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50 Inspiring Running Quotes

Updated on July 31, 2014
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"Stadiums are for spectators.  Runners have nature and that is much better."  And 49 other running quotes.
"Stadiums are for spectators. Runners have nature and that is much better." And 49 other running quotes. | Source
"Anybody Can be a runner. We were meant to move.  We were meant to run."  And 49 other inspring running quotes.
"Anybody Can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run." And 49 other inspring running quotes. | Source

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50 Best Running Quotes On the internet

  1. 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, running speaker and writer

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

    -Oprah Winfrey

  3. Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.

    -Michael Sargent

  4. Every day is a good day when you run.

    -Kevin Nelson

  5. The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.

    -George Sheenan

  6. Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run.

    -Bill Rodgers

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

    -Bill Bowerman

  8. Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. -Doug Larson

  9. Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot. –author unknown

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

    -John Bingham

  11. 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

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

    -Christopher McDougall

  13. People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.

    - Dean Karnazes

  14. When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. At this point, willpower will be no problem. - Emil Zatopek

  15. There will come a point in the race, when you alone will need to decide. You will need to make a choice. Do you really want it? You will need to decide. - Rolf Arands

  16. My sport is your sport's punishment.

  17. Running helps me stay on an even keel and in an optimistic frame of mind. -Bill Clinton

  18. If found on ground, please drag to finish line.

    -Seen on the back of runner's T-shirt

  19. Fast girls have good times.

  20. Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work hard to get better.

    -Paul Coffey

  21. 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.


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

    –Dean Karnazes

  23. I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not.

    -John Bingham

  24. If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now. -Nike Ad

  25. My mascara runs faster than you do.

  26. Back of shirt: Like my shirt? After the race, I'll let you read the front.

  27. Obsessed is a word lazy people use to describe the dedicated.

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

  29. The voice inside your head that says you can't do this is a liar.

  30. Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.

    -Julie Isphording

  31. If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today. -Wid Matthews, Chicago Cubs

  32. Joggers bounce up and down at stoplights. Runners just stand there looking pissed.

  33. You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand.

    Martine Costello

  34. You can't go back and make a brand new start, but you can start now and make a brand-new end.
    -Jack Garmise

  35. You don't have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.

  36. Don't run away from challenges. Run over them.

  37. They're very tenacious. They're dedicated. Once a woman decides she's going to do something, she'll probably stick to it. The only problem with women is if there's anything wrong with them, they won't tell you. They'll get out there and run on one leg. They don't moan and groan like a lot of men do.

    -Arthur Lydiard

  38. Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.

  39. To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain - not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.
    --Dr. George Sheehan

  40. When I was running today, I heard someone clapping. It was just my thighs cheering me on.

  41. You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running.
    --Florence Griffith-Joyner

  42. In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.
    --Glenn Cunningham

  43. I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done.

  44. Do no go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner...
    A winner is somebody who gave his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can...who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means they've given it their best. That's a winner." -Walter Payton

  46. The real workout starts when you want to stop.

  47. Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
    --George Moore

  48. There may be a day that I can no longer do this. But that day is not today.

  49. Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.

    Juha Väätäinen, Finland

  50. 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.

    - Patti Sue Plummer


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    • swathi180 profile image


      7 years ago

      Wonderful list of inspiring quotes to dream big, accept challenges and make our life much better :-)

    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your comments! I think these are great quotes. Many of them aren't just great quotes for running, but for life in general.

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      Chris Mills 

      7 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Mandy, I did not want to read this Hub, but I couldn't say no either. Finally, I just gave in. I was a runner from 1971 to 2005. I ran three marathons in addition to countless other races not to mention just my own daily runs, especially trail runs. I can't run anymore, but I can ride my bike and do some hiking and snowshoeing. The quotes are great. Dean K's quotes always hit the bulls eye. Thanks for putting together this inspirational hub.

    • maheshpatwal profile image


      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Superb list of inpiration quotes which keep on inspiring you........

    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by everyone! Sometimes we just need the motivation to get out there and "Just do it". :)

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great inspirational quotes within this well written hub !

    • miftahur profile image

      Miftahur Roziqin 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Inspire me today

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Inspiring! Great list of quotes. I have bookmarked the page. :)


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