Within these pages, runners will find a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and even a little humor to encourage them in their sport. But whether comical or serious, the quotes contained here represent the finest writing and wisdom on running. Geared towards everyone from the long-distance enthusiast to the relative or friend of one, the musings collected are poignant, sentimental, and amazing. 1,001 Pearls of Runners Wisdom covers a wide swath of topics, ranging from training to coaching to marathons to shoes to diet, and even barefoot or natural running, a new trend inspired by Christopher McDougalls national bestseller, Born to Run. "I started the Boston Marathon as a 20-year-old girl, and came out the other end a grown woman." Kathrine Switzer "It has been said that the love of the chase is an inherent delight in mana relic of an instinctive passion." Charles Darwin "A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." Steve Prefontaine "Dont worry, everyone slows over time." Bill Rodgers "There's nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman." Groundskeeper Willy, from The Simpsons "Speed is sex ... distance is love." David Blaike, Canadian ultrarunner "Gazelles run when theyre pregnant. Why should it be any different for women??" Joan Ullyot, M.D. "Im afraid the reason so many new runners quit is because they never get past the point of feeling like they have to run." John Bingham "Run softly by imagining a helium balloon attached to your head." Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Dan Kuland, U.S. Air Force Chief of Health Promotion "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun "They were the lightest shoes I could find." Ron Hill, elite British long-distance runner, on why he ran barefoot "People [say to] me after a race, 'I get so many blisters from shoes, if I run barefoot, its going to be worse.' And I say, 'Well thats why I stopped wearing shoes because I got tired of getting blisters.'" Ken Bob Saxton, aka Barefoot Ken Bob, has run 76 marathons, 75 of them shoeless, since 1997 "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 "One cannot run away from his behind." African proverb Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sportsbooks about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.