Inspirational Running Quotes

Get Inspired With These Running Quotes

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Keep some of these motivational quotes in mind if you need a little inspiration. Although these quotes weren't originally about running, their meanings definitely can apply to the sport and get you motivated.
 

  • "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
    -Joshua J. Marine
     
  • "More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin."
    -Unknown Author
     
  • "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
    -Sir Edmund Hillary
     
  • "It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
    -Henry Ward Beecher
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  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
    -T. S. Eliot
     
  • "The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital."
    -Joe Paterno
     
  • "Running is special. We've all done it: well, poorly, focused, in fear, being pursued, toward a goal. It's just elemental. Running is like fire."
    -Rob Delaney
     
  • "Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."
    -William James
  • "There are no shortcuts. Be patient and look long-term. It's a foolish idea that if you do a little more, faster, then you'll get better than the rest. It ignores the fact that you must train at your optimal level, not your maximum level. Consistency is the secret to improvement and success. You have to keep training when others lose interest."
    -Robert de Castella, 1983 World Marathon Champion
  • "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
    -Jim Ryun
     
  • "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
    -Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner, and author
     
  • "There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run."
    -Ben Logsdon
     
  • "Those who do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed."
    -Lloyd Jones
     
  • "No matter what the level of ability, you have more potential than you can develop in a lifetime."
    -James T. McCay
     
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."
    -Dr. Seuss
     
  • “One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish.”  
    -Haruki Marukami
  • "Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work hard to get better."
    -Paul Coffey
     
  • "The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move."
    -John Wooden
  • "Runners just do it. They run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first."
    -Unknown
     
  • "For me, races are the celebration of my training."
    -Dan Browne, 2007 National Champion in the 5K and 20K
     
  • "There is no 'Y' in running. Believe in the run."
    -Nike
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  • "Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can."
    -Lowell Thomas
     
  • "My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy."
    -John Bryant
     
  • "I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not."
    -John Bingham, author, and runner
     
  • "Somewhere in the world, someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
    -sign on Tom Fleming's wall while training for the Boston Marathon
     
  • "The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart."
    - Bill Bowerman
     
  • "Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist
     
  • "There are clubs you can't belong to, neighborhoods you can't live in, schools you can't get into, but the roads are always open."
    -Nike
     
  • "It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."
    -George Sheehan, running author
     
  • "Anybody running beats anybody walking, and anybody walking beats anybody sitting."
    -Tom Bunk
     
  • You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running."
    -Christopher McDougall
     
  • "Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not."
    -George Sheehan, running author
     
  • "Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working."
    -Brian Tackett
     
  • "Be positive, ignore the critic, follow your heart, invest in your passions, believe in your dreams and get busy making them reality."
    -Josh Cox, U.S. 50-K record holder
     
  • "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.
     
  • "Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner."
    -Thomas King
     
  • "I run because I used to be envious of people that could run, and now I am that person."
    -Kendra Thompson
     
  • "Don't fear moving slowly forward...fear standing still."
    -Kathleen Harris
     
  • "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
    -Thomas Jefferson
  • "Your biggest task is not to get ahead of others, but to surpass yourself."
    -Author unknown
  • "When you run in the morning, you gain time. It's like stretching 24 hours into 25. You may need less sleep and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day."
    -Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon
  • "The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life."
    -George Sheehan, running author
  • "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions; small people always do that –- but the really great make you feel that you, too, are great."
    -Mark Twain
     
  • "Don't feel guilty about driving somewhere nice to run. If people can drive to a park to eat hot dogs, you can drive there to run." 
    – Bill Rodgers
  • "There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be."
    -George Sheehan
     
  • "Runs end. Running doesn't."
    -Nike
     
  • "Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work."
    -Kara Goucher, U.S. Olympic marathoner
     
  • "When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race."
    -Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner
     
  • "My Mama always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about."
    - Forest Gump
     
  • "Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way."
    -Jen Rhines, U.S. Olympic marathoner
     
  • "A run begins the moment you forget you are running."
    -Adidas
     
  • "Above all, train hard, eat light, and avoid TV and people with negative attitudes."
    -Scott Tinley `
     
  • "No matter how slow I run, I'm still faster than my couch."
    -Anonymous
     
  • "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere."
    -Forrest Gump
     
  • "Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight."
    -Lance Armstrong
     
  • "Relish the bad training runs. Without them, it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones."

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