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Running Quotes About Life

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Updated March 03, 2014

Runners often take lessons they learn in running and apply them to their life, and vice versa. Get inspired with these thought-provoking running quotes:
 

  • "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
     
  • "Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way."
    -Jen Rhines
     
  • "As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are."
    - Joan Benoit Samuelson
     
  • "Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best."
    -Meb Keflezighi, U.S. Olympic marathoner
     
  • "That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is."
    -Kara Goucher
     
  • "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
     
  • "Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge."
    -David Bedford
     
  • "So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved."
    -Nancy Anderson
     
  • "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
     
  • "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."
    -Arthur Blank
     
  • "Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
    -Oprah Winfrey
     
  • "Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived."
    -Dean Karnazes
     
  • "Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medalist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory."
    - George Sheehan
     
  • "The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: do the best with what you've got."
    -Unknown
     

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