26 Motivational Quotes to Get You Through Your Marathon

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Running a marathon is just as much as mental challenge as it is a physical one. If you're hitting a rough patch in your marathon training or your race, get inspired with these powerful, motivating quotes.

1. "No one said this would be easy, just know that nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment."

2. "You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them."

3. "The only one who can tell you 'you can't ' is you.

And you don't have to listen."  -Nike

4. "Pain is just weakness leaving the body." - marathon spectator sign

5. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."  -Vince Lombardi, famed football coach

6. "Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who are willing to work for it."

7. "I'm not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it."

8. "Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason."  -New Balance

9. "It's going to get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just have to make it through the hard stuff first."

10. "Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough."   -Hal Higdon, running coach and author

11. "When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race."   -Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner

12. "You're stronger than you think you are and you can do more than you think!"

13. "You made it to the START, you will make it to the FINISH."  -spectator sign seen at a marathon

14. "One day I won't be able to do this, today is not that day."

15. "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

16. "Victory is paid for in sweat, courage, and preparation."   -Nike

17. "I never feel more alive than when I'm in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!"
-Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and author

18. "You don't have to go fast; you just have to GO."   -Unknown

19. "Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running."  -Kara Goucher, U.S. Olympic marathoner

20. "The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average."   -New Balance

21. "If you can dream it, you can do it."   -Walt Disney

22.  "First you feel like dying. Then you feel reborn."    -Asics, on running marathons

23.  "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."
-Seen on a marathon spectator sign

24.  "Pain is temporary, pride is forever."

25. "Stop being tired and start being awesome."

26.  "If it was easy, everyone would do it."

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