George Sheehan Quote

“There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.” George Sheehan

George Sheehan is, for my money, running’s great philosopher. Sadly, he’s no longer with us, having died in 1993 (of prostate cancer).

Reading Sheehan in my early days of running shaped my approach to running, my understanding of running, and, in fact, some of my core beliefs about life. He was a beautiful, flawed, wonderfully alive human being.


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