Running Quotes


  • “Nonrunners cannot see how they can afford the time to run every day. But runners cannot imagine getting through a single day without it” –Kevin Nelson, The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration
  • “At least 99% of running is just showing up, getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other.”   -John Hanc, The Essential Runner
  • “The challenge in running is not to aim at doing the things no one else has done, but to keep doing things anyone could do–but most never will” –Joe Henderson, The Complete Book of Running
  • “I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” –John Bingham
  • “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
    It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
    Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
    It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle
    when the sun comes up you’d better be running.” -Anon
  • “Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot.”– Author unknown
  • “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” –Clarence DeMar
  • “It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”        – George Sheehan
  • “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
  • “The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.” -Walter Bagehot
  • “Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” –PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
  • “I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” -Jesse Owens
  • “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham
  • “The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.” -Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
  • “Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.” -Richard O’Brien
  • “There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run.” -Ben Logsdon
  • “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” -William James
  • “Run Happy” -Brooks Running
  • “Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one’s self. So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it’s because they aren’t willing to understand, not because they’re stronger. Running is more than a sport; it’s a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you’ll never understand, so just accept.” -Jessica Propst
  • “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
  • “Running is not a private activity. People are watching. Show someone what it’s like to want something.”   –Marc Parent, Runner’s World Columnist
  • “We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” -Will Rogers
  • “When you run in the morning, you gain time. It’s like stretching 24 hours into 25. You may need to sleep less and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day.” -Fred Lebow
  • “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’” -Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner
  • “I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” -Bart Yasso
  • “Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”             –Michael Johnson
  • “The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that.” -Marc Parent
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”         -Mark Twain
  • “How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Be aware.” -Anonymous
  • “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” -Chinese Proverb
  • ”It’s impossible” said pride. “It’s risky” said experience. “It’s pointless” said reason. “Give it a try” whispered the heart” -Anonymous
  • “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right” -Henry Ford
  • “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.” -B.G. Jett
  • “To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.” -George Sheehan
  • “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama
  • “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman
  • “For centuries, New York has served as the gateway for millions of people from all over the world in search of the American dream. It only makes sense that it would now serve as a gateway for the world’s greatest athletes.” -Hilary Clinton 
  • “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” -Gandhi
  • “Think positive. You are a special person. Reward yourself with self-praise as you achieve each interim goal en route to the marathon. ” –Hal Higdon, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide
  • “It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from the top.” -Arnold Bennett, British novelist and playwright
  • “Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.” -Michael Johnson
  • “Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.” -Nina Kuscik
  • “I’ve never been in a ditch so low that a run wouldn’t pop me out of it.” -Marc Parent
  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
  • “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive” –Howard Thurman
  • “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi
  • “But unless you are a runner you won’t understand. -Nike Running
  • “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “ You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face”  -Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Relish the bad training runs. Without them it’s difficult recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones.”  -Pat Teske
  • “The gun goes off and everything changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.”                – Patti Sue Plummer
  • “Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.” -John Trautmann
  • “ Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security”     – John Allen Paulos
  • “The only way of finding the limits of possible is by going beyond them into the impossible”                          -Arthur C. Clarke
  • “I will go through a lot of pain to beat someone. If there’s pride and ego on the line, if I’m desperate, then I’m willing to go to a place where it hurts a lot more.” -Shalane Flanagan
  • “Trust your gut. You are your own best coach.” -Ryan Hall
  • “The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”                   -Unknown
  • “It’s when discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all”                  -Chrissie Wellington
  • “The road to success is always under construction.”  -Unknown
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been” -George Eliot
  • “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” -Katharine Hepburn
  • “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir
  • “The best way to be missed when you’re gone is to stand for something when you’re here” -Unknown
  •  “Suffering can be an extraordinary teacher.” -Ryan Hall
  • “Running gives us freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.” –Nina Kuscick, Marathoner
  • “I believe in using races as motivators.  It’s hard to keep up an exercise program if you don’t have a significant goal in sight.” -Bob Greene, Fitness Instructor
  • “A run begins the moment you forget you are running” -Adidas
  • “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake” -Henry David Thoreau
  • “Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go” -Unknown
  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers
  • “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” -Dean Karnazes
  • “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” –Julia Child
  • “In this very moment I’m king, In this very moment I slay Goliath with a sling, This very moment I bring Put it on everything, that I will retire with the ring” –Nicki Minaj, Moment For Life
  • “If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.” -Bob Basso
  • “I love the fact that not many people can say ‘Oh I went out and ran 20 miles today.’ I love how much dedication it takes and how much you learn about yourself, your physical and mental limits. There’s just something about it.” -Shalane Flanagan
  • “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” -Unknown
  • “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” -Brian Tracy, Author
  • “I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.” -Johnny Depp
  • “It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.” -Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” -Dean Karnazes 
  • “Do your best” -My Mom
  • “Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon.” -Fred Lebow
  • “Impossible is nothing.” -Muhammad Ali
  • “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” -Unknown
  • “When you recognize that failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things.” -Lauren Fleshman, American Track and Field Athlete
  • “The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.” -Walter Bagehot

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