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

“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”
Richard O’Brien

“People don’t know why we run, but it’s the hard work you put into practice, and the reward you get from the race.”
Courtney Parsons

“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

“You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough.”
Bill Persons

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
John Wayne

“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.”
Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.”
Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind that says anything is possible.”
John Hanc

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”
Les Brown

“Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing your were running.”
Sarah Condor


“Part of a runner’s training consists of pushing back the limits of his mind..”
Kenny Moore

“Do the work. Do the analysis. But feel your run. Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running.”
Kara Goucher

“Don’t try to rush progress. Remember..a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing.”
Kara Goucher

“Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.”
Kara Goucher

“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

“Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.”
Author Unknown

“You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done.”
Adam Goucher

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

“All that running and exercise can do for you is make you healthy.”
Denny McLain

“Running helps me be more productive…I’ll be running until I’m a little old lady.”
Claudine Schneider, Congresswoman


“Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You’ll get there, I promise.”
Zoe Koplowitz, Achilles Track Club member with ms who required 24 hours on crutches but finished the 1993 New York City Marathon

“The human body can do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over.”
Sohn Kee-Chung

“Run hard, be strong, think big!”
Percy Cerutty

“Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.”
Lorraine Moller

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

“I run with my head, my heart and my guts, because physically, I don’t think I’ve got a great deal of talent or ability. I started at the bottom and worked up.”
Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder

“Good things come slow – especially in distance running.”
Bill Dellinger, Oregon Coach

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
T.S. Eliot

“If you under-train, you may not finish, but if you over-train, you may not start.”
Stan Jensen

“Keep your dream in front of you. Never let it go regardless of how far fetched it might seem.”
Hal Higdon

“My outlook is that I never want to look back and wonder how fast I could have been.”
Doug Mock

“There’s nothing a man can’t do if the spirit’s there.”
Franz Stampfl

“My goal has always been to slow down as slowly as possible. It’s as simple as that.”
Frank Shorter

“Last is just the slowest winner.”
C. Hunter Boyd

“Running has made being depressed impossible. If I’m going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured I’ll come back with clarity.”
Alanis Morissette

“If I only ran when nothing hurt, I would never run.”
Dana Carvey, actor and comedian