“Bad runs, injuries and other less than ideal happening will occur. It’s not a question of if, but when. But when they do happen, you have a choice in life. You can either dwell on it and let it consume you, or you can handle it with optimism, laughter, or whatever positive means necessary.”
Good reason to do some Charity Miles, don’t ya think?
“Running is the most brilliant way of showing the mind who’s boss. Your brain may be screaming at you to stop, telling you you can’t keep going, you’re not fit enough, you look pathetic, and still you just keep on running. For someone whose mind has been allowed to dictate rather too much of her life, this is a hugely liberating revelation.”
“It’s a difficult situation, but it’s one that you can come back with. We have many amputees who are veterans. We have actually over 500 disabled veterans with Achilles. In fact, I have a wonderful honor of being able to go over to Walter Reed and I’ll meet someone who’s 3 or 4 weeks out of Afghanistan, and I’ll ask them are you running the New York City Marathon? And they look at me like a twilight zone experience. They say sir, I just lost my leg, I can’t walk. And I say well that’s okay, then we get into a hand-cranked wheelchair. These are all athletes and they pick it up, and the next question is how far could I go and where could I race?”
“When I was growing up in Wakefield, running was for off-season rugby players. When I was growing up a little more in Leeds, running was also for middle-class thirty- to fortysomethings, suddenly aware that their bodies might go soft and amorphous without a bit of care. But when I finally took the plunge and decided to sacrifice myself on the altar of moisture-wicking fabrics, I became aware of a whole new breed: the unexpected runner.”