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Running Quotes About Pain


Updated April 20, 2014

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Whether they're racing or training, runners sometimes have to deal with pain. Get inspired with these quotes about embracing the pain and pushing through it.

  • "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
    -Dean Karnazes
  • "Relish the bad training runs. Without them it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones."
    -Pat Teske
  • "Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain--not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it."
    -Dr. George Sheehan, running author
  • "Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working."
    -Brian Tackett
  • "For something to hurt that bad, and feel so good, it's just inexplicable."
    - Adam Goucher, NCAA Cross Country Division 1 Individual Champ - 1998
  • "A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."
    -Steve Prefontaine
  • "If you start to feel good during an ultra, don't worry, you will get over it."
    - Gene Thibeault
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  • "The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals."
    -Hal Higdon, running writer and coach
  • "There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run."
    -Ben Logsdon
  • "This is your moment. Celebrate the pain."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "I never feel more alive than when I'm in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!"
    -Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathoner and author
  • "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys."
    - Emil Zatopek
  • "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."
    -U.S. Marathoner Shalane Flanagan

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