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Quotes About Running Marathons

Get inspired with these marathon running quotes


Updated May 16, 2014

21. Seen on a running T-shirt:

"Anyone can run a hundred meters, it's the next forty-two thousand and two hundred that count."

22. Gordon Bakoulis Bloch:

"You can't cram for the final. By that, I mean you're not going to get any fitter during the last couple of weeks before the race. So don't try cramming any last minute long runs or extra training. The best thing you can do for your body is rest."

23. Asics:

"First you feel like dying. Then you feel reborn."

24. John Bingham:

"Marathons are about tenacity as much as talent."

25. John J. Kelly, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon:

"Marathoning is just another form of insanity."

26. Kathrine Switzer, women's marathoning pioneer:

"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon."

27. Jerry Lynch:

"Concentrate on small segments of your race at a time. For example, rather than obsessing about the distance that remains, simply complete the next mile in good form...try another, then another, until the race is done."

28. Mary R. Wittenberg, president, New York Road Runners Club:

"A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day’s effort, be it fast or slow.  It's all in conquering the challenge."

29. Unknown:

"Always concentrate on how far you've come, rather than how far you have left to go."

30. Jim Fortner:

"Make your last thought before the start of a marathon: 'If I'm not worried that I'm running a little too slow in the first half, then I'm probably running too fast.'"

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