Friday, October 29, 2010

I just love this


"Cassidy sought no euphoric interludes. They came, when they did, quite naturally and he was content to enjoy them privately. He ran not for crypto-religious reasons, but to win races, to cover ground fast. Not only to be better than his fellows, but better than himself.

To be faster by a tenth of a second, by an inch, by two feet or two yards than he had been the week or year before. He sought to conquer the physical limitations placed upon him by a three-dimensional world (and if Time is the fourth dimension, that too was his province).

If he could conquer the weakness, the cowardice in himself, he would not worry about the rest; it would come.

Training was a rite of purification; from it came speed, strength. Racing was a rite of death; from it came knowledge. Such rites demand, if they are to be meaningful at all, a certain amount of time spent precisely on the Red Line, where you can lean over the manicured putting green at the edge of the precipice and see exactly nothing."

"Running to him was real, the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free

."That quarter mile oval may be one of the few places in the world where the bastards can't screw you over, Quenton. That's because there's no place to hide out there. No way to fake it or charm your way through, no deals to be made.

You know all that stuff. You've talked about it. It's why you became a miler. The question is whether you are prepared to live by it or whether it was just a bunch of words."

John L Parker "Once a Runner".


Tracy Reifkind said...

my love,

anyone that has never been a high level competitive athlete should never talk trash....

Trash is a luxury of those who sit on the sidelines.

Mark Reifkind said...


it's so cool that you 'get it'. that's because you're hardcore to the core. You live in that space.

Aaron said...

As a high school runner, Pre was my idol. I can recall watching and reading stories about him thinking "I am going to be just like him someday" His mental toughness was what inspired me.

Mark Reifkind said...

Pre was insane. I loved his spirit. Have you seen the movie about him with Jerod Leto? Excellent.

Aaron said...

I did! One of my all time favorite motivational movies. When I was in high school I used read and re-read an old Runner's World write up I had. To this day I credit those articles about him that gave me such an unbreakable spirit. Maybe not to the extent he had but more than most. Let's hope that spirit helps get me past the RKC in April!!!

Aaron said...

"And in those simple beautiful movements I remembered what was really important in training; that consistency trumps intensity;...."

I love the quote. Do you have any objections if I post it in my blog as well?

Mark Reifkind said...


use the quote, absolutely.

Mark Reifkind said...


that spirit IS what the RKC is about and it will get you through.