Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Random quotes from endurance athletes

I ran across these quotes the other day and just had to post them.  Love 'em!

Mark Merchant, gym owner training for the 2011 Death Race talking about his workouts
  • "I intentionally put myself in a situation that I may not finish. So that if by chance that happens to me in real life, I'm going to have more tools in place in order to be able to handle it."
  • "I don't want a program that I'm going to fail. I want a program that makes me THINK I'm going to fail"
Zach Ginerich, winner of the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon (135 mile race through Death Valley)
  • "I probably don't eat the typical stuff. A lot of Skittles, beef jerky, and some kept-cold ravioli. Normal runners go with gel packets, but I learned that I'm kind of happier when I'm eating junk food.
  • "I remember the fist race I did, I started to break down, and I said a prayer. The next song on my ipod was an Eminem song about not quitting and persevering. It's funny to think that God would help you with an Eminem song."
Jonathan Basham, 9th person ever to complete the Barkley Marathons
  • "Part of my training is to take cold showers every night. I'd want the water as cold as it could come out of the pipes just so I could become familiar with being uncomfortable."
Stefaan Engels, ran 365 marathons in 365 days
  • "I'm not saying everybody should run a marathon every day for a year, but do something with your life. Something you don't know if it's possible."
Todd Carmichael, first American to reach the South Pole solo on foot
  • When you turn, you see the tracks behind you kind of lead to the horizon and then they fall away, and that's all you see. It's just beautiful. I mean, you made those tracks." (this one's my personal favorite)

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