Running Quote

Running quotes to motivate you to stay active

 

  1. “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” 
  2. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”—
  3. “Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” 
  4. “Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” 
  5. “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.”
  6. “I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.”

 

  1. “I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”

 

  1. “The pain of running relieves the pain of living.” 
  2. “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.” 
  3. “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.”

Running quotes to keep you inspired

  1. “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
  2. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” 
  3. “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” 
  4. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
  5. “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” 
  6. “After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.”
  7. “Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.” 
  8. “Ask yourself: “Can I give more?” The answer is usually: “Yes.” 
  9. “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” 
  10. “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.” 

Running quotes to motivate you for your next run

  1. “Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
  2. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days…I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it.” 
  3. “Running is real and relatively simple… but it ain’t easy.” 
  4. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” 
  5. “Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” 
  6. “Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” 
  7. “Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.”
  8. “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.” 
  9. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” 
  10. “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.”

 

Running quotes to help you get you moving

  1. “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.”
  2. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” 
  3. “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” 
  4. “There’s not one body type that equates to success. Accept the body you have and be the best you can be with it.” 
  5. “Get going … walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.”
  6. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” 
  7. “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.”
  8. “The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. nature.” ― Lynn Jennings
  9. “Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger
  10. “It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” – Emil Zatopek

Running quotes to keep you going

  1. “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”
  2. “A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” 
  3. “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” 
  4. “You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff.” 
  5. “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.” 
  6. “Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!” 
  7. “Run like hell and get the agony over with.”50. “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” 

Running quotes to keep you positive

  1. “I’ve learned that it’s what you do with the miles, rather than how many you’ve run” 
  2. “Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.” 
  3. “Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” 
  4. “A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” 
  5. “Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.” 
  6. “I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” 
  7. “It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.”
  8. “Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.” 
  9. “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.” 
  10. “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” 

Running quotes to keep you motivated

  1. “My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.” 
  2. “Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one.”
  3. “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” 
  4. “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.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “Different people have different reasons for racing, but one is simply the incentive to get out and run, increase mileage and feel good.”
  7. “Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.” 
  8. “No marathon gets easier later. The halfway point only marks the end of the beginning.”
  9. “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.” 
  10. “It’s amazing how the same pace in practice can feel so much harder than on race day. Stay confident. Trust the process.”

Running quotes that will change the way you think

  1. “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.” 
  2. “Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.”
  3. “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.” 
  4. “Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line.”
  5. “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.” 
  6. “Running is in my blood—the adrenaline flows before the races, the love/hate of butterflies in your stomach.”
  7. “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” 
  8. “No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.”
  9. “If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.” 
  10. “You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”

 

Running quotes to inspire and motivate

  1. “Two joggers passed, shoes cheerfully slapping against the pavement.”If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of short quotes that can make a big difference in your life.
  2. “When you run, the road belongs to you.”
  3. “Running is flying intermittently.”
  4. “Every race proves a new opportunity to educate myself about what it means to be a runner and what it means to run.”
  5. “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.”

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  1. “Run! Life’s too short to walk. Unless you don’t know where you’re running to, then move very slowly.”
  2. “I started running to escape the memories that drinking couldn’t cover up”
  3. “You can alter mood by running.”
  4. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days” 
  5. “Running strengthens self-motivation.”

Other motivational running quotes

  1. “Running … led to a deep happiness that only comes from doing what you love, what your soul screams at you to do upon waking each day.”

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  1. “Running is therapy anyone can afford.”
  2. “Running is a form of practiced stoicism. It means teaching your brain and body to be biochemically comfortable in a state of disrepair.”
  3. “Children run everywhere for a reason–it’s fun. Grown-ups can forget that sometimes.”
  4. “Those who never run long distance or meditate in their lifetimes, miss out on the best free drugs the planet has to offer.”

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  1. “When you feel life’s slow, run !”
  2. “Shut up and run.”
  3. “Running is like music. It requires rhythm and focus. It requires dedication. It requires a dogged ability to shut out everything else. The herd is strung out below me, keeping time with the thump and slap of their cross-trainers. I hold the sound in my head and subtract cars, trucks, motorcycles, voices until it’s nothing but a song.”
  4. “Your body is made to move so move it.”
  5. “Running is an effort to escape from comfort zone.”

 

More running quotes and sayings

  1. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” 
  2. “If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.” 
  3. “The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.” 
  4. “I’m alone, but I’m not lonely. I like who I am. I like who I’m becoming.” 
  5. “Running away from someone you love is a race you will never win.” 
  6. “The only way for you to keep your mind straight is to run from those who would confuse you.” 
  7. “Running ain’t no bad thing. Leastways if you run in the right direction.” 
  8. “My past is trying to catch up to me and I must continue to run from it. It’s the only way I can live.” 
  9. “Love is not running away or giving up, it is standing and fighting for every moment.” 
  10. “Tension, in the long run, is a more dangerous force than any feud known to man.” 

Inspiring Running Quotes

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must – just never give up.”

 

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

 

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”

 

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.”

 

“Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.”​

 

“Someday you won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day.”

 

“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.”

 

“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”

 

“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.”

 

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

 

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

 

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

 

“The benefits and opportunities of running are available to anyone. You don’t have to be born a natural athlete, and you don’t have to be uniquely gifted. A life-shaping experience is there for the taking, waiting right outside your door.”

 

“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.”

 

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

 

“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”

 

“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.”

 

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!”

 

“Relish the bad training runs. Without them it’s difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones.”

 

“Out on the roads, there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.”

 

“Running has taught me, perhaps more than anything else, that there’s no reason to fear starting lines…or other new beginnings.”

 

“There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, ‘Why am I doing this?’ But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.”

 

“To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.”

 

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

 

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.”

 

“Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be. If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting.”

“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”

 

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

 

“Challenge yourself and take a risk sometimes. You are stronger than you imagine.”

 

24 Motivational Quotes for Runners

 

“Don’t dream of winning, train for it!”

 

“Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days…I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it.” 

 

“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.” 

 

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

 

“I think I get addicted to the feelings associated with the end of a long run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, and sweat-purged. I love that good ache of the muscles that have done me proud.”

 

“A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” 

 

“It’s very hard at the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” 

 

“Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.” 

 

“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.”

 

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

 

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

 

“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”

 

“What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up.”

 

“On your good days, run hard. On your bad days, run as long as you need.”

 

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

 

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

 

“If you want to change your body, exercise. If you want to change your life, become a runner.”

 

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

 

“There will come a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day.” 

 

“It’s just as important to remember that each footstike carries you forward, not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes you are different in come way than you were the day before. This is all good news.” 

 

“What was the secret, they wanted to know; in a thousand different ways they wanted to know The Secret. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared, to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart-rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottoms of his training shoes. The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials. How could they be expected to understand that?”

 

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

“Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.”

 

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.”