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If you want to win something, run 100 meters.
If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
- Emil Zatopek
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I believe in the runner's high, and I believe that those who are passionate about running are the ones who experience it to the fullest degree possible. To me, the runner's high is a sensational reaction to a great run! It's an exhilarating feeling of satisfaction and achievement. It's like being on top of the world, and truthfully... there's nothing else quite like it!
- Sasha Azevedo
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Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible.
- William Shakespeare
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The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare.  
- Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
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It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.
- Ann Trason
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I have met my hero, and he is me.
- George Sheehan
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He does everything wrong but win.
- Larry Snyder, Ohio State track coach, about Emil Zatopek's contorted style of running.
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To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.
- Emil Zatopek
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We forget our bodies to the benefit of mechanical leisure. We act continuously with our brain, but we no longer use our bodies, our limbs. It is the Africans who possess this vitality, this muscular youth, this thirst for physical action which we are lacking. We have a magnificent motor at our disposal, but we no longer know how to use it.
- Emil Zatopek
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I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me.
But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
- Emil Zatopek describes his marathon win at the Helsinki Olympics
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