Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Roger Bannister Quotes

Roger Bannister, what a dude.  The first person to run a mile under 4 minutes and an artfully articulate author to boot.  I definitely recommend his book, pictured below.

It's a pretty inspiring book and has some awesome quotes in it.  Below are some of my favorites:

"I found longer races boring. I found the mile just perfect."
I like this one just because I totally agree with it.  It's SOOOO nice when track season rolls around in the Spring after running 5K's all Fall.

"May is a very early time in the year and the weather is usually bad. You cannot run a fast mile race if there is a strong wind, because it makes your running uneven."

"My introduction to track racing was through the background of cross country running, which is not a sport perhaps as popular in America as it is in England."
Same here!

 "The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. "

"You get very tired, and there was a certain amount of pain and you slow up. Your legs are so tired that you are in fact slowing. If you don't keep running, keep your blood circulating, the muscles stop pumping the blood back and you get dizzy."

And perhaps the most famous one of all:
“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable.”

What are your favorite running-related or inspirational quotes? Feel free to leave comments with your answers or anything else you'd like to say!


  1. Breaking the 4 min mile perhaps one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time. Could someone some day break 3 minutes! Sounds daft but I guess they said that about 4 mins

  2. I dunno... 3 minutes sounds a little insane, haha. I think the world record right now is something like 3:45.

    But yeah, that was a pretty crazy thing Bannister did.


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