"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
"A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding."
"Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."
"A lot of people run a race to see who is 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. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."
"I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting."
"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."
"What I want is to be number one."
"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it."
(By the way, I would love to have the poster pictured above. Unfortunately it is out of print. If anybody happens to come across one, please let me know.)