Words to Live By

The months of training are done, and the marathon awaits in three days. How do I measure success? It’s not how I do in the race…it’s how I did in training. And the words I try to live by during the ups and downs of a long, 18 week marathon training program come from Emil Zatopek.

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

I missed a few runs because I broke two ribs in a fall. But that’s how it goes. Not once did I say, “Screw it…I’ll run tomorrow.” Because that’s not how it works.