Here are some random things that have popped into my head about running. Feel free to add your own.
- A bad run beats not running everytime.

- While I think about stopping numerous times during the first 10 minutes of a run, I almost never do after that.

- Hills suck, particularly 6 x 2 min hill repeats (you know what I am talking about Eric), but however gassed I feel, at the end I always have a sense of accomplishment, especially since 6 months ago I could barely walk up a hill.

- When I am running in the pouring rain or cold I feel so tough I convince myself that I could beat Scott Jurek at that exact moment.

- Coach Joe Vigil's advice to "eat like a poor person" is probably the best dietary advice ever. Add in nutritionist Marion Nestle's advice to "move more" and you have a recipe to be happy and healthy.

- Confidence is infectious. I have a 12 mile run coming up at the end of the month and I am fighting with the gremlin on my shoulder about whether or not I can/should do it. That is the longest I have EVER ran or walked, so we shall see how it goes, but Eric's training plan hasn't steered me wrong yet.

- While learning from your mistakes is all well and good, it is better to learn from someone else's mistakes. That way you avoid the pain and aggravation they did and it gives their suffering or pain a sense of purpose.

- No pain, no gain is one of the biggest lies about exercise.

- Competing with yourself is immensely rewarding, that way you don't have to worry about losing as long as you tried your best you are a winner.

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Comment by J-F lemay on January 20, 2010 at 6:54pm
"The art of life is not to be a person high in rank or accumulating more money. The art of life is life itself." For me that is the definition of ultra running, It takes a lot of time and efforts, it doesn't bring you money but when you do it, make freind and achieve goals you live your life for REAL!!!!
Comment by Eric Orton on January 14, 2010 at 7:16pm
You guys are getting silly now, as the coach and program is only as good as the runner's dedication to it!! So kudos to your dedication.
Comment by Mark Lofquist on January 14, 2010 at 5:53pm
since i'm the 68,000,075th best runner in the world i can probably stand to have the 2nd or 3rd best running coach
Comment by Richard McGaha on January 14, 2010 at 3:27pm
For the last one I should add that since Eric and his program are best for me, that makes him the best coach in the world in my eyes.

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