1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom


Bill Katovsky, founder of Tri-Athlete Magazine, has completed the Hawaii Ironman twice and is coauthor of Embedded: The Media at War in Iraq, which won Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize; and editor of 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom: Advice and Inspiration for the Open Road, as well as co-founder of the Natural Running Center.

Within the pages of 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom: Advice and Inspiration for the Open Road, edited by Bill Katovsky (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2012), runners will find a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and even a little humor to encourage them in their passion. As Groundskeeper Willy from The Simpsons once said, “There’s nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman.”

 But whether comical or serious, the quotes contained here represent the finest writing and wisdom on running. Geared toward anyone from the marathon enthusiast, newcomer to running, or friend of one, the collected musings are poignant, sentimental, and inspiring. 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom covers a wide swath of topics, ranging from training and motivation to diet, and even barefoot or minimalist shoes—a new trend inspired by the national bestseller, Born to Run.

Some of the quotes in this fascinating and contemporary collection include:

“I started the Boston Marathon as a 20-year-old girl,

 and came out the other end a grown woman.”

Kathrine Switzer

“A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.”

Steve Prefontaine

“Don’t worry, everyone slows over time.”

Bill Rodgers

“Speed is sex … distance is love.”

David Blaike, Canadian ultrarunner

“Gazelles run when they’re pregnant. Why should it be any different for women?”

Joan Ullyot, MD

“Run softly by imagining a helium balloon attached to your head.”
Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Dan Kuland,

US Air Force chief of health promotion

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Ryun


“The mile has all the elements of drama.”

Roger Bannister

“Anything worth doing is going to be difficult.”
Fauja Singh,

100 years old, after finishing the 2011 Toronto Marathon in 8:25


Whether for practical use or just for fun, 1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom is a great companion to every runner.  I’m sure, one way or another you have found your own mantra for running or why you run.  What’s yours?

You may order a copy through Amazon.com for your kindle  for a sale price of $9.39


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