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Author: Katy Galli

Once a Runner…

“A runner is a miser, spending the pennies of his energy with great stinginess, constantly wanting to know how much he has spent and how much longer he will be expected to pay. He wants to be broke at precisely the moment he no longer needs his coin.” –John L. Parker, Jr.   One of my favorite books is Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr. Parker spins a tale of a college runner, Cassidy, who wants nothing more than to go to the Olympics. In the pursuit of his dream, he loses touch with the material world...

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“I am an athlete. I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying.”

Athletics relies on talent and hard work, and a person requires both if she wishes to reach any level above amateur. Of course, there is no shame in playing a sport simply for the joy that it brings you; but the true test of character comes when you choose to remain loyal to your sport, knowing that it will never bring you any fame, fortune, or recognition other than that received by those closest to you. Your core integrity shines through only when you find value in yourself and know wholly and completely that while your talent may not...

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