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Running Quotes About Pain

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Updated April 20, 2014

  • "Pain now...beer later"
    -Seen on a marathon runner's T-shirt
     
  • "The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."
    -Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
     
  • "If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."
    -Rob de Castella, on marathon running
     
  • "We all have bad days and bad workouts, when running gets ugly, when split times seem slow, when you wonder why you started. It will pass."
    -Hal Higdon
     
  • "The pain of training is nothing compared to the pain of not reaching your potential."
    -Josh Cox, US 50k Record Holder
     
  • "It's when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all."
    -Chrissie Wellington, four-time World Ironman Champion
     
  • "Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It's part of racing."
    - Frank Shorter
     
  • "Pain is just weakness leaving your body."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
     
  • "People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner."
    ― Dean Karnazes
     
  • "You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."
    -Martine Costello, on running marathons
     
  • "Suffering is an extraordinary teacher."
    -Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic marathoner
     
  • "Pain is temporary, pride is forever."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
     
  • "It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse."
    - Ann Trason
     
  • "Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder."
    -William Sigei
     
  • "Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when the awareness comes, it is excruciating."
    -John Farrington
    Also see: Marathon Running Quotes
     
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