Because Hal Higdon tells me I can't run the day before my first marathon... I'm writing. God help us all.
Well, technically, I'm not writing... more or less just typing other people's words. Hallelujah, you're saved. Here are some running/marathon quotes, sayings, words that get me all teary eyed (incredibly difficult to do... NOT) and pumped all at the same time:
"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." -John Bingham (Love him!)
"At mile 20, I thought I was dead. At mile 22, I wished I was dead. At mile 24, I knew I was dead. At mile 26.2, I realized I had become too tough to kill." -Unknown
"You don't know how strong you are until being strong is your only option." -Chris's Cause
"In the first half of the race, don't be an idiot. In the second half, don't be a wimp!" Scott Douglas
"The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." -Seen on a marathon spectator sign.
"You've trained too many hours to walk. Move it!" -Seen on a Half Ironman spectator sign.
"There will be days you don't think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have." -Unknown
"Anger is a gift. Harness it and use it." -Thompson (my super awesome Ironman friend)
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." -John Bigham
"Make your last thought before the start of a marathon: "If I'm not worried that I'm running a little too slow in the first half, then I'm probably running too fast." -Jim Fortner
"It's not 26.2 miles, it's 10 water stops." -Unknown (HAHAHAHA!)
"...You must handle the pain with strategy... It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed." -Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon Champ
"I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." -Mike Fanelli
"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal." -Rob de Castella
"When you cross the finish line, no matter how slow or fast, it will change your life forever." -Spirit of the Marathon
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."
In addition to the quotes, these posts have really helped me hang in there during my rest period. Reminding me of key points, what to-do and what not-to-do, as well as a Chicago Marathon overview!