“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that’s a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!”
You’ve dedicated your life to running, and this day is dedicated to you. May it be filled with smiles, sunshine and laughter, and may it produce many wonderful memories you will cherish for years to come. Happy birthday!
If you are trying to outrun the aging process, don’t worry, you can slow down. You haven’t aged a bit! (Although, it might take a runner’s lung capacity to blow out all of those birthday candles!)
“I don’t get it,’ Caroline said, bemused. ‘She’s the only one with wings. Why is that?’
There were so many questions in life. You couldn’t ever have all the answers. But I knew this one.
It’s so she can fly,’ I said. Then I started to run.”
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Life is an adventure, and you are making the most of it. May this next year be every bit as exciting and breath-taking as your last. Happy birthday!
Wait, you’re how old? I guess that’s what happens when you spend all your time going at top speed! Remember to grab a slice of birthday cake on your way by–you deserve it! Happy Birthday!
“He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more pain. But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts, stronger each time.”
“If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.”
From the day I met you, I knew you were a real go-getter. Don’t let today be any different. Make your birthday everything you want it to be. Here’s some cash to get you started! Happy birthday!
Today is your birthday! It’s your big day! Spend it doing whatever you please. Whether you run or relax, or you do both at the same time, I hope it’s a day full of ease! Happy birthday!
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Do you know that feeling you get when you are running and you suddenly see a drink station? That’s how I feel when I see you. Thanks for being a bright spot in my life. Happy birthday!
When you are a runner, it’s important to take a day every now and then to relax and rejuvenate. Your birthday is that day! Put your feet up, eat some cake and celebrate another amazing year. May your next year be just as adventurous as your last year has been. Happy birthday!
“All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”
“You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff.”
Has another year passed already? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating your last birthday. I guess that’s what happens when you race through your days at top speed, though! Here’s hoping you can slow down long enough to enjoy the happiest and most exciting of birthdays!
Happy birthday to one of the most talented people I know. You’ve never let anything stand in your way, no matter what obstacles you have had to pass on your journey. May this year be your best one yet! You are an amazing person and you deserve every good birthday wish.
“I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.”
“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”
“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I’m tired of running.”
“So I am not a broken heart.
I am not the weight I lost or miles or ran and I am not the way I slept on my doorstep under the bare sky in smell of tears and whiskey because my apartment was empty and if I were to be this empty I wanted something solid to sleep on. Like concrete.
I am not this year and I am not your fault.
I am muscles building cells, a little every day, because they broke that day,
but bones are stronger once they heal and I am smiling to the bus driver and replacing my groceries once a week and I am not sitting for hours in the shower anymore.
I am the way a life unfolds and bloom and seasons come and go and I am the way the spring always finds a way to turn even the coldest winter into a field of green and flowers and new life.
I am not your fault.”