Motivational Running Quotes

I originally started compiling these quotes when making a running-themed gift for my husband….now that I’m back on the 5k training they apply here too.

Please feel free to leave a few if you stumble across some good ones.

  • “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
  • “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”  Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
  • “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “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.”  Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile
  • “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  John Bingham
  • “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.”  Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon
  • “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  Edward Stanley
  • “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
  • “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
  • “If you are going through hell, keep going.”  Winston Churchill
  • “The most important day in any running program is rest. Rest days give your muscles time to recover so you can run again. Your muscles build in strength as you rest.”  Hal Higdon
  • Ask yourself: “Can I give more?”. The answer is usually: “Yes”.  Paul Tergat
  • “Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it’s working.”  Brian Tackett
  • “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”  Doug Larson

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