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Joan Benoit Samuelson Quote on Running

Words That Move You . . .

In honor of National Running Day, here's a quote to remind you that every legend has a beginning.


"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the 1984 Olympic marathon


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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
wow, how crazy!!!
blue-skies blue-skies 9 years
Haha, I was the same! It's a fantastic feeling to realise you have overcome self-consciousness. For me it was running home from the gym along the streets, a lap around the park near my house, and then past all the bars where people were sitting outside on they way to my house. I was ridiculously sweaty and red-faced but I was smiling and feeling so great I didn't care! And this is from someone who used to be so embarrassed about running that I'd rather miss a bus I needed to get on than to run to it.
Blue24 Blue24 9 years
Oh God, what a great quote! Now I'm really motivated :D
mwjank mwjank 9 years
Yes. She is 51! And still smokin' fast. I am soo motivated.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Wow...cool quote.
kia kia 9 years
That is a hilarious quote. I love Joan Benoit. I saw her run that marathon in the Olympics in '84. I was a wee one but my dad pumped up her image to me ever since she passed us in the streets.
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