RUNNING QUOTES

Need a little inspiration? Here are some of my favorite quotes that I’ve collected over the years. Some are specifically related to running, and some are important to keep you motivated in general. If you have a quote that speaks to you and you think it has a place here, e-mail it to me!

“I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.” – Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

“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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi

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

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

“Every morning in Africa, an antelope 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 antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb

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

“I have fought the fight. I have run the race. I have kept the faith.” – II Timothy 4:7

“Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing; Strong and content, I travel the open road.” – Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

“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

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

“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.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” – Pat Tyson

“If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn’t run hard enough” – Steve Jones

“There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can’t. Yet, in your belief you’ll find the strength, you’ll find the ability, to do it anyway.” – Ralph Marston

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

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

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

“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford

“Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson

“Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport.” – Bill Rodgers

“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.” – Priscilla Welch

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Unknown

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

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

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

“If you are a runner, it doesn’t matter how far or how fast. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no tests to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” – John Bingham

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

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