be left to the kids.”

If you stopped engaging in sports you must have forgotten the last time you had fun. Maybe you should join a running club and remind yourself how fun life is.

Running Quote : Old is Just a Number By Marathoner Paul Evans

Before the 1995 New York Marathon Marathoner Paul Evans from Britain was asked whether being 34 years old he was too old to win NYC marathon this is what he said,

“The registration on the car is quite old, but the engine doesn’t have many miles,”

I think that was a brilliant answer from a guy who left school at sixteen went to work as a cobbler then was laid off at 27. After his cobbler career died he was reborn as as professional athlete. Five years after he started running, in 1993, he finished seventh at NYC marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes 36 seconds. in 1994, he placed fifth in the London Marathon, lowering his personal best by five seconds to 2:10.31.

Running Quote From George S. Patton

George Patton was a great American Soldier but most people don’t know he was also an Olympian. During the WWII he was criticised for his win at all cost/outer aggressive nature (He slapped a soldier on a sick bed, he later admitted he thought the soldier was just faking sickness) but we can learn from his positive philosophy. One of my favourite quote by Patton has to be the following quote.

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Running Quotes By Haile Gebreselassie

Quotes on what pushed Gebreselassie to start running,

“He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.” Haile Gebreselassie

I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really.” Haile Gebreselassie

“In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we’d have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.” Haile Gebreselassie

His father never believed in running

“My father thought sport was something fun – he didn’t know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: ‘Good, you can support not just yourself but me too” Haile Gebreselassie

The most important things for Haile Gebreselassie

“I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first” Haile Gebreselassie

“I’m lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife” Haile Gebreselassie

The future

“At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.” Haile Gebreselassie

His thought on his “crooked” hand

“This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs.” Haile Gebreselassie

Running Quote: Running When Injured

If  you are injured and wondering whether it’s safe to run with an injured ankle, leg or knee, you may find this quote helpful.

“When I was 37, I pulled a groin muscle, and I tried to run through it. A friend asked, ‘You have to decide: Are you going to run for the next two weeks or for the rest of your life?’ Thats been my philosophy ever since.” Richard Hillested, 66, finisher of more than 75 marathons and Ultras.