We don't run, we just talk about it!

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. - Michael Jordan 

 To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."- steve prefontaine

"The fear of failure is the number one cause for people giving up before reaching their prize in life. Failure will raise its haunting head and attempt to stand in the way of where you are headed. Along the path to winning are pitfalls made to catch the losers. Only those with their eye on the prize will reach their goal." -unknown

: "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa

"Accept pain--not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it."
-Dr. George Sheehan

: "Success is a Choice" rick pitino


: "The only place you'll find SUCCESS before WORK is in the dictionary."

"Most people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." Steve Prefontaine

· No negative thoughts cross my mind on race day. When I look into their eyes, I know I’m going to beat them. ~Danny Harris

· Pain is temporary; pride is forever

· Somewhere out there someone is training when you are not. If you race him, he will win. ~Tom Fleming

· Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I can run what you cannot

· Pain is weakness leaving the body

: You don’t have to have the lead if you have the courage to come from behind

· Your toughness is made up of equal parts: persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head. ~ Joe Henderson

· Some individuals dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them. ~ Beth Lukens

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. ~ William W. Ward

· Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it. ~ Michael Johnson’s trainer

: Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz

Running is real and relatively simple - but it ain't easy. - Mark Will-Weber

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, like the muscles of the body." Lynn Jennings

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." —Oprah Winfrey

"A runner's creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best." —Ken Doherty

Learn as if you were to live forever;
Compete as if you were to die tomorrow.
-John Wooden

If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much, and winning is not very exciting. Anonymous

: "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."--Stephen King

It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice. Eric Lindros

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. Roger Bannister

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. George Halas

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." -Vince Lombardi

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. -Michael Jordan

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. -Herschel Walker

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success. -Charlie Finley

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do. -A J Kitt

There's no substitute for guts.
-Paul "Bear" Bryant

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. -Lou Holtz

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
-Joe Paterno

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
-Joe Paterno

To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. -Tony Dorsett

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. -Gale Sayers

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination
-Tommy Lasorda

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
-Coach Darrel Royal

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it-as long as you really believe 100 percent.
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Winners never quit and quitters never win. -Unknown

: Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time. -Lou Brock

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. -Satchel Paige

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
-Vince Lombardi

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top.

: The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.
-Dennis Waitley

You learn you can do your best even when it's hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
-Joe Namath

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself. -Shannon Miller

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.
-Bruce Jenner

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. -Steve Young

To be prepared is half the victory. -Miguel Cervantes

"If you can imagine it, You can achieve it.
If you can dream it, You can become it."
-William Arthur Ward

: "The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become."
-Harold Taylor

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." Muhammad Ali

· The talent to be a great runner is a gift to you from God; utilizing that talent is a gift from you to yourself.

· Winning isn’t everything, but the effort to win is.~ Zig Ziglar

"A winner solves his problems, but a loser is defeated by his" ~Anonymous

"Do or do not there is no try!"-- Yoda

:"Losers become winners by doing what it takes to become winners.""

"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-Christy Mathewson

I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you." -Seve Ballesteros

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. " -Tom Landry

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. -Vince Lombardi


"Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself."
-African-American proverb

"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results."

"Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face."


"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
-Michael Jordan

"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." -Wayne Gretzky

: "Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears." -Bobby Jones

"Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them."
-Brad Burden

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
-Robert F. Kennedy

"A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team."

"Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things." -M.D. Boyer

"If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose." -Unknown

: "In order for there to be ups, there must be downs. Remember all your failures, so when you succeed you can look back and have pride that you had strength enough to overcome." -Unknown

"All glory comes from daring to begin." -Unknown

"When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don't let failure discourage them." -Mary Ellen Clark

"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there." -Bo Jackson

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself." -Henry Ward Beecher


"The only thing better than winning is losing knowing you gave your best."
-Michael Ip

"Winners make goals, losers make excuses." -Unknown

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." -Henry Ford

"We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try." -Tom Clancy

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden

The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves." -Anonymous

When you believe you can-you can! Maxwell Maltz

Mental attitude is more important than mental capacity. Walter Dill Scott

Milton Garland: My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it.

You can't like it until you obtain expertise in that work. And once you are an expert, it's a pleasure

Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

John Wooden: It is not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

Steve Ballesteros: To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.

Henry Ford: You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

Jerry West: You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.

George E. Woodberry: Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

Dwight Eisenhower: No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.

Paul Coffey: Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work hard to get better.

Mike Ditka: The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.

Milton Berle: I'd rather be a "could-be', if I cannot be an "are'; because a "could-be" is a "maybe" who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a "has-been" than a "might-have-been', by far; for a "might-have-been" has never "been", but a "has" was once an "are'.

Peggy Fleming: The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.

Chuck Noll, ex-Pittsburgh Steelers Coach: Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.

H. Ross Perot: Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment.

Richard Bach: Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

Special Olympics Motto: Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Vincent Lombardi: Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work.

Unknown Author: Achieving starts with believing.

Thomas Jefferson: I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.

Erica Jong: Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

Charles M. Schwab: When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.

Mahatma Gandhi: If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Robert Half: Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Zig Ziglar: You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.

Darwin P. Kingsley: You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.

Marcia Wieder: Willingness is essential in any initiation or in making an dream come true. I can't often means I won't. You can change I won't to I will with will power.

Harvey Mackay: People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.

Unknown Author: If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

Andy Munthe: A shot glass of desire is greater than a pitcher of talent.

Napoleon Hill: The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.

Unknown Author: The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Zig Ziglar: You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

"The second easiest thing in life to do is to criticize, the easiest thing in life?.....to give up"

A Stotan is a cross between a Stoic and a Spartan. Olympic coach Percy Cerutty coined the term to describe one of his athletes, Herb Elliot. The Stotan Philosophy is a way of training; the single-minded determination to be the greatest. A Stotan is tough and he shows no pain. A Stotan Day is a day in which no one backs off. It is a person's mind that stops him from working as hard as he can at all times. The mind tries to protect a person; therefore holding him back. When the person lets go of the idea that he can't do something, there is nothing to stop him from being the best. A Stotan does just that -- never backs off, and never believes he can't do something.

"Mind is everything: muscle--pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind."
-- Paavo Nurmi

"Your training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're beaten. "
- Scott Martin

"Being Challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional"-Roger Crawford

"Cross Country-The true test of how far and how fast the body can run, everything else is just some game somebody made up."

Winners believe they can win.

Any time you try to win everything, you must be willing to lose everything. - Larry Czonka

Part time runners get part time results.

People cannot understand why a man runs. They do not see sport in it, argue that it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. In running, it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to control and master himself and his emotions. - Glenn Cunningham

"Cross Country isn't what you do...It's who you are" - Anonymous

Life is short... running makes it seem longer. Baron Hansen

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."

"The mind learns the body can go at least a bit farther even though it feels increasingly uncomfortable."

"The finish line isn't given, it is earned."

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work."

There is no room for frills when you're fighting the lone battle against yourself. It's something only a runner would understand. -Saucony

Winning isn't always a victory, losing isn't always a defeat

"If you push through the pain barrier into real agony, you are a champion"

How Bad do you Want To Be Good?

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” Benjamin Franklin

“I thought the race could be won in the last kilometers in the park. Every hill I ran in training I ran to gain an extra step in the park.”

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work."

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.


"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."-Calvin Coolidge

"Whenever you start-give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn't enough; dreaming about it isn't enough; thinking about it isn't enough. You've got to study for it, work for it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you." -General Colin Powel

"There's no traffic jam on the extra mile." -Unknown


Unfortunately, the road to anywhere is filled with many pitfalls, and it takes a man of determination and character not to fall into them. as I have said many times, whenever you get your head above the average, someone will be there to take a poke at you. That is to be expected in any phase of life. However, as I have also said many times before, if you see a man on top of a mountain, he didn't just light there! Chances are he had to climb through many difficulties with a great expenditure of energy in order to get there, and the same is true of a man in any profession, be he a great attorney, a great minister, agreat man of medicine or a great businessman. I am certain he worked with a definite plan, and an aim and purpose in life and, will be eenvied by those less successful. I have always thought that the following little verse contained a good philosophy for every coach:

By your own soul learn to live,

and if men thwart you, take no heed,

If men hate you, have no care;

Sing your song, dream your dream,

hope your hope and pray your prayer.

I am sure that if a coach will follow this philosophy of life, he will be successful. To sit by and worry about criticism, which too often comes from the misinformed or from those incapable of passing judgment on and individual or a problem, is a waste of time.

-Adolf Rupp * college basketball coach*


If you think you're beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don't.

If you'd like to win, but think you can't;

It's almost a cinch you won't

If you think you'll lose, you're lost;

For out in the world you'll find

success begins with a fellow's will;

It's all in the state of mind.

full many a race is lost

Ere ever a step is run;

And many coward fails

Ere ever his work's begun.

Think big, and your deeds will grow;

Think small and you'll fall behind.

Think that you can, and you will;

It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are;

You;ve got to think high to rise.

You've got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go

To the stronger of faster man;

B ut sooner or later the man who wins

Is the fellow who thinks he can.

Its All In The State Of Mind!

"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"Marshal Suvorov, famous Russian General who understood training specificity

Trying is a part of failing. If you are afraid to fail then you're afraid to try.

~ Mrs. Cunningham ~

Racing is a matter of spirit not strength. ~ Janet Guthrie ~

The time your game is most vulnerable is when you're ahead, never let up.

~ Rod Laver ~

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart!" Emil Zátopek (1922-2000)

"Individual glory is insignificant when compared to achieving victory as a team."
---Dot Richardson

"Nobody's more important than the team." ---Rejean Houle

"There's nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good, and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back."
---Billy Martin