Short Running Quotes

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Short running quotes are great because they're easy to remember, and they usually have a simple, powerful message. Here are some short, motivational quotes about running that you can think about during runs, or when you're trying to motivate yourself to go for a run.

1. "Runs end. Running doesn't."

2. "Long distance running is 90% mental and the other half is physical."
-Rich Davis

3. "Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon."
-Fred Lebow


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

5. "A run begins the moment you forget you are running."
- Adidas

6. "Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work."
-Kara Goucher

7. "Yesterday you said tomorrow."

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

9. "Someone who is busier than you is running right now."

10. "Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can't."

11. "The marathon can humble you."
-Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC marathons

12. "Running releases more than just sweat."
- Asics

13. "Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight."
-Lance Armstrong

14. "Don't fear moving slowly forward...fear standing still."
-Kathleen Harris

15. "Runs end. Running doesn't."

16. "As we run, we become."
- Amby Burfoot


"Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'."
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

18. "Remember the reasons you are running."
-Seen on a marathon spectator sign

19. "Every day is a good day when you run."
-Kevin Nelson

20. "I have met my hero, and he is me."
-George Sheehan, running writer

21. "To get to the finish line, you'll have to try lots of different paths."
- Amby Burfoot

22. "The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door."

23. "No guts, no glory"
-Seen on a runner's T-shirt

24. "Who says you can't run away from your problems?"

25. "Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."

26. "It does not matter how slowly you do so long as you do not stop."


"If I can get better, why not?"
-Emil Zatopek

28. "The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them."
-Arthur Clarke

29. "All it takes is all you got."
-Marc Davis

30. "Injuries made me a believer in cross-training."
-Florence Griffith-Joyner

31. "I can't imagine living and not running."
-Paula Radcliffe

32. "Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still."
-Chinese proverb

33. "One run can change your day, many runs can change your life."

34. "Accept the days when running seems impossible; embrace the days when running seems effortless."  -Unknown

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

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


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