If any of you want tips about running, never be in a hurry, and never let any of the other runners know you are in a hurry even if you are... I ran to a steady jog-trot rhythm, and soon it was so smooth that I forgot I was running, and I was hardly able to know that my legs were lifting and falling and my arms going in and out, and my lungs didn't seem to be working at all, and my heart stopped that wicked thumping I always get at the beginning of a run. Because you see I never race at all; I just run, and somehow I know that if I forget I'm racing and only jog-trot along until I don't know I'm running I always win the race... I was in my element that afternoon knowing that nobody could beat me at running but intending to beat myself before the day was over.
- Alan Sillitoe -
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner