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The Quotable Runner: Great Moments of Wisdom, Inspiration, Wrongheadedness, and Humor Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Runners aren't known for effusive Knute Rockne sorts of locker room speeches, or Yogi Berra witticisms, but, as seen here, they should be.
Quoted here are great runners and writers about running, from Shakespeare to high school mile record holder, Alan Webb.
Read what Lasse Viren, Emil Zatopek, Bill Bowerman, and Steve Prefontaine all had to say.
Readers of "Runner's World" may know many of these names, but there are some unexpected voices. Oprah Winfrey is there more than once, including, "I'm never going to run another marathon."
There's honesty. Distance star Rob de Castella on marathoning, "If you feel bad after 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."
There's wit. Don Kardong frankly said about registering a race with hills, "You entered a marathon with hills? You idiot."
Then there is the curious odd quotes. Finland's great Olympic marathoner, Lasse Viren enthusiastically revealed his secret to racing success, "Reindeer milk!" Whatever might be dubious about Viren's claim is difficult to argue. Viren won four gold medals.
A treat at the end is a few lines on each person quoted, a sort of mini-bio. I enjoyed learning the new names, and accomplishments of those quoted.
I fully recommend, "The Quotable Runner." It'll put a spark in your day as you head out on the lonely road on runners know.
My favorite quote was; "So you signed up to run a marathon with hills? You idiot."
On the downside, not everything is as worthwhile. There are great quotes in here, but there are also some that aren't that great. But then again, maybe they resonate with other folks so don't just take my opinion of them.
Worth picking up and reading a bit at a time. You could even read one quote a day if you wanted - there's no reason to rush through it - although a couple of quotes are linked subtlety by their placement, and you'd miss the humor created by the author if you didn't catch the relationship by reading them several days apart.
Good quotes both short and long. Took this book to Basic Military Training with me so I have an extra soft spot for it. Helped me get through the 8 weeks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice entertaining book. I pick it up and read parts at my leisure. item arrived in good condiiton and quicklyPublished on December 1, 2012 by John T.
A beautiful collection of runners' quotes - and a terrific resource for bloggers wanting to share quotes with their readers. A nice gift idea...Published on March 13, 2011 by RobinLK
The Quotable Runner is not just a book; it's like having a knowledgable running companion on call 24/7. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by LW
I gave this book to my son, he enjoyed it! He was always quoting runners before, one quote at a time, now he has a book full of quotes, and it has also given him ideas about other... Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Laura E. Kunkel