Top 76 Summer Sanders Quotes

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“To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.”

― Summer Sanders

“It’s not really about the competition. Your biggest challenge in a race is yourself. You’re often racing against time. You’re frequently running everything through your mind. You’re always competing against preconceived ideas. It’s not really the person next to you that you worry about.”

― Summer Sanders

“I love KIND bars. My favorites are coconut and almond and the dark chocolate and sea salt because staying fueled helps keep me from getting sick or injured. Bananas have also made a great comeback in my life. My kids eat them all the time on the go, which has inspired my go-to pre-run morning meal of peanut butter and banana on toast.”

― Summer Sanders

“Nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. It goes back to the lessons you learned as a kid. Start with a real breakfast; don’t ever skip that. If you’re waking up early for a run, make sure you drink at least a glass of water and put something healthy into your stomach before you go out the door.”

― Summer Sanders

“I lead by example. My kids know what sweat is. They’ve seen me come home from so many runs and asked, ‘What’s on your skin? How did you get it?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s from exercise!’ So now my son will come home from a bike ride, take off his helmet and say, ‘Look, Mom. I’m sweating! I just worked out!’”

― Summer Sanders

“With my son, falling off his bike is usually what makes him upset, so a hug goes a long way. But girls are more complicated; my daughter will get bummed out because her friend hurt her feelings. In that case, we’ll talk about it. I’ll tell her that she’s a great friend, and that she needs to talk to her friends about it.”

― Summer Sanders

“A great way to get all the right nutrients is to make a colorful plate – mix of good vegetables, carbohydrates, and protein. If you notice all your vegetables are green, change it up and add another color for a variety of benefits in one meal.”

― Summer Sanders

“The more sleep you get in before the clock turns midnight, the more rested you feel no matter what time your alarm goes off.”

― Summer Sanders

“I watched some serious ’80s television. ‘Alice,’ ‘Good Times,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Family Ties,’ ‘Cheers’… every night it was eat dinner, watch ‘Cheers.’ I was actually on ‘Jeopardy’ with Rebecca Lobo and Dot Richardson, and we were laughing because I was just nailing every random ’80s trivia question – sitcom, theme music, movie, you name it.”

― Summer Sanders

“Thinking about your training should put a smile on your face. As cliche as it sounds, you are worth all the time and energy you’ve put in. Unleash your emotions with a cheer, or even a signature roar, after a tough workout.”

― Summer Sanders

“I know I’m not perfect at giving my body what it needs to refuel after a run. Recognizing my bad habits has helped me pay more attention to what I eat. I have been known to rush through my day without making nutrition a priority, so I work hard to prepare healthy snacks in advance of my runs and while the kids are at school.”

― Summer Sanders

“Growing up, I was a little hippie kid. I went to some good concerts… Amnesty International with Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman… The best concert I ever went to was this one at the Cow Palace my freshman year in college on New Year’s Eve. It was Pearl Jam opening for Nirvana opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

― Summer Sanders

“I have a big bag of M&M’s in the pantry, and I have a scoop after lunch. That’s my treat.”

― Summer Sanders

“For as long as I wanted to swim, I also wanted to do something on TV. My best friend in high school, we used to pretend like we had a TV show, and we had this dream of being the next ‘Kate & Allie.’ Having that kind of a shtick.”

― Summer Sanders

“I slice up a ton of cucumbers, celery, carrots and red and yellow peppers. Keep them in your fridge so you always have something handy to curb your snack attack.”

― Summer Sanders

“Here’s what I’ve learned about eating healthy when you’re busy: It’s all about preparation. Make your snacks on Sunday, and you will be good to go until Thursday or so.”

― Summer Sanders

“We try to live by the secret of sevens. A friend, who has been married for over 40 years, told us about this magic. Make and keep a date every seven days, take a night away alone, for yourself, every seven weeks, and schedule an adult-only vacation every seven months.”

― Summer Sanders

“I first noticed my varicose veins when I was pregnant with my second child, and I’d always thought that it was something that affected older, inactive people. I looked at my lifestyle and thought, ‘I can’t be a candidate for this.’ Eventually, the pain became something I couldn’t ignore.”

― Summer Sanders

“Once you learn the basic rules of good nutrition, you’ll realize it’s not so complicated. It doesn’t matter if you’re running errands or 13 miles, you need enough fuel to last all day. Proper nutrition is the difference between feeling exhausted and getting the most out of a workout.”

― Summer Sanders

“No matter whether you’re an Olympic swimmer or you’re someone who doesn’t like to swim, your kids should learn this life skill. You can’t be next to them every second, so they must be able to relax in the water and get themselves to safety.”

― Summer Sanders

“Don’t just tell your kids to be active and to get outside and play. Lead by example.”

― Summer Sanders

“Make sure that when you look at your plate, it’s a beautiful blank canvas to start with, and you want lots of color on there. You want to make sure you have whole grains and protein. It should not be beige in color; it should be green and bright red, and orange and yellow.”

― Summer Sanders

“My parents wanted us to be pool-safe, so I had lessons when I was 18 months old. I would like to share with all the parents out there that I was that kid who cried during every one of my lessons. But it wasn’t an option for my parents; we had a backyard pool, so I needed to learn how to swim.”

― Summer Sanders

“I grew up in northern California, where it was consistently in the hundreds in the summertime. My dad didn’t think he should have to turn on the air conditioning when we had a swimming pool in our backyard; it was our built-in air conditioner.”

― Summer Sanders

“When I got to college, I used to run on top of everything else, because when you gain weight in swimming, you have to do something else, like bike or run, to maintain the weight or take the weight off.”

― Summer Sanders

“Protein is important and hard for me to get in a hurry. We’re busy. I don’t always remember to thaw the chicken for dinner. I always have eggs, and they’re light and satisfying. I never feel stuffed at the end of it.”

― Summer Sanders

“I used to carbo load. But then I ran my first marathon, actually on a whim. All I could think of was that I needed protein. I remember going to the grocery store and buying one of those roasted chickens. I remember downing a bunch of that and, yes, I had some carbs, but that’s what I felt I needed.”

― Summer Sanders

“If there’s any indirect way I can motivate or inspire Olympic athletes… that is one of the greatest honors. Even Natalie Coughlin saying that I inspired her. I’m so humbled by that. I think that’s amazing.”

― Summer Sanders

“At the end of a marathon, it’s going to hurt whether you’re speeding up or slowing down. You may as well push.”

― Summer Sanders

“I don’t care how much you’re working out; when you go to put on that bikini, you’re like, ‘Oh no!’”

― Summer Sanders

“I was a die-hard, obsessed fan of Michael Jordan. I’d take his posters with me to away meets, I’d walk out on the deck in my Air Jordans before I swam, I’d write 23 on my cap. I’m just a huge Jordan fan.”

― Summer Sanders

“There is nothing in this world that I love more than my family. To be able to share the joy of running with them at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival where we can all participate together is as close as you can get to a perfect weekend.”

― Summer Sanders

“The first lesson my kids got about the ocean was to respect it. You can never turn your back on the ocean when you’re dealing with tides and currents – factors beyond your control. You have to be the CEO of your family on the water. CEO stands for ‘constant eyes on,’ and it’s something I never forget.”

― Summer Sanders

“For me, music makes my smile brighter during my workouts. It adds that extra something that motivates me to go further or work harder!”

― Summer Sanders

“Running is how I clear my head and find my center again.”

― Summer Sanders

“Daily repetition matters when a kid is learning to swim. It can be 20 minutes in a lesson or an hour practicing for a couple of weeks.”

― Summer Sanders

“’I Got a Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas – Reminds me of happy, fun times with my friends and makes me want to jump around.”

― Summer Sanders

“’Man In The Mirror’ by Michael Jackson – I used to have my very first dance parties with my kids to this song when they were little, even carried them around to it. It just makes you want to be a better person and be inspired.”

― Summer Sanders

“I am addicted to cereal. I am one of those people who just loves their cereal morning, noon and night. Kellogg’s message is what I tell my kids every single day, which is: You’ve gotta start off your day right with a good, healthy breakfast to give yourself the potential for greatness.”

― Summer Sanders

“At 4, I joined a summer rec team called the Sugar Bears.”

― Summer Sanders

“Indoor pools just don’t seem as inviting to me.”

― Summer Sanders

“When I was younger, I would eat everything.”

― Summer Sanders

“If you write something down on paper, it becomes an actual goal. Before you write it down, it’s a thought, a dream that may or may not get done.”

― Summer Sanders

“I worked at this place called Water World; it was a waterslide park. My brother and my dad framed my first paycheck from this place – which was for $0.00 dollars – because I didn’t even make enough to cover the cost of my uniform!”

― Summer Sanders

“When you’re at a public pool or in your friend’s backyard, knowing that your kids can get in and out of the water and protect themselves can make all the difference in the world. Something as simple as being able to flip over and get to the ladder can save a life. You can start your kids in lessons as early as you want – it’s never too soon.”

― Summer Sanders

“Honestly, if I can plan out a few meals ahead of time, I feel much more organized.”

― Summer Sanders

“I never get enough sleep, even when I travel. I wake up in the middle of the night, either with the help of my kids or because my mind is going. I wish I got eight hours a night, but it is more like an interrupted six or seven. The secret is to go to sleep well before midnight.”

― Summer Sanders

“It really was my brother who got me involved in swimming. I wanted to be just like him and do everything he was doing.”

― Summer Sanders

“Swimming is great because there are levels of goals. First, when I was four, it was making it to the other end and overcoming the fear of standing up in front of everybody at a swim meet because I was such a shy kid.”

― Summer Sanders

“The 2013 Boston Marathon was, for me, a milestone. A bucket list event that was supposed to be my last marathon until my next big milestone, turning 50. But I couldn’t leave marathoning on a memory like that, so I am running this year to honor everyone in the running community and those unsung heroes from April 15, 2013.”

― Summer Sanders

“Boston is the cream of the crop of the marathon world. It has such history that you feel such honor just being a part of it. All the other races have pacers to get you to a Boston qualifying time.”

― Summer Sanders

“I love to run, but training can be hard, especially with a family and a crazy travel schedule. I often do sprints with my kids, where they bike and I run along side them so we can ‘race’ each other for a quarter-mile or shorter repeats.”

― Summer Sanders

“The kids know what I’m doing when I exercise, and that’s powerful. So don’t just tell your kids to go play outside. Take a moment off your computer, put on your tennis shoes, hop outside and help them start their game and run off some energy.”

― Summer Sanders

“I think some parents fall into a trap, teaching their kids that everything is always perfect and everyone is always a winner.”

― Summer Sanders

“Tennis is interesting because the women are almost more popular than the men. In the U.S. Open, women even get exactly the same money as the men.”

― Summer Sanders

“I started swimming when I was four because my brother wanted to join a swim team, and I wanted to do what he did. They said I had to be six, but if I could swim a lap, then I could participate. So I swam a lap, and the rest is history.”

― Summer Sanders

“I tried piano, acting, and a bunch of things. My family let me do what I wanted to do; they made sure I had balance in my life because I was self-driven. Listen to your kid, encourage them, and make it fun.”

― Summer Sanders

“’They Don’t Care About Us’ by Michael Jackson – This song makes me want to dance, and I fell in love with it watching ‘This Is It’ with my kids.”

― Summer Sanders

“That’s what I love about running – I feel like we all celebrate each other. Even if you’re racing somebody at the finish, it’s like you’re in it together.”

― Summer Sanders

“We had this thing at Stanford called the ‘Campus Loop,’ and then we had another run called ‘The Dish,’ and you’d run up to this giant satellite dish, which was probably extremely unhealthy. I would do those two runs, and I just found it so therapeutic. My girlfriends and I would have these great conversations about guys and school and life.”

― Summer Sanders

“When I started running, the pain barrier was very familiar to me, and I had no problem pushing beyond the pain. When for your whole life, every single workout, you are programmed to push beyond belief, it’s really hard to just turn that off and kind of just be a social competitor.”

― Summer Sanders

“As a woman, you need to take control of your health. There’s no harm in going in and getting checked out. Eventually, you have to ask yourself: ‘Do I want to live at 100% or 80%?’”

― Summer Sanders

“I’m not the athlete I was when I was training for the Olympics in ’92 or when I was working out every single day. I have to live in moderation: I work out three or four days a week, and I smile while I’m working out – I really do enjoy it. I work out with my girlfriends and make it a social competition.”

― Summer Sanders

“One of my favorite workouts to do with my girlfriends is yoga. We are equally impatient with our yoga. We are those people who are sweating in the back, and we’ll be in downward dog giggling and looking at each other. And I know what we’re all thinking: What are we going to order for dinner afterward?”

― Summer Sanders

“When I was training for the Olympics, I didn’t eat the way I should have. I missed out on much-needed protein and opted for every easy carb.”

― Summer Sanders

“You can’t go wrong with some nuts. The key word is ‘some.’ Eat them one at a time, not by the handful.”

― Summer Sanders

“When I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I would eat a cup of cereal after an 18-mile long run, and then I’d have to get out the door with nothing but a granola bar in my hand. I can’t change my busy schedule with my kids, but I can work harder to improve in this area. I think it’s a part of training that most of us find difficult.”

― Summer Sanders

“A lot of my struggles with nutrition date back to my swimming days. I was a super-skinny young girl who would go through hours of intense training. Afterward, I’d be famished, but I had a two-hour trip home before dinner. When I did my hardest workouts, I often ate less; I was too tired to think about food.”

― Summer Sanders

“Being a pro athlete doesn’t mean you treat your body right, even though it’s so important to what you do. Being a runner and training for important races has taught me more about how to fuel than swimming ever did. I realize it’s a process and part of the commitment.”

― Summer Sanders

“Quite simply, my diet has and will always be everything in moderation. People look at Olympic athletes and think they must cut out all those things everyone else indulges in, and speaking for myself, I never did.”

― Summer Sanders

“I’ve been barefoot most of my life: either flip flops or barefoot on the pool deck. Although you’d think that would make me a good candidate for barefoot running, that doesn’t work with me.”

― Summer Sanders

“I missed the Olympic team in 1996 – missed making the team. I tried to make a comeback in my sport, and soon after the Olympic trials, Johann Olav Koss, who is a Norwegian speed-skater, called me up and asked me to be a part of Olympic Aid. Now Olympic Aid is Right to Play. It’s a wonderful, narrow focus.”

― Summer Sanders

“My healthiest habit is eating a healthy breakfast every morning. I never miss breakfast. As a busy mom, there will be days when I’m cruisin’ along and I’ll look at the clock and I haven’t eaten lunch. And I’ll run downstairs, and I’ll start shovelin’ stuff down the pie hole, and I’ll think, ‘That was no lunch at all.’”

― Summer Sanders

“When people say, ‘Hey, wanna come to our house for dinner?’ I say, ‘Yeah, what should I bring?’ They say, ‘How about the dessert?’ I just don’t skimp on the dessert. I make it the yummy way it should be made, and then I just don’t eat the whole pan.”

― Summer Sanders

“I love to swim. When I jump in the water, I feel like I’m 12 years old again. It’s really funny how it does that to me.”

― Summer Sanders

“I have so much to learn when it comes to running. I just don’t ever want it to feel like a chore. When I choose to sign up for a race or go out for a run, it’s to make myself feel good, and I almost always do.”

― Summer Sanders
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