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Motivational Running Quotes

Get Inspired With These Running Quotes

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Updated April 11, 2014

  • "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
    --John Bingham

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back."
    -Irish Proverb

  • "A course never quite looks the same way twice. The combinations of weather, season, light, feelings and thoughts that you find there are ever-changing."
    -Joe Henderson, running writer

  • "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, 4-time Olympic Gold medalist in Track and Field

  • "It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do."
    -Alan Sillitoe

  • "We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
    -Jesse Owens, 4-time Olympic Gold medalist at the 1936 Olympics

  • "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

  • "I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."
    --Steve Prefontaine

     

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