The Best Quotes About Running

quotes about runningHere’s a great list of quotes about running. Running is one of those activities where you can love and hate at the same time. Some days, you’ll feel great while other days, you’ll feel beat up. While most people view running as a physical thing, a lot of it is a mental thing. One of the greatest benefits of running is that it teaches you to push yourself. It teaches you to silence that voice in your head that tells you to give up. It trains you to take control of your life and destiny.

For many, running isn’t just a physical activity or a sport, it’s life. It’s also a great way to relieve stress that’s been building up throughout the day or week. You can learn a lot about yourself when you run. Those inner conversations and thoughts can be quite interesting. Many find that the benefits they get when they run can carry over into other parts of their life. Aside from being more fit, many find they are more alert and even have more confidence in what they do.

If you’ve ever thought about running, quit thinking about it, put on some running shoes and just do it.

Let’s start with some motivational running videos. The first is of Will Smith talking about how running is one of the keys to life:

Classic running scene from Forest Gump:


“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

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

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

“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

“If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.” – Wid Matthews

“I love running. I’m not into marathons, but I am into avoiding problems at an accelerated rate.” – Jarod Kintz

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.” – Lynn Jennings

“Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get.” – Joe Catalano

“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it, you feel you can do anything.” – Unknown

“I’m going to go out a winner if I have to find a high school race to win my last race.” – Johnny Gray

“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 will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” – Jules Renard

“Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.” – Jim Fixx

“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.” – John Bingham

“Endurance? You’ve only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run.” – Percy Cerutty

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

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

“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

“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

“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” – Tom Fleming

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

“Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.” – Michael Sargent

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

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

“Running is a great cure for depression, you can’t run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time.” – Unknown

“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

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” – PattiSue Plumer

“There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.” – Unknown

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

“If you start to feel good during an ultra, don’t worry you will get over it.” – Gene Thibeault

“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

“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.” – Michael Johnson

“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.” – George Sheehan

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Stacy Jones

“Forget all the reasons why you can’t run today and believe the one reason why you should run today.” – Unknown

“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

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

“To be number one, you have to train like you’re number two.” – Maurice Green

“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

“There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.” – Usain Bolt

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