Inspiring Bill Bowerman Quotes

inspiring bill bowerman quotesThis morning’s track workout was brutal. The running was hard enough but the falling heavy wet snow and the ½” of standing slush on the track made it even more so. To pass the time I tried to recall inspiring Bill Bowerman quotes.

For those who don’t know, Bill Bowerman was the track coach at the University of Oregon for 24 years. He also coached the USA Track and Field Team in the 1972 Olympics… Bill Bowerman also coached Steve Prefontaine also known in the running world as “Pre.”

More impressive is not just Bowerman’s coaching career, but he was also a Major in the 10th Mountain Division and fought the Nazi army in Italy during World War II.

And let’s not forget… Bill Bowerman was also part founder of Nike and was personally responsible for the first several generations of running shoes that Nike produced.

Anyway, as I said, this morning I passed the time trying to recall all of the inspiring Bill Bowerman quotes that I could… and the first one here is the one that stuck out the most for me this morning…

Inspiring Bill Bowerman Quotes

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”

“If at the end of a race you know yourself that you have done your best, you’re a winner.”

“The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.”

“If someone says, ‘Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?’ ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?…. The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles.”

“A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils.”

“If you have a body, you are an athlete!”

“The athlete makes himself, the coach doesn’t make the athlete.”

“Everything you need is already inside.”

Finally… my favorite one of all, which you can see for yourself in the movie Without Limits

“Men of Oregon, I invite you to become students of your events. Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team; chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life.”

As I have said in the past, one of the reasons that I love running so much is that I am learning something all of the time and many of the lessons that I learn are not just applicable to running but to life itself. And reading the philosophies and theories of the past great running coaches, I get to learn both about running and life.

Personally I wish that I could have met the man and had the chance to train and run under his guidance… how awesome would it have been to be able to hear all of those inspiring Bill Bowerman quotes and wisdom first hand…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo by Andy Wooten 02 June 2015 (This is NOT what the track looked like this morning!)

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