A Breath of Inspiration

Posted on May 10, 2013. Filed under: Running | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


One important fact I confirmed this week:  Breathing is essential to running.  I’m not talking about breathing technique. I’m talking about the simple act of inhaling and exhaling a single breath of air.

Sometimes it’s not so simple.

The upper respiratory infection I’ve been fighting for over a week is almost gone, thank God.  I think I might have been a pain about it.  This is the first time in 7 years I’ve been sick, have had to take antibiotics, have closed up shop and hung out on the couch watching endless reruns of The Closer.

Finally, it has run its course.

Now that I feel like a lump of, well, something not so good, I need inspiration to hit the pavement again.  Thought I’d share with you some of the quotes that remind me why I run.


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.   ― George Sheehan


No matter how slow I run, I’m still faster than my couch.   ― Anonymous


Even though I can’t tell others whether they should chase their marathon dreams, I highly recommend they do something completely out of character, something they never in a million years thought they’d do, something they may fail miserably at. Because sometimes the places where you end up finding your true self are the places you never thought to look. That, and I don’t want to be the only one who sucks at something.   ― Dawn Dais


The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.   ― Christopher McDougall

man walking

The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.   ― Franklin P. Jones


People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.   ― Dean Karnazes


Jogging is very beneficial.  It’s good for your legs and your feet.  It’s also very good for the ground.  It makes it feel needed.   ― Charles Schultz

boston marathon

If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.   ― Kathrine Switzer


There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.”   ― Kristin Armstrong

Have an awesome week.  Breathe easy; run hard.


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