“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
“A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.”
“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”
“I’m going to work it so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I’m the only one who can win it.”
“Over the years I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started… self satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
Pre one of the greatest and most exciting American runners died on May 29, 1975. The day before he ran an American record 12:51.4 against the best in the country at the time. At the time he held every American record from 2,000 to 10,000 meters – seven records in total. A feat never accomplished before or since. He was just 24 when he died.