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Quotes About Running Marathons

Get inspired with these marathon running quotes


Updated May 16, 2014

11. Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ:

"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."

12. Uta Pippig:

"I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here. "

13. Frank Shorter:

"You can actually suffer a little bit more going slowly than when you're going really fast. A faster marathon might even be easier than a slow one, in terms of what it takes out of you mentally. "

14. Ibrahim Hussein:

"At the two-thirds mark, I think of those who are still with me. Who might make a break? Should I? Then I give it all I've got."

15. Grete Waitz, after winning her first of nine New York City marathons:

"I'm never going to run this again."

16. Fred Lebow:

"Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon."

17. Unknown:

"It's not 26.2 miles...it's 10 water stops."

18. Barry Magee:

"Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count."

19. Bill Wenmark, running coach

"You should run your first marathon for the right reasons, because you'll never be the same person again. You must want to do it, not do it because your boss did it or your spouse did it."

20. Don Kardong:

"The key to running a good marathon is to not listen to anyone's advice the last week before the race. That's when people tend to do stupid things that disrupt all the input and training of the previous months."

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