Distance Running Quotes

If you're training for a long distance event like a marathon, get inspired with these motivational quotes about long distance running.

  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
    -T. S. Eliot
  • "Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself."
    -John Bingham, running speaker and writer
  • "Good things come slow - especially in distance running."
    -Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach
  • "Running long offers a dress rehearsal. Running long teaches the stress of lifting feet 5,000 times per hour. Running long builds confidence."
    -Hal Higdon
  • "Long distance training can be a positive and constructive form of selfishness. After all, once you're at the starting line, you're there by yourself. No one can run a single step for you. No one can jump in and help you. No one but you can make the decisions about what to do to keep going. It's all up to you."
    -John Bingham, running speaker and writer
  • "Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy two miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."
    -Steve Prefontaine
  • "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run."
    -Monte Davis
  • "Long distance running is 90% mental and the other half is physical."
    -Rich Davis
  • "You can't cram for the final. By that, I mean you're not going to get any fitter during the last couple of weeks before the race. So don’t try cramming any last minute long runs or extra training. The best thing you can do for your body is rest."
    -Gordon Bakoulis Bloch
  • “Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear.  You’re not coming away feeling good.  It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days.  It’s not a strategy.  It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort.  Any serious runner bounces back.  That’s the nature of their game.  Taking pain."
    -Mark Wetmore, University of Colorado cross country coach
  • "Concentrate on small segments of your race at a time. For example, rather than obsessing about the distance that remains, simply complete the next mile in good form...try another, then another, until the race is done."
    -Jerry Lynch
  • "The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average."
    -New Balance
  • "You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don't run and never will... those who run but don't race...those who started training for a race but didn't carry through...those who got to the starting line but didn't in the finish line...those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You're still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you've outlasted."
    - Joe Henderson
  • "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
    -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
  • "You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."
    -Martine Costello, on running marathons
  • "Marathons are extraordinarily difficult, but if you've got the training under your belt, and if you can run smart, the races take care of themselves. When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel."
    -Deena Kastor


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