MARS “Springs” Into Action?

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It’s supposed to be spring but Muskoka didn’t get the memo.  The great thing about being a runner is that we run in spite of the weather conditions, and sometimes to spite the weather.  As MARS prepares for its first organized run, tomorrow (Tuesday April 2) from 6:30-7:30 am at the Conroy Track, we thought we might inspire you with some running quotes, some specifically about lousy weather!

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people”- Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike

 “A guy who has run twenty Boston Marathons was once asked, ‘Don’t you feel like skipping a day when it’s raining?’ The old road warrior replied, ‘If you start skipping runs because the weather’s too lousy, pretty soon you start missing runs because the weather’s too nice!’”- John Hanc, excerpted from 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom

 “When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t”-Peter Snell

 “There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race”- Emil Zatopek, Olympic distance runner

 “Runner’s don’t get rained out, they get rained on” – Unknown

“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

“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” – Emil Zatopek

“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” – Percy Cerutty

“If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.” – Emil Zatopek

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement”- Steve Prefontaine

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens

“There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.” – George Sheehan

“Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.” – Jimmy Carter

“Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.” – Author Unknown

“Running is real and relatively simple – but it ain’t easy.” – Mark Will-Weber

“Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medallist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory.” – George Sheehan

“A runners 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

“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” – Peter Maher

“Some people don’t have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters”- Author Unknown

 “Cross Country philosophy — the faster you run the faster you’re done”- Author Unknown

 “It’s rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud”- Adidas ad

 “The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world”- Sebastian Coe, holding his fingers up to his head

“The great thing about athletics is that it’s like poker, sometimes you know what’s in your hand and it may be a load of rubbish, but you’ve got to keep up the front”- Sebastian Coe

 “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 run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want — Why? Because
(a) you’ll burn all the calories you consume,
(b) you deserve it, and
(c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.”
– Don Kardong

 “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts”- Steve Prefontaine

 “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

 “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards”- Alberto Salazar

 “The marathon is like a bullfight. There are two ways to kill a bull, for instance. There is the easy way, for one. But all the great matadors end up either dead or mauled because for them killing the bull is not nearly as important as how they kill the bull. They always approach the bull at the greatest risk to themselves, and I admire that. In the marathon, likewise, there are two ways to win. There’s the easy way if all you care about is winning. You hang back and risk nothing. Then kick and try to nip the leaders at the end. Or you can push, challenge the others, make it an exciting race, risking everything. Maybe you lose, but as for me, I’d rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, then run a conservative, easy race only for a win”- Alberto Salazar

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