“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
Patti Sue Plumer

“So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved.”
Nancy Anderson

“One skill that separates good from almost-good runners is an ability to concentrate for an entire race, whether it is a mile or a marathon.”
Kara Goucher

“Racing is the fun part; it’s the reward of all the hard work.”
Kara Goucher

“Every time I go out and race it’s a goal to go out and run faster than I’ve done before.”
Paula Radcliffe

“Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one.”
Dr. George Sheehan

“No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.”
George Sheehan

“My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.”
George Sheehan

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

“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: ’Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.”
Carl Lewis

“It doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ’I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
Fred Lebow

“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.”
Steve Prefontaine

“I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”
Steve Prefontaine

“I believe in using races as motivators. It’s hard to keep an exercise program if you don’t have a significant goal in sight.”
Bob Greene

“There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, ’I can do this.’”
Gatorade Ad

“For me, races are the celebration of my training.”
Dan Browne

“Every race is a question, and I never know until the last yards what the answer will be. That’s the lure of racing.”
Joe Henderson

“Run your own race at an even pace. Consider the course, the temperature, the weather, and most importantly, your current level of fitness.”
Marty Liquori


“I’m always nervous. If I wasn’t nervous, it would be weird. I get the same feeling at all the big races. It’s part of the routine, and I accept it. It means I’m there and I\’m ready.”
Allyson Felix

“Passing competitors always gives you a lift. It probably has a physical effect, too, because you get a surge of adrenaline.”
Libbie Hickman

“It’s better to run too slow at the start than too fast and get into oxygen debt, which is what 99.9 percent of runners do. You have to learn pace.”
Bill Bowerman

“Slip in behind someone running a similar pace and, yes, draft. It\’s not illegal. It\’s not even poor form. On the contrary, it’s just plain smart.”
Priscilla Welch

“I double-knot my shoe laces. It’s a pain untying your shoes afterward-particularly if you get them wet-but so is stopping in the middle of a race to tie them.”
Hal Higdon

“Different people have different reasons for racing, but one is simply the incentive to get out and run, increase mileage and feel good.”
Hal Higdon

“It’s amazing how the same pace in practice can feel so much harder than on race day. Stay confident. Trust the process.”
Sara Hall

“Be confident in the work you did to prepare for the race. Take a look back at your training logs to remind yourself that you\’ve done everything possible to prepare. The race is the fun part where you get to see the hard work pay off. Enjoy it.”
Desiree Davila

“Fear is gradually replaced by excitement and a simple desire to see what you can do on the day.”
Lauren Fleshman

“When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.”
Doris Brown Heritage

“Good health, peace of mind, being outdoors, camaraderie – those are all wonderful things that come to you when running. But for me, the real pull of running – the proverbial icing on the cake – has always been racing.”
Bill Rodgers

“My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.”
Bill Rodgers

“Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.”
John Trautmann

“I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let’s get down and dirty. Let’s fight it out. It’s raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There\’s no better feeling than that.”
Adam Goucher