Nelson Mandela - A main theme in East of Eden is how each person is born into sin and each person has the ability to overcome that sin. Adam loved the idea of Timshel and the Nelson Mandela is a person Adam would have been inspired by.
my philosophy for running. Also add to this quote - if you run til you pass out it won't hurt at all, just find someplace soft to land before you do. Finally, if you run til you puke then that's even more calories you 'burned' in your workout!