Sage’s Dictums

“Carpe diem!” [Seize the day!]

-Horace

“Age is not an excuse. It is an advantage. We are older, we have experienced more, we have more to give – – and we understand more.”

– Jovie Narcise, The Bald Runner

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”

Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

“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.”

PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

“If you want to be a marathoner (26.2 miler) forever, try to improve your finish time/PB. If you want to be an ultrarunner forever, RUN LONGER.”

Jovie Narcise, The Bald Runner

“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”

Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile

“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”

John Bingham

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”

Jacqueline Gareau

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

-John Bingham

“In running, 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, New York City Marathon co-founder

“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

“You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted.”

– Joe Henderson

“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”

– John Bingham

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

-Lou Holtz

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”

-Tennessee Williams

“To love someone is to see the face of God.”

-Jean Valjean from “Les Miserables”

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.”

-Anne Rice

“Running. The Human body’s most raw of Freedom.”

-Jeff Blackwell Vlaun, Excerpted from “First Marathons” by Gail Kislevitz

“If you never attempt the ascent, you’ll never know the thrill of swooshing down the other side.”

-Author unknown

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

Dean Karnazes, American ultramarathon runner and author