Probably his most famous quote is “Shut up legs” which is what he says to himself when his body tried to ease up in a race.
But when running I think I must be the anti-Jens Voigt because my legs aren’t the problem - it’s my stupid wimpy brain. Here’s a recent internal battle I had during an interval session on a treadmill.
Legs: Well this is going well. I feel like I’m flying. I might actually be faster than Quicksilver at this moment in time.
Brain: I need to look at the stopwatch.
Legs: Back off. You know it’s not over yet.
Brain: Need to. *checks stopwatch* Oh noes! There’s still 40 seconds left.
Legs: So what? We are Kool and the Gang right now.
Brain: Negatory. Ribs hurt - I think he’s getting a stitch
Ribs: He’s right. I defo hurt right now. So bad.
Legs: Brain’s fooling you Ribs. He’s trying to make you make me stop.
Brain: Ooo I am not. You take that back
Legs: Brain! Make Torso stand up straight!
Ribs: Woah. That is loads better.
Brain: 20 seconds left. I can’t take it - I’m going to make Stomach throw up.
Legs: Do it then.
Stomach: Don’t bring me into this. I’m always on a light trigger anyway.
Brain: But there’s people watching. It’ll be embarrassing - you can’t really want me to throw up?
Legs: Look you fun-loving money-crusher. Throw up or shut up - we are doing this.
(nb: this was written before the watershed)
Brain: Aaargh. Arms have started to feel funny.
Arms: We don’t mind. It never lasts long.
Brain: I have spots in front of my eyes
Legs: No you don’t that’s a fly. We are doing this.
Brain: Woah. Only 5 seconds to go - may as well stop now.
Legs: I will come up there and kick you in the frontal lobe if you make Hands touch that dial.
Brain: I’m so thirsty.
Brain: Wait a second. Wahey - we made it. I feel so alive
--- As the treadmill slows from 21 kph to 6kph, Nirvana’s Jesus Don’t Want Me For a Sunbeam comes on my headphones ---
Legs: See. Work hard, get your reward.
Brain: No way! You did not make that happen.
Legs. It’s Karma dude, it’s fucking Karma (nb: that sentence was written after 9pm)
Brain: I love you man.