Here is a list of quotes to keep you inspired, motivated and running.

“Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.”
Gail W. Kislevitz, writer

“When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.”
Deena Kastor

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

“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

“Don’t let fatigue make a coward of you.”
Steve Prefontaine

“Running gives me confidence.”
Steve Prefontaine

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
Jesse Owens


“Once you’ve committed yourself to something, pace yourself to the finish line.”
Meb Keflezighi

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

“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.”

“The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”

“Runners don’t do drugs, they make their own … naturally.”
E. Neil Culbertson

“If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.”
Amby Burfoot

“To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.”
Amby Burfoot

“Every time I go out and race it’s a goal to go out and run faster than I’ve done before.”
Paula Radcliffe

“Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.”
Joan Benoit Samuelson

“My philosophy on running is, I don’t dwell on it, I do it.”
Joan Benoit Samuelson

“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

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”
George Sheehan

“Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medallist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory.” George Sheehan

“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

“Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.”
George Sheehan

“A runners creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best.”
Ken Doherty

“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Michael Jordan


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

“If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.”
Emil Zatopek

“A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket.”
Emil Zatopek

“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

“I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me.”
Wilma Rudolph

“I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.”
Wilma Rudolph

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Wilma Rudolph

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

“Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.”
Dean Karnazes

“Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.”
Dean Karnazes

“Unless you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not living to the fullest. You can’t be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven’t pushed hard enough.”
Dean Karnazes

“If you want to be a successful runner, you have to consider everything. It’s no good just thinking about endurance and not to develop fine speed.”
Arthur Lydiard

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”
Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner


“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, New York City Marathon co-founder

“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, U.S. Olympian

“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

“Sport, like all life, is about taking your chances.”
Sir Roger Bannister

“If a man coaches himself, then he has only himself to blame when he is beaten.”
Sir Roger Bannister

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

“Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run.”
Monte Davis

“There is an itch in runners.”
Arnold Hano

“We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.”
Alberto Salazar

“If you want to achieve a high goal, you’re going to have to take some chances.”
Alberto Salazar

“Spend at least some of your training time, and other parts of your day, concentrating on what you are doing in training and visualizing your success.”
Grete Waitz

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

“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

“Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.”
Jim Fixx

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

“For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.”
John Bingham

“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”
John Bingham

“Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I’m content with what I can do and if I’m completely satisfied with my pace, distance and form as a runner. It’s only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards.”
John Bingham

“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”
John Bingham