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Motivational Running Quotes

Get Inspired With These Running Quotes


Updated May 16, 2014

  • "You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don't run and never will... those who run but don't race...those who started training for a race but didn't carry through...those who got to the starting line but didn't in the finish line...those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You're still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you've outlasted."
    - Joe Henderson, running writer
  • "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
    -John Bingham, running speaker and writer

  • "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right."
    -Henry Ford

  • "Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time."
    -Michael Sargent
  • "Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running."
    -Sarah Condor

  • "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
    -William Faulkner

  • "Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do."
    - Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic Gold medalist and women's running pioneer

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

  • "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run."
    -Monte Davis

  • "I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards."
    -Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon

  • "What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate."
    -John Bingham, running writer and speaker

  • "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars."
    -Les Brown

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