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Running Quotes from Famous Female Runners

Get Inspired With These Running Quotes


Updated April 17, 2014

Reading inspiring quotes from other runners can give you a big motivation boost. Get inspired to run with these running quotes from female runners:

Grete Waitz:

"For every finish-line tape a runner breaks -- complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras -- there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about."

Joan Benoit Samuelson:

"The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships."

Kathrine Switzer:

"There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout."

Paula Radcliffe:

"I have always felt strongly about introducing the benefits of sports to children and others. Running has brought me such a great deal as a person, and I want others to share this feeling."

Wilma Rudolph:

"I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I'm competing with is me."

Jackie Joyner-Kersee:

"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."

Betty Cuthbert:

"You've got to stick at a thing, a particular thing, until you succeed. I feel that's the only way to succeed -- by concentrating on something in particular. Once you know what you've got to do you will succeed, you will succeed."

Mary Decker Slaney:

"I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes."

Deena Kastor:

"When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel."

PattiSue Plumer:

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."

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