90 Inspiring and Motivating Running Quotes

 Running Quotes

“Overcoming the difficulties of an ultramarathon reminds me that I can overcome the difficulties of life.” — Scott Jurek


“All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.” Haruki Murakami


“How to run an ultramarathon  Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line.” Dean Karnazes


“As long as I kept my body moving I could forget about the emptiness inside.” — Haruki Murakami


“I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” — Dean Karnazes


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier


“Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” Dean Karnazes


“I’m not human. I’m a piece of machinery. I don’t need to feel a thing. Just forge on ahead.” — Haruki Murakami


“Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.” — Dean Karnazes


“The marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.” — Dean Karnazes


“The marathon never ceases to be a race of joy, a race of wonder.” — Hal Higdon


“Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” Kara Goucher


“If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you’ll catch them.” — Dean Karnazes


“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” — Meb Keflezighi


“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.” — Christopher McDougall


You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face. Gatorade


“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” Steve Prefontaine


Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. Lowell Thomas


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” — John Bingham


“Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” — Dean Karnazes


The five S’s of sports training are Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit. Ken Doherty


It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it. Brooks Johnson


“Sport, like all of life, is about taking your chances.” — Roger Bannister


“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” — Christopher McDougall


“Don’t fight the trail, take what it gives you. If you have a choice between one step or two between rocks, take three.” Christopher McDougall


Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better. - Juha Vaatainen


“I don’t just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” Amby Burfoot


I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Muhammad Ali


“I stopped worrying about the start. The end is what’s important.” — Usain Bolt


“Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence. Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.” — Dean Karnazes


“We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.” — Alberto Salazar


If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Robert Pirsig


“What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.” James Dyson


“I’ve been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don’t go out and just run. There’s an offense and a defense.” — Steve Prefontaine


“The ‘Tarahumara’ use their legs ‘as designed.’ By running at a young age with minimal footwear, they naturally develop the best biomechanical use of their legs. Cushioned shoes restrict foot movements and allow for over-striding. Short strides are natural.” — Christopher McDougall


“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” Pierre Cornielle


“The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.


There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records.” Sir Roger Bannister


I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.” Danny Dreyer


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” — Haruki Murakami


“There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” Kristin Armstrong


“You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn’t live to love anything else…We were born to run; we were born because we run” Christopher McDougall


““That was the real secret of the Tarahumara they'd never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind's first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. — Christopher McDougall


“Anyone can do running. Running should be easy. It should be fun. It should include everyone. It shouldn’t be a punishment for eating cheesecake, which is what we’ve turned it into.” — Christopher McDougall


“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” — Steve Prefontaine


“You can hurt more than you ever thought possible, then continue until you discover that hurting isn’t that big a deal.” — Scott Jurek


“A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” Steve Prefontaine


“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” — Steve Prefontaine


There is an itch in runners. - Arnold Hano


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.  - Jacqueline Gareau


“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” Joan Benoit Samuelson


“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” — Steve Prefontaine


“We are the biggest sissies in the jungle. Every other animal is stronger than we are – they have fangs, they have claws, they have nimbleness, they have speed. We think Usain Bolt is fast – Usain Bolt can get his ass kicked by a squirrel.” — Christopher McDougall


“Running gives me confidence.” — Steve Prefontaine


“I love to run and I have some tips to keep it fresh and novel. I rarely use the same route twice. That keeps things new.” — Dean Karnazes


“Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.” Dr. George Sheeha


“I never feel more alive than when I’m in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship Suffering Bring it!” — Dean Karnazes


Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers


Fear is a great motivator. - John Treacy


“Train where your fitness is NOW, not where you want to be.” — Scott Jurek


The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world. Sebastian Coe


My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy. - John Bryant


“You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.” — Christopher McDougall


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington


“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” — Frank Shorter


Some people train knowing they’re not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think. - Alberto Salazar


“There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” — Dean Karnazes


“One chance is all you need.” — Jesse Owens


“Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.” — Dean Karnazes


“We’ve created an unnatural form of running. It’s not just the shoes, but we run on artificial surfaces – straight ahead, hard and steady – instead of speeding up and slowing down, reacting to the terrain with changes of pace and rhythm.” — Christopher McDougall


“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” — Kathrine Switzer


Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami


“I work hard, and I do good, and I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m not going to let you restrict me.” — Usain Bolt


“I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” Dean Karnazes


All it takes is all you got. Marc Davis


“We wouldn’t be alive without love we wouldn’t have survived without running maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.” — Christopher McDougall


“I have my whole office set-up at waist level; I don’t sit at all during the day. Sitting, to me, is the devil.” — Dean Karnazes


“We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.” Christopher McDougall


“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


“You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week, or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime.” — Mark Allen


“Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.” — Dean Karnazes


Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made. Patti Sue Plumer


“Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.” — Jimmy Buffett


“Everyone is built for running.” — Christopher McDougall


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


Run like hell and get the agony over with. Clarence DeMar


“The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.” Haruki Murakami


“In Tarahumara land, there was no crime, war or theft. There was no corruption, obesity, drug addiction, greed, wife-beating, child abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, or carbon emissions. They didn’t get diabetes, or depressed, or even old 50-year-olds outran teenagers.” — Christopher McDougall


“Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon.” — George A. Sheehan


“Humans are built for endurance, not speed. We’re awful sprinters compared to every other animal. We try to run our races as if they were speed races, but they are not. They’re endurance races. Even a marathon, the way it’s run now, it’s not an endurance contest.” — Christopher McDougall


“I run to see who has the most guts.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Endurance running was my passion, my ride. So here, I was in the driver’s seat, running for two days straight pushing the mental and physical limits striving to be better, to go farther, to give more.” — Dean Karnazes


“If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.” — Amby Burfoot


“The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.” — Dean Karnazes


“When I ran across America, for 75 days I ate 10,000 calories a day. I still lost about five pounds.” — Dean Karnazes


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Haruki Murakami


“We are designed to run and we increase our chance of daily happiness when we do so.”Jeff Galloway


“If you can run six miles on a summer day, then you, my friend, are a lethal weapon in the animal kingdom.” — Christopher McDougall


“It works better for me to be nervous and hungry.” Lance Armstrong


“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.” — Joyce Carol Oates


“The longer and farther I ran, the more I realized that what I was often chasing was a state of mind – a place where worries that seemed monumental melted away, where the beauty and timelessness of the universe, of the present moment, came into sharp focus.” — Scott Jurek


“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir


“Perhaps all our troubles – all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can’t overcome – began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.” — Christopher McDougall


Ask yourself “Can I give more” The answer is usually “Yes”. Paul Tergat


“If you can’t win your race, make sure the guy ahead of you breaks the record.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Everything you ever wanted to know about yourself, you can learn in 26.2 miles.” — Lori Culnane


The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare. Juma Ikangaa


“I don’t think limits.” — Usain Bolt


Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine. John Trautmann


“Only recently have we come up with the technology to turn lazing around into a way of life. We’ve taken our sinewy, durable, hunter-gatherer bodies and plunked them into an artificial world of leisure.” — Christopher McDougall


“Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.” Dean Karnazes


“Believe in your dreams and that anything is possible.” — Usain Bolt


My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy. John Bryant


“When I'm running I don't have to talk to anybody and don't have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can't do without.” — Haruki Murakami


Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself. Shannon Miller


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Theodore Roosevelt


“Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days.” — Rob Haneisen


“We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.” — Dean Karnazes


“We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.” — Christopher McDougall


“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” Christopher McDougall


“Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy – but that’s okay, because it’s largely their fault.” Christopher McDougall


“I always want to give more than I gave yesterday.” — Allyson Felix


“Endurance, after all, is the only reason we even exist. We think of ourselves as nature’s deadliest animals, but the truth is, a naked human is the biggest wimp in the wild. We have no fangs, no claws, no strength, and no speed.” — Christopher McDougall


“When all else fails, start running!” — Dean Karnazes


“A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” — Emil Zatopek


Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line. Todd Williams


“I’m a runner first before anything else.” — Haile Gebrselassie


“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


“One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish.” — Haruki Murakami


“We runners are all a little nutty, but we’re good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge.


Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That’s our only message.” John J. Kelley


“Even if you’re inches away from the finish, never take success for granted.” — Dean Karnazes


“As powerful as our legs are, as magnificent as our lungs and arms and muscles are, nothing matters more than the mind.” — Scott Jurek


“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.” Billy Mills


“Indeed, the marathon wouldn’t be a big deal if it didn’t require a little blood, a lot of sweat, and perhaps a few tears.” — Luke Humphrey


“Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish.” — Scott Jurek


My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself “Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.” Carl Lewis


“We were born to run; we were born because we run.” — Christopher McDougall


“Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.” Patrick Ness.


“Running is the heart of what it means to be human.” — Christopher McDougall


“I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary.” — Dean Karnazes


The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do. Walter Bagehot


“You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.” Bill Easton


“You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done.”Adam Goucher


“Injuries are our best teachers.” — Scott Jurek


“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.” — Steve Prefontaine


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


“To be a good runner, you must first be a good athlete.” Jay Johnson


“Were designed for persistence hunting, which is a mix of running and walking. Whats built into that kind of running is a sense of pleasure. You are designed and built and perfect for this activity, and it should be enjoyable and fun.” — Christopher McDougall


“Humans aren’t built to sit all day. Nor are we built for the kinds of repetitive, small movements that so much of today’s specialized work demands. Our bodies crave big, varied movements that originate at the core of our body.” — Scott Jurek


“Part of a runner’s training consists of pushing back the limits of his mind.” — Kenny Moore


“If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.” — Dean Karnazes


“All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other.” — Kathrine Switzer


“We’ve got a motto here-you’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.” — Christopher McDougall


“Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.” — Lorraine Moller


“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighbors you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”NIKE


“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


“What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” Nietzsche


“The long run puts the tiger in the cat.” Bill Squires


“Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.” — Christopher McDougall


“We strive toward a goal, and whether we achieve it or not is important, but it’s not what’s most important. What matters is how we move toward that goal.” — Scott Jurek


'I just run. I run in void. Or maybe I should put it the other way I run in order to acquire a void.' — Haruki Murakami


“We must wake up to the fact that athletics is not, nor ever can be perfected; there will always be more to learn.” Arthur “GreatHeart” Newton


“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.” Christopher McDougall


“Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” — Kara Goucher


“Only the most saintly and delusional among us welcomes all pain as challenge, perceives all loss as harsh blessing.” — Scott Jurek


“If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.” — Christopher McDougall


“If it felt good, you didn’t push hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.” — Dean Karnazes


“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” — Henry Ford


“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” Percy Cerutty


“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” — Dean Karnazes


“No matter how hard you train, Somebody will train harder. No matter how hard you run, Somebody will run harder. No matter how hard you want it, Somebody will want it more, I am Somebody.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain.” — Christopher McDougall


“The only one who can beat me is me.” — Michael Johnson


If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy. Amby Burfoot


It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Seneca


“Don’t run with your legs, run with your heart.” — Dean Karnazes


The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that. There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records. Sir Roger Bannister


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


“When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.” — Haile Gebrselassie


“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.” John Bingham


“Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.” — Emil Zatopek


“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


“When you experience the run, you…relive the hunt. Running is about thirty miles of chasing prey that can outrun you in a sprint, and tracking it down and bringing life back to your village. It’s a beautiful thing.” Shawn Found


The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. John Bingham


“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today’”Peter Maher


“To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year — but for a lifetime.” Bill Rodgers


“Ask nothing from your running, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.” — Christopher McDougall


Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. Steve Prefontaine


Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. Christopher McDougall


“A lot of ultramarathoners are soloists. They’re single and live lives off the grid.” — Dean Karnazes


You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done. Adam Goucher


“The pride in finishing a marathon is much greater than all the pain endured during the marathon.” — Hal Higdon


I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards. Alberto Salazar


“What I like most about track is the feeling I get after a good run.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Running teaches us that we are capable of so much more than we ever imagined.” — PattiSue Plumer


“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.” — Christopher McDougall


“You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done.” — Adam Goucher


“My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.”John Bryant


When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t. Peter Snell


“I do a lot of marathons as training runs. If I’m somewhere and there’s a marathon, I’ll sign up and just go run it.” — Dean Karnazes


“If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.” Emil Zatopek


“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves.” — Roger Bannister


“Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” Gail W. Kislevitz


The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal to become the person I am.  George Sheehan


“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” Bill Bowerman


“If you read folklore and mythology, any kind of myths, any kind of tall tales, running is always associated with freedom and vitality and youthfulness and eternal vigor. It’s only in our lifetime that running has become associated with fear and pain.” — Christopher McDougall


“Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.” — Dean Karnazes


“Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.” Lorraine Moller


“Sometimes the road to wellness isnt a well-marked expressway.” — Scott Jurek


“Go out hard and finish harder.” — Dean Karnazes


“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.” — Emil Zatopek


“Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy.” Mark Will-Weber


“Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance Get to know your running shoes.” — Dean Karnazes


“We all have bad days and bad workouts, when running gets ugly, when split times seem slow, when you wonder why you started. It will pass.” — Hal Higdon


“I move, therefore I am.” — Haruki Murakami


“I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling – all that stuff. But it’s just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It’s humbling, really.” — Dean Karnazes


Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today” Peter Maher


“For me, it’s about optimizing health. It’s about lifestyle and longevity. Then you think about what vegetarian diets can do for the mass population, in terms of lower consumption of resources. When you look at the numbers, it’s pretty staggering.” — Scott Jurek


“I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.” — Allyson Felix


“If one could run without getting tired I don’t think one would often want to do anything else.” — C. S. Lewis


“I always tell my athletes, don’t confuse difficulty with failure.” — Eric Orton


“Triumph over adversity that’s what the marathon is all about. Nothing in life can’t triumph after that.” — Kathrine Switzer


“Running taught me to have faith in my skills as a writer. I learned how much I can demand of myself, when I need a break, and when the break starts to get too long. I known how hard I am allowed to push myself.” — Haruki Murakami


“Channel your energy. Focus.” — Carl Lewis


“No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.” — Steve Prefontaine


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius


“All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.” — Haruki Murakami


“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” Emil Zatopek


“Nature’s arena has a way of humbling and energizing us.” — Scott Jurek


“I’ve raced on all seven continents at least twice. I’ve probably run thousands of races. But the single race that I’m most proud is a 10K. Yes, a 10K. I ran it with my daughter on her 10th birthday.” — Dean Karnazes


“Life is for participating, not for spectating.” — Kathrine Switzer


“Don’t let fatigue make a coward out of you.” — Steve Prefontaine


“If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.” — Unknown


“For nearly 2 million years, our ancestors survived and thrived and spread across the planet because they could run other mammals into heat exhaustion.” — Christopher McDougall


“It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.” — Carl Lewis


Runners don’t do drugs, they make their own … naturally. E. Neil Culbertson


“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.” — Steve Prefontaine


“The thing about Pre is that he ran as hard as he could every race, and if you were going to beat him, you were going to have to run harder than he did.” Bob Kennedy


“There is a growing subculture of barefoot runners, people who got rid of their shoes. And what they have found uniformly is you get rid of the shoes, you get rid of the stress, you get rid of the injuries and the ailments.” — Christopher McDougall


“If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.” Christopher McDougall


“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” — Dean Karnazes


“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


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


Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself. Shannon Miller


Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy. Mark Will-Weber


“We all know that if you run, you are pretty much choosing a life of success because of it.” — Deena Kastor


“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” Dean Karnazes


The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life. George Sheehan


I often lose motivation, but it’s something I accept as normal.” Bill Rodgers


“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.” Steve Prefontaine


“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. ” — Oprah Winfrey


“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable


Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms. Joyce Carol Oates


“Run hard when it’s hard to run” Pavvo


“Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy – but that’s okay, because it’s largely their fault.” — Christopher McDougall


“Learn to run when feeling the pain, then push harder.” — William Sigei


“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” Marilyn vos Savant


Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running. Julie Isphording


“Runners are competitive folks. I think some might feel slighted they haven’t got more recognition. I think they have a point. In running, you won’t necessarily get noticed just for turning in good performances.” — Dean Karnazes


“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” Meb Keflezighi


Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first. Unknown


“To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.” — Haruki Murakami


“I run with a credit card and a cell phone, so when there is not a 7-Eleven around, like some of the country roads out there, I can get him to deliver a pizza to me. And I kind of give them a coordinate, a corner.” — Dean Karnazes


“For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn’t.” — Dean Karnazes


“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” — Steve Prefontaine


“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” Bill Dellinger


 

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