I don't go out of my way to search for athletic related quotes, but here are some that go through my head during training or racing.

"First half of the race, don't be an idiot.  Second half of the race, don't be a wimp." -- Scott Douglas
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional" -- Murakami 
"Winning is achieved on race day. Victory is achieved every day." -- Unknown
"Are the habits you have today on par with the dreams you have for tomorrow?" -- Unknown
"The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don't train so that it doesn't hurt. You train so you can tolerate it."-- Mark Rowland

Let me know if you have any for consideration.


  1. "It's never just a game when you're winning." ­­ George Carlin
    Bad weather always looks worse through a window. ­ Tom Lehrer
    Practice makes permanent.
    A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for. ­ W. C. Fields

  2. Scotty:
    Obsessive is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
    Joe:Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. ­ Emo Phillips

  3. "It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose."Darrin Weinberg
    "It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."Gore Vidal

  4. Metrics:
    Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
    Albert Einstein

  5. No one has ever drowned in sweat.
    Lou Holtz

  6. Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
    - Sam Brown

    “Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching.”
    ― Scott Adams