In the book, Phil talks about a friend, a runner called Steve Prefontaine. He tells us how he saw Prefontaine in one of his PreOlympic races, in which he was running in second position and within the last 100 yards, dig in deep and come up with a whole new level to win the race. It is then that Prefontaine says, ‘Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it’. This is one quote that has stayed with me. I might lose to better talent but never for want of effort.