A Compilation of Running Quotes

Running quotes remind us that we are not alone in the joys and struggles of our great running journey. Running quotes are motivating and a great way to start each day!

I hope some of the quotes below will resonate with you and your running experiences. Also, be sure to check out the goal quotes page for inspiring quotes about the power of focus and persistence when it comes to setting and achieving your running goals.

This list will be updated with new quotes periodically so please come back and visit!

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

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

Oprah Winfrey

As is true with life and in the run-if you are willing to pay the price that others will not-you will reap the benefits that others will not


Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.

Lowell Thomas

The five S's of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit.

Ken Doherty

Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain't easy.

Mark Will-Weber

Once you're beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line.

Todd Williams

Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!


You can never run a hill too hard, you will collapse before hurting it.


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.


Only think of two things - the report of the pistol and the tape. When you hear one, run like hell until you break the other.

Sam Mussabini

Cross Country - Finally a practical use for golf courses.


If you start to feel good during an ultra, don't' worry you will get over it.

Gene Thibeault

The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Jules Renard

Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.

Tom Fleming

A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they're capable of understanding.

Steve Prefontaine

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

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle 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 gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.


Why do I run? Why do I Breathe?

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Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.

Patti Sue Plumer

Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.

John Trautmann

If you went for a run today and didn’t sacrifice anything, congratulations you just jogged.


Running never gets easier, you just get faster.


If you can't run then walk. And if you can't walk, then crawl. Do whatever you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.

Dean Karnazes

Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.

Paul Tergat

Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.

Steve Prefontaine

To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away.


Finland has produced so many brilliant distance runners because back home it costs $2.50 a gallon for gas.

Esa Tikkannen

Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.

William Sigei

Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working.

Brian Tackett

Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind.

Sasha Azevedo

My greatest ideas stem from running.

Sasha Azevedo

There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.

George Sheehan

The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry form.

George Sheehan

Runners just do it - they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.


Marathon Running Quotes

Some people don't have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.


Good things come slow - especially in distance running.

Bill Dellinger

To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.

Jerome Drayton

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.

Frank Shorter

We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.

Emil Zatopek

I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here.

Uta Pippig

The marathons about being in contention over the last 10K. That's when it's about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what's left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.

Rob de Castella

I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.

Steve Jones

Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count.

Barry Magee

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