Inspirational Running Quotes

Get Inspired With These Running Quotes

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  • "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, co-founder of Nike
     
  • "Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic women's 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, author of Born to Run
     
  • "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
  • "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
    More Quotes from Running Shoe Companies
     
  • "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, co-founder of Nike
     
  • "Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic women's 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, author of Born to Run
     
  • "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, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon
     
  • "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
     
  • "Relish the bad training runs. Without them, it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones."

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