26 Motivational Quotes to Get You Through Your Marathon

An Inspirational Saying for Every Mile

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Running a marathon is just as much of a 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. Here are 26 of them, one for every mile of the 26.2-mile endurance race.

  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."
  1. "The only one who can tell you 'you can't' is you. And you don't have to listen." Nike
  2. "Pain is just weakness leaving the body." Marathon spectator sign
  3. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." Vince Lombardi, famed football coach
  4. "Good things come to those who wait…greater things come to those who are willing to work for it."
  5. ‎"I'm not telling you it’s going to be easy…I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it."
  6. "Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason." New Balance
  7. "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."
  8. "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
  9. "When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner
  1. "You're stronger than you think you are and you can do more than you think!"
  2. "You made it to the START, you will make it to the FINISH." Spectator sign seen at a marathon
  3. "One day I won't be able to do this, today is not that day." Unknown
  4. "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
  1. "Victory is paid for in sweat, courage, and preparation." Nike
  2. "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
  3. "You don't have to go fast; you just have to GO." Unknown
  4. "Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running." Kara Goucher, U.S. Olympic marathoner
  5. "The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average." New Balance
  6. "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
  7. "First you feel like dying. Then you feel reborn." Asics, on running marathons
  8. "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  9. "Pain is temporary, pride is forever."
  10. "Stop being tired and start being awesome."
  11. "If it was easy, everyone would do it."

A Word From Verywell

You can have some fun with these quotes and find some way to deliver them to you every mile, maybe having a friend text you or go old-school and post a sign along your route. Do what it takes to keep yourself moving, mile after mile.