Running Quotes for Beginner Runners

If you're new to running, you may be looking for some motivation to stick with your running habit. Here are some inspiring words from professional runners and other famous people.

  • "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
    -John Bingham
  • "Anybody can be a runner… We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It's the easiest sport."
    -Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon
  • "If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it."
    -Priscilla Welch
  • "In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
    -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
  • "The benefits and opportunities of running are available to anyone. You don't have to be born a natural athlete, and you don't have to be uniquely gifted. A life-shaping experience is there for the taking, waiting right outside your door."
    -Donald Buraglio, in The Running Life: Wisdom and Observations from a Lifetime of Running
  • "You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done."
    -Adam Goucher
  • "The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability – consistency, a sane approach, moderation and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life."
    -Bill Rodgers
  • "Running is kind of like coffee. The first time you drink it you might not like it. It’s bitter and leaves a bad taste in your mouth but you kind of like the way it makes you feel. However, after a few times, it starts to taste better and then all of a sudden you’re hooked and it’s the new best part of waking up."
    – Amy Hastings
  • "Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts out being excellent."
  • "If we had a drug that did what exercise did, it would be the biggest revolution ever and would be promoted all over the world. And all you have to do is go out for a run."
    - Greg Wells, Ph.D.
  • "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
    -William Faulkner
  • "It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice in your head that wants to quit."
    -George Sheehan
  • "Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put in."
    -Oprah Winfrey
  • "Even if you don't feel confident, fake it. Time after time, I have seen a marginal runner act the role of confident competitor, and eventually become one."
    -Allan Lawrence, The Self-Coached Runner

  • "Feel your run. Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running."
    -Kara Goucher
  • "Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running."
    -Sarah Condor


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