Saturday, May 27, 2006

Herb Elliott on Percy Cerutty

Herb Elliott on Percy Cerutty

One of the worlds greatest milers on one of the greatest running coaches.Some of his great quotes:

"Think … deeply … and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do." --Percy Wells Cerutty

“Watch children run, and go and do likewise.” -- Percy Wells Cerutty

``Pain (and fatigue) is weakness leaving the body." – Percy Wells Cerutty

``The thing that marks the super athlete is his capacity to suffer, and stand up to continued suffering." -- Percy Wells Cerutty

“For most athletes there is a huge gap between what they would like to accomplish, what they believe they are capable of, and what they actually can accomplish, and finally what they really have the potential to accomplish through structured and systematic training.” – Percy Wells Cerutty

“Emphasize the values of Stoic persistence, Franciscan self-denial, Christian simplicity, Olympic dreams, Spartan strength, and Primitive Warrior fearlessness in everything you do in life, and you will find success.” -- Percy Wells Cerutty

"The secret to winning: If it hurts, make it hurt more." -- Percy Wells Cerutty

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." – Percy Wells Cerutty “You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone.” – Percy Wells Cerutty


Joefitness said...


Royce said...

I need to write these down in BIG letters in my courage corner!!!

Thanks for the post.

Mark Reifkind said...

Yes, they are words to live and train by.

Franz Snideman said...

WOW! Pain is weakness leaving the body - great quote!

Anonymous said...

I don't believe Cerutty ever said-- pain and fatigue is weakness leaving your body--sounds like a bastardized version of the marine slogan.In fact, a,few of those quotes are suspect--how come the author didn't give sources where those quotes were taken from?

Mark Reifkind said...

Cerutty was Eliot's coach. He would know what he said.