You know the face.
That look we get when the discomfort really starts to set in.
We can feel the finish line. It’s only minutes away. The faster we run, the sooner the pain will end.
Yet, this pain is not suffering. We want this, crave it. It gives us a high and makes us feel human. Non-athletes don’t understand that we choose this.
“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that men are separated from the boys.” -Emil Zatopek
The person who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a person who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged. No matter how logical the plans, they cannot be carried out without physical pain.”
“I wanted to quit because I was suffering. That is not a good enough reason.” -Ted Corbitt
“It only hurts up to a certain point, then it doesn’t get any worse.”
“The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.”
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