October 16, 2008

Favorite Inspirational Quotes

On my laptop’s desktop, I have a great program called ATNotes (yes, it says it’s discontinued, but you can still download it – they’re just not providing support anymore, though it’s such a small application that I’ve never had any crashing problems or anything). It’s basically like post-its for your desktop. A lot of what I keep in there are to-do notes, phone numbers, etc, but I also have a few inspirational quotes. My mom absolutely loves this program, and her desktop is crammed so full of notes that you can’t read any of it, but I keep my mine fairly empty. Here are the three inspirational quotes at the bottom of my screen:

“To reach a port, we must sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” -Franklin Roosevelt
This is one of my favorite quotes. Though you wouldn’t know it from my accomplishments, I’m inherently pretty lazy. It’s very easy to drift along without trying, and I love that this quote reminds me to put some effort into what I’m doing to get a better result and .

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney
This one goes along with the theme of doing the impossible. A few years ago, I never would have thought I could even run a mile, and here I am joyfully running a marathon every weekend! Nothing is impossible.

“Nobody says that they wish they hadn’t run today.”
Funny, but I’ve never regretted going for a run! Even if it’s rainy and cold, you always feel great getting home and knowing you toughed it out.

One last quote I want to include comes not from my desktop, and not even from real life, but from my delusional thoughts while running this past weekend’s Hartford Marathon. I was thinking about how I’m always being asked about my hobbies and interests, and I imagined a conversation that would go something like this:
“So what do you do in your spare time?”
“During the week I like to cook, read, work out, watch TV, you know, just boring stuff after work. On weekends I run marathons.”
“Oh, you’re training for a marathon? Which one?”
“No, I mean I run marathons. The past month I’ve done one each weekend.”

So far that conversation hasn’t happened, but I can’t wait till it does!

This post was written as a part of Runners’ Lounge’s Take It And Run Thursday, in which runners from all across the running blogging community come together to post about a single topic. This week’s theme was Running Quotes and Sayings.

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16 thoughts on “Favorite Inspirational Quotes”

  1. I too, love the one about not regretting runs. I totally agree. No matter how miserable a given run might be (bad weather, stomach issues, etc) I always feel great when I’m done.

    There was one in runner’s world last month (or the month before): “There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.”

  2. That is true – I have never regretted a run either. Love the quotes!

    When you have that converstaion, please post!! You are like Dean karnazes with your secret life of running! lol

  3. I also love “Nobody says that they wish they hadn’t run today.” – SO TRUE!

    It’s hard to get me out there, (as I really am inherently lazy, I don’t know what *you* are talking about – heehee) but once I do get a run in – I never regret it.

  4. in line with everyone else…”Nobody says that they wish they hadn’t run today.” is SO true!! even if you felt crappy during a run afterwards you’re proud you stuck through it πŸ™‚

  5. “…reminds me to put some effort into what I’m doing to get a better result and .

    LMAO… you didn’t put the effort into finishing that sentence ;-).

    No one can ever accuse me of not reading their postages!

    Great collection!

  6. “One caution: whenever I look up last year’s results and realize I could place, a ton of fast runners always show up that year and beat me! Annoying πŸ™‚ “

    That is what I am afraid of!!!

  7. Great quotes Laura!!! I also love
    “Nobody says they wish they hadn’t run today!!!

    For me it’s always the opposite! I wish i had run today!!!!

    Thanks for sharing and take care of that knee of yours!!!

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