Half Marathon Running Quotes

Running a half marathon takes a lot of commitment, motivation, and sacrifice.  Here are some running quotes to help you stay motivated during your training or celebrate your achievement after you’ve crossed the finish line.

  • "13.1 miles: It isn't half of anything."   
    -slogan for 13.1 Marathon series
  • "The half marathon gives you almost all of the satisfaction and achievement of the marathon and far less than half of the aches and pain and fatigue." 
    -Jeff Galloway, former Olympian, coach, and writer
  • "A half marathon is a good way to have a bit of fun and race against those girls and learn a bit more about them."  
    -Paula Radcliffe, women’s marathon world record holder
  • "Run! 50% off gear if you make it under 2 hours!"
    -sign seen at a half marathon
  • "The half marathon has a niche of serious respectability. It’s viewed as a real challenge on its own, so runners are more likely to feel content tackling it instead of the full marathon."
    -Amby Burfoot, Runner's World, chief running officer
  • "13.1.  It's not 'just a half'.  It's an accomplishment."
    -sign seen at half marathon
  • "There is a moment in every race.  A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, 'I can do this.'"  
    -Gatorade Ad
  • "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
  • "Most people won’t drive 13.1 miles today!" 
    -sign seen at half marathon
  • Stop saying, "It's just a half."  A half marathon is: 13.1 miles; 23,056 yards; 69,168 feet; 830,016 inches; Amazing!
    -seen on spectator sign
  • "One day I won't be able to do this, today is not that day."  
  • "Be confident in the work you did to prepare for the race. Take a look back at your training logs to remind yourself that you've done everything possible to prepare. The race is the fun part where you get to see the hard work pay off. Enjoy it."  
    -Desiree Davila, U.S. Olympic marathoner
  • "On a scale of 1 to 10, you're a 13.1!'
    -sign at half marathon
  • "I'm not running half of something. I'm crushing the whole 13.1"
    -seen on half marathoner's T-shirt
  • "Any idiot can run, but it takes a special kind of idiot to run a half marathon."
  • "I'm training for awesomeness. I mean I am training for a half marathon. Same thing, really."
    -some eecards
  • "It doesn't matter what happens between the starting line and the finish line. All that matters is that you cross both."
  • "Let's run 13.1 miles around Disney World because no trip to Disney World is complete until someone cries."
    -some eecards
  • "Never underestimate the strength of a woman. Never mess with a woman who runs 13.1 miles for fun."
    -seen on runner's T-shirt
  • "You made it to the START, you will make it to the FINISH." 
    -sign seen at a half marathon
  • "All it takes is all you’ve got!"  
    -half marathon runner’s mantra

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