To describe the agony of a
marathon to someone who's never run it is
like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
- Jerome Drayton
running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting.
- Veikko Karvonen, 1954 European and Boston Marathon Champ
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind
can't know what's coming.
- Frank Shorter
Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so
gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately,
when awareness comes, it is excruciating.
- John Farrington, Australian marathoner
There is the truth about the
marathon and very few of you have written
the truth. Even if I explain to you, you'll never understand it, you're
outside of it.
- Douglas Wakiihuri speaking to journalists
We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something,
run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a
- Emil Zatopek
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