This is one of my favorite quotes from a hero of mine, John Landy. Landy was an Aussie track star back in the 1950’s, and besides being way, way faster than most everyone in the world, (he was one of the first guys to break the 4 minute mile) he was so incredible because of his dedication to his absolutely ridiculous training schedule. He makes my training look embarrassingly inadequate. Some might say he was a bit obsessive, but I really like his perspective on how running is more than just something we do to stay in shape:
“Running gave me discipline and self-expression…It has all the disappointments, frustrations, lack of success and unexpected success, which all reproduce themselves in the bigger play of life. It teaches you the ability to present under pressure. It teaches you the importance of being enthusiastic, dedicated, focused. All of these are trite statements, but if you actually have to go through these things as a young man, it’s very, very important”
If anyone’s interested, the quote is from a really good book I just read, The Perfect Mile. It’s about the 3 runners who worked their butts off to be the first ever to break the 4 minute mile back in the 1950’s. John Landy, Roger Bannister, and Wes Santee. Very good stuff.