"It doesn't matter what your age is, if you put the time in, you're going to get out what you put into it. I strongly believe that. I feel that good things will happen if you work hard."
Sheri Piers, who set her marathon best of 2:37:04 at age 37
"After the race, I mused on marathon running...and how it provides males with insight into another exception, the experience of childbirth. In both cases, marked agony and exhaustion are subsumed by such lasting gratification that you are moved to repeat the process."
Jerome Groopman in The Boston Marathon, by Joe Falls
"Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason. "
One of New Balance's Top 10 Reasons to Run a Marathon
"There's no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It's all about heart. "
Bear Grylls, Host of Man vs. Wild
"Wrapped in our silver capes and adorned with medals and salt streaked caps as our crowns, we were princesses of pain, loving every minute of it. Isn't it the weirdest thing?something so damn hard, so humbling, so fickle, so painful, is also the thing we seek on purpose? Sitting there, surrounded by my friends and cracking up, I had a flash of myself at age 70. "
Kristin Armstrong, after running the 2011 Boston Marathon