Make a run for it! Here are over 200 Running Quotes to Keep You Active!

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, everyone can use a little motivation to keep going. Check out these running quotes for some inspiration to help you get through your next run.

There’s something about a good quote that inspire us to keep going. When we’re feeling low, or doubting ourselves, a simple phrase can give us the motivation to keep on keeping on.

And what better way to get motivated for a run than by reading some inspirational running quotes? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite running quotes to get you pumped up for your next run.

I was born to be

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

Mary Decker Slaney

Running is the greatest

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

Oprah Winfrey

I've failed over and

I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

Of all the sports

Of all the sports I’ve tried, some have come and gone but running has always been there for me. It’s the simplest of things to do: shove your trainers on and just go.

Mel C

It's no fun to

It’s no fun to sit down and talk about what exercise has to do with life… go drip that sweat, run until we’re fatigued, to where the mind can’t ponder the past or the future, well, then you’ve got something… It’s fun to feel healthy, and it’s fun to feel good.

Matthew McConaughey


All great achievements require time.

Maya Angelou

Running is great for

Running is great for your body. It will increase your energy levels and helps you to clear your mind.

Heidi Klum

I'll be happy if

I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.

Haruki Murakami

Happy hour

What is the purpose of any one workout? Enjoyment? Improvement? Coach said so? Whatever, the hour you run often is the best hour of the day.

Hal Higdon

Race it

You didn’t beat me. You merely finished in front of me.

Hal Higdon

Inner strength

Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the spectre of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough

Hal Higdon

It's not so much

It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.

Hal Higdon

Feel good factor

Different people have different reasons for racing, but one is simply the incentive to get out and run, increase mileage and feel good.

Hal Higdon


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

George Sheehan

Why race?

Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one.

George Sheehan


No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.

George Sheehan


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


My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.

George Sheehan

Private time

Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.

Gail W. Kislevitz

Sweat it off

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



It doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Fred Lebow

In running, it doesn't

In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Fred Lebow


The runner must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy it.

Franz Stampfl


Racing is an escape from society. From symbols of status, and self-perception. A chance to just be. For everyone to just be, with each other.

Erin Beresini

Keep going

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing

Frank Shorter

Courage and endurance

Success rests in having the courage and endurance, and above all, the will to become the person you are

Dr George Sheehan


Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.

Dr. George Sheehan

On the line

When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.

Doris Brown Heritage

Running is a road

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.

Doris Brown Heritage

Body limits

When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limit that we put on ourselves.

David Goggins


For me, races are the celebration of my training.

Dan Browne

Runners itch

There is an itch in runners.

Arnold Hano

Running a marathon is

Running a marathon is not a question of whether it will be painful, but when it will be painful. It does help to have a sense of humor, but I’m also respectful of the race.

Will Ferrell

We can't all be

We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

Will Rogers

If the sun comes

If the sun comes up, I have a chance.

Venus Williams

I go running when

I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.

Wendy Liebman

Catch you

After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.

V.E. Schwab

Exercise is so amazing

Exercise is so amazing from the inside out. I feel so alive and have so much energy.

Vanessa Hudgens

It makes me feel

It makes me feel like I can conquer anything that comes at me. I’m never tapped out. I’m never tired around my two kids. I owe a lot of that to running.

Travis Barker

You can alter mood

You can alter mood by running.

Tumpal Sihombing

When you run, the

When you run, the road belongs to you.

Toni Sorenson

Your body is made

Your body is made to move so move it.

Toni Sorenson

Once you're beat mentally,

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

Todd Williams

Running is therapy anyone

Running is therapy anyone can afford.

Toni Sorenson

Only those who risk

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T.S. Elliot

Something happens to me

Something happens to me when I run. People think it’s crazy when I say it. All of my ideas come in when I run. That is my time where it’s just me, where I get to create.

Theo Rossi

Most people run a

Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.

Steve Prefontaine

You cannot propel yourself

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

Steve Prefontaine

Be so good they

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Steve Martin

Most guts

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

Steve Prefontaine

I woke up on

I woke up on my birthday and said, ‘I want to run 10 miles.’ I just wanted to see if I could run double-digit mileage.

Sterling K. Brown

Quality is much better

Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

Steve Jobs

Two joggers passed, shoes

Two joggers passed, shoes cheerfully slapping against the pavement.

Sara Shepard

Remember, the feeling you

Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.

Sarah Condor

Whoever established the high

Whoever established the high road and how high it should be should be fired.

Sandra Bullock

It's amazing how the

It’s amazing how the same pace in practice can feel so much harder than on race day. Stay confident. Trust the process.

Sara Hall

I don't run to

I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.

Ronald Rook

I am a running

I am a running joke. Waking up at 4:30 am and jogging anywhere from 11 to 23 miles has been nothing short of horrifying.

Ryan Reynolds

I love running cross

I love running cross country. On a track, I feel like a hamster.

Robin Williams

I've learned that it's

I’ve learned that it’s what you do with the miles, rather than how many you’ve run

Rod DeHaven

It started to become

It started to become what I looked forward to most; it was the only time I got to be in my own head.

Rob Riggle

Those who never run

Those who never run long distance or meditate in their lifetimes, miss out on the best free drugs the planet has to offer.

Robert Black

I like trails more

I like trails more than roads. I’ve jumped over my share of rattlesnakes. I’ve seen mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, hawks.

Reggie Miller

Long distance running is

Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.

Rich Davis

If you want to

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.

Priscialla Welch

It's an acquired skill,

It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends, all while you’re running! But we have mastered it.

Reese Witherspoon

Ask yourself: Can I

Ask yourself: Can I give more? The answer is usually: Yes.

Paul Tergat

When it's pouring rain

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

Life equals running and

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

Patrick Ness

There are clubs you

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.


Running is the classical

Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance.

Noel Carroll

I believe that the

I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.

Neil Armstrong

Someone who is busier

Someone who is busier than you is running right now.


Running has been my

Running has been my main form of exercise. I’ve been running five or six days a week. I love it.

Natalie Coughlin

Run! Life's too short

Run! Life’s too short to walk. Unless you don’t know where you’re running to, then move very slowly.

Neil A. Hogan

Exercise is like meditation

Exercise is like meditation for me. And I’m giving myself that time . . . I cannot live without it now. When you have such a good workout, it clears everything up mentally, physically, and you just have a better day.

Minka Kelly

Don't dream of winning,

Don’t dream of winning, train for it!

Mo Farah

My doctor told me

My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.

Milton Berle

I love running but

I love running but I think you have to find a work out routine that really speaks to you beyond trying to get goals for your body. For me, running, I need it as much for my head and to clear my head as I do for keeping in shape.

Meghan Markle

There's not one body

There’s not one body type that equates to success. Accept the body you have and be the best you can be with it.

Mary Cullen

Running is a form

Running is a form of practiced stoicism. It means teaching your brain and body to be biochemically comfortable in a state of disrepair.

Matthew Inman

Running is the movement

Running is the movement of a free human being. It doesn’t demand any special premises or machines. You only need to put on your shoes and get going. Let the blood circulate. Then everything becomes much clearer.

Markus Torgeby

If you can't fly

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Running is my alone

Running is my alone time. I have people around me all the time, all day. The only time I have alone is when I’m running, or when I’m at church. Running’s easier to fit in.

Mario Lopez

If you've never had

If you’ve never had a bad day running, you’re probably doing something wrong. If you’ve never had a good day running, you’re definitely doing something wrong.

Mark Remy

Strength does not come

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Running is in my

Running is in my blood – the adrenaline flows before the races, the love/hate of butterflies in your stomach.

Marcus O’Sullivan

Don't just doodle

[Working out] really did make me feel better and kind of saved me. It gave me a bit of sanity . . . I’m serious about my exercise. I don’t just doodle around. I see people at the gym talking on their cell phones. If they think their bodies are really going to change . . . I mean, you’ve got to put in the effort!

LeAnn Rimes

You would run much

You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff.

Lemony Snicket

I love the way

I love the way that it makes my body feel and it’s just my time for myself where I can get out there and think and let my mind go.

Laila Ali

Just keep moving. Someone

Just keep moving. Someone said this to me a long time ago. It’s a Buddhist saying, I think: ‘There is no wasted effort.’

Lauren Graham

Nothing, not even pain,

Nothing, not even pain, lasts forever. If I can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually get to the end.

Kim Cowart

There is something magical

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

I like what it

I like what it does for my mind. If I’ve had a bad day, if I’m feeling stressed out, if I’m feeling overwhelmed – it takes it all away. It’s my antidote for everything. If I feel any sort of emotional upheaval, I go for a jog and I feel better.

Kelly Ripa

If I continue to

If I continue to set goals and accomplish those goals, that means I’m doing something right.

Kevin Hart

Don't fear moving slowly

Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.

Kathleen Harris

If you are losing

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

Kathrine Switzer

Running has always been

Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary – something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.

Kara Goucher

Running became the one

Running became the one event in my daily life that I looked forward to. Books and movies paled in comparison to the refuge of my feet slapping patiently in the fresh morning air

Kate Kinsey

Never underestimate the power

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

Kara Goucher

Running allows me to

Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.

Kara Goucher

Running is the quickest

Running is the quickest endorphin hit I can get. I like to do it really early in the morning, before everyone gets up. It gives me a clear head and sort of resets the clock. It’s like, ‘OK, I got that out of the way. Now I can deal with people.’

Julie Bowen

Run often. Run long.

Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.

Julie Isphording

Everyone in life is

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

John Trautmann

Don't be afraid to

Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s not the end of the world and in many ways it’s the first step toward learning something better and getting better at it.

Jon Hamm

The miracle isn't that

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

John Bingham

My feeling is that

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

John Bryant

If you run, you

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

It was being a

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

As every runner knows,

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

No marathon gets easier

No marathon gets easier later. The halfway point only marks the end of the beginning.

Joe Henderson

Children run everywhere for

Children run everywhere for a reason – it’s fun. Grown-ups can forget that sometimes.

Jim Butcher

Go fast enough to

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.

Jimmy Buffett

I am 100 percent

I am 100 percent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy.

Jennifer Lopez

Unless you puke, faint,

Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!

Jillian Michaels

Just running the streets

Just running the streets was absolutely everything and more than I possibly expected.

Jennie Finch

I run every day.

I run every day. It’s like medicine.

Jennifer Carpenter

The pain of running

The pain of running relieves the pain of living.

Jacqueline Simon Gunn

There are times when

There are times when I feel lazy and just want to stay in bed all day, but I know that working out is the best way to get those endorphins going, which will make me feel better emotionally and physically.

Heather Locklear

When I'm working 16-hour

When I’m working 16-hour days and I can’t work out, I get angry very easily. It’s because I’m missing all those good endorphins. For me, exercise equals happiness.

Heather Morris

Pand and suffering

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Haruki Murakami

Clouds in the sky

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

Nostalgic silence

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

If we had a

If we had a drug that did what exercise did, it would be the biggest revolution ever and would be promoted all over the world. And all you have to do is go out for a run.

Greg Wells

The only failure is

The only failure is not to try.

George Clooney

The best runner leaves

The best runner leaves no tracks.

from Tao Te Ching

There are many challenges

There are many challenges to long-distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one’s house keys.

Gabrielle Zevin

I never listen to

I never listen to music when I run – I listen to the beat of my heart. I like to feel the blood pumping in my veins. If I’m running for a long time, I take my hydration pack. I like to disappear up a mountain or into the woods and come back two hours later.

Fred Sirieux

If it doesn't challenge

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

Fred DeVito

The trouble with jogging

The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.

Franklin P. Jones


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

Emil Zatopek

It gave me a

It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise.


Another life

If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.

Emil Zatopek

The experience

If you want to win something run 100 meters. If you want to experience something run a marathon.

Emil Zatopek

Running is the basis

Running is the basis of all the training that I do…it’s like an escape.

Ellie Goulding


A runner must run with dreams in his heart.

Emil Zatopek

Natural high

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

E. Neil Culbertson

You must do the

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life changing

When you cross the finish line, no matter how slow or fast, it will change your life forever.

Dick Beardsley

Every marathon I ran,

Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me.

Dick Beardsley

Confidence in training

Be confident in the work you did to prepare for the race. Take a look back at your training logs to remind yourself that you’ve done everything possible to prepare. The race is the fun part where you get to see the hard work pay off. Enjoy it.

Desiree Linden


Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.

Desiree Linden


We all know that if you run, you are pretty much choosing a life of success because of it

Deena Kastor

I feel like when

I feel like when I am running, it not only helps change me physically, it also improves my state of mind.

Derek Hough

Magic in misery

There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.

Dean Karnazes


The beauty of running is its simplicity; the beauty of runners is that we all have a similar drive to improve. We are either trying to run a personal best, or toeing the line for the first time, which will snowball into a future of trying to run personal bests.

Deena Kastor

Running therapy

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

Beyond the confort zone

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

Crawl if you must

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up

Dean Karnazes

Inner peace

Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.

Dean Karnazes

Fading footprints

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

I started running to

I started running to escape the memories that drinking couldn’t cover up

Dean Karnazes

One foot forward

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

Coming back to running

Coming back to running after a few weeks off is really tough. It’s humbling. Nothing wrong with a large dose of humility.

Davina McCall

Running is a lot

Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge.

Dave Bedford

Don't tell

I would never tell anybody I ran an 8-hour marathon

Dan Pena

Engage the struggle

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


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

Dan Gable

No pain no gain

Run like hell and get the agony over with.

Clarence DeMar

The man who moves

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Love running

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

I always run without

I always run without music. Being disconnected is what I’m addicted to more than anything. There aren’t many places where you can be without your phone and computer. I’ve started to crave and enjoy that time alone.

Christy Turlington


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

Christopher McDougall

Good times

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

In the spirit of running

The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.

Christopher McDougall

Born to run

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 you don't have

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

Christopher McDougall

Just run

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

99 problems

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

Christopher McDougall

Blame game

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

Christopher McDougall

Trail away

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

Nothing lifts me out

Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.


This is the hardest

This is the hardest thing I’ve ever put my body through, but for me, running is a mental game. I’ve learned that if I can convince myself to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, then I can run as far as I want to.

Chip Gaines

Running is something you

Running is something you can do and be alone in your thoughts, and I like that.

Carole Radziwill

Jogging is very beneficial.

Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.

Charles M. Schultz


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


Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined

Carlos Lopes

Speed kills

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

Brooks Johnson

I really love going

I really love going places without a map. When I went running in Paris, I headed for a monument or a statue that I could see off in the distance. To get back where I started, I simply used the GPS on my phone.

Brooklyn Decker

Overcoming obstacles

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

To me, sweat is

To me, sweat is workout bliss.

Brooke Burke-Charvet

Try harder

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

I choose the things

I choose the things that I want to do, and they all revolve around one thing: food. Even my running has to do with food. I run to stay in shape so I can eat what I want.

Bobby Flay

For me, working out

For me, working out is a form of therapy, its cathartic for me, it’s a good stress reliever. I know that when I go to the gym I am taking care of myself and I know I’ll feel so much better afterwards.

Bob Harper

Running is alone time

Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days

Bob Hneisen


God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.

Billy Mills

Don't race

Your goal is simple: Finish. Experience your first race, don’t race it.

Bob Glover


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

Bill Rodgers


The long run puts the tiger in the cat.

Bill Squires

Be bold

My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.

Bill Rodgers

The marathon can humble

The marathon can humble you.

Bill Rodgers

Proverbial Icing on the

Good health, peace of mind, being outdoors, camaraderie: those are all wonderful things that come to you when running. But for me, the real pull of running—the proverbial icing on the cake—has always been racing.

Bill Rodgers

Lose motivation

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

Bill Rodgers

All out

You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.

Bill Easton

Up the pace

A change of pace in terms of your running pace will give you strength psychologically

Bill Rodgers

Fair weather runners

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.

Bill Bowerman

Slow wins

Good things come slow, especially in distance running.

Bill Dellinger

Not about winning

The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.

Bill Bowerman

If you have a

If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Bill Bowerman

No limits

Never limit where running can take you. I mean that geographically, spiritually, and of course, physically

Bart Yasso

Things that hurt, instruct.

Things that hurt, instruct.

Benjamin Franklin

We are all runners

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

Step one to running

Step one to running a marathon: You run. There is no step two.

Barney Stinson


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

Arthur Newton

I'm not telling you

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Art Williams

We are what we

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


Never give up

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

Running is kind of

Running is kind of like a coffee. The first time you drink it you might not like it. It’s bitter and leaves a bad taste in your mouth but you kind of like the way it makes you feel. However, after a few times, it starts to taste better and then all of a sudden you’re hooked and it’s the new best part of waking up.

Amy Hastings


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

Amby Burfoot

As we run, we

As we run, we become.

Amby Burfoot


I’m always nervous. If I wasn’t nervous, it would be weird. I get the same feeling at all the big races. It’s part of the routine, and I accept it. It means I’m there and I’m ready.

Allyson Felix

Don't be a jogger,

Don’t be a jogger, they’re the one’s who find dead bodies.

Amanda Brooks

Hard work

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

Alberto Salazar

I'm all about breaking

I’m all about breaking mental boundaries, and training for a marathon falls right into the Jedi mind-training I need.

Alicia Keys


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

Alberto Salazar

There's a great empowerment

There’s a great empowerment that I get from running, not only from the endorphins . . . Being a runner, to me, has made being depressed impossible. If ever I’m going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured that I’ll come back with clarity and empowerment.

Alanis Morissette


It’s rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud.


I remember looking at

I remember looking at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and thinking, ‘What have I signed up for here?’ It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Okay, here we go!’ Your corral starts off and you start running, and I guess the adrenaline kind of gets you going, and you’re literally off to the races; you’re fine.

Al Roker


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

In the groove

A run begins the moment you forget you are running


Duke it out

I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let’s get down and dirty. Let’s fight it out. It’s raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There’s no better feeling than that.

Adam Goucher


I love the marathon … It’s a challenge, and if you don’t like challenges, something is wrong with your life.

Abdi Abdirahman
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