Quotes About Running Hills

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Need some motivation to run hills? Get inspired with these quotes about running hills.

1. "If the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill."
- Marty Stern, track and cross-country coach

2. "Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to different stresses. The result? You become a stronger runner."
-Eamonn Coughlin, 3-time Irish Olympian

3. "Hills are speedwork in disguise."
-Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist

4. "A hill is like a breakup...in time you get over it."
-spectator sign seen at marathon

5.  "Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get." 
-Joe Catalano, running coach

6. "It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
-Henry Ward Beecher, American writer

7. "Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. They make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills."
-Hal Higdon, running writer and coach

8. "It's a hill. Get over it."
-Seen on the back of a runner's T-shirt

9. "If you never attempt the ascent, you'll never know the thrill of swooshing down the other side."
-Author unknown

10. "I've always found it effective to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little and you're gone before your opponent gets over the top."
-John Treacy, Irish Olympic medalist

11. "Hill sprints are good for everyone!"
-Kara Goucher, U.S Olympic marathoner

12. "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
-Sir Edmund Hillary, first climber to reach Mt.

Everest summit

13. "You can never run a hill too hard; you will collapse before hurting it."
-Adam Born

14.  "Hills never get easier, you get stronger."  
-Greg LaMond, 3-time Tour de France winner

15. "Don't think of them as hills; think of them as 'mounds of opportunity.'"

16. "When you first get a hill in sight, look at the top of it only once.

Then imagine yourself at the bottom of the other side."
– Florence Griffith Joyner, three-time Olympic gold medalist in track

17. "You don't get better at running hills by walking them."

18. "To climb steep hill requires a slow pace at first."
-William Shakespeare

19.  "How you handle the uphill battle determines everything."

20. "The hills won't know what hit them." 

21.  "When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top."

22. "There is a downhill for every uphill, and a downhill for every uphill."
-Turkish proverb

23. "Love hills and they will love you back."
-Author unknown

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