Here are some marathon quotes to keep you motivated during training and your race!

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“Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon.” Fred Lebow

“The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals.” Hal Higdon

“Marathons are about tenacity as much as talent.” John Bingham

“In the marathon anything can happen” Paula Radcliffe

“The marathon has so many elements to prepare for. I think that is one reason I always want to come back for more. There is always something to change in your preparation and I am still trying to discover what I am capable of. I guess I just love the challenge.” Dathan Ritzenhein

“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

“A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day’s effort, be it fast or slow. It’s all in conquering the challenge.” Mary R. Wittenberg

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer

“That’s the beauty and the horror of the marathon, that it has that sense of, ‘Am I going too fast? Could I blow up? Am I gonna hit the wall?’ And there’s something about overcoming that.” Ryan Lamppa

“Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best.” Meb Keflezighi

“You can actually suffer a little bit more going slowly than when you’re going really fast. A faster marathon might even be easier than a slow one, in terms of what it takes out of you mentally.” Frank Shorter

“When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.” Haile Gebrselassie

“No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes.” Don Kardong

“Marathoning is just another form of insanity.” John J. Kelly

“Anyone can run 20 miles. It’s the next six that count.” Barry Magee

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“Make your last thought before the start of a marathon: ‘If I’m not worried that I’m running a little too slow in the first half, then I’m probably running too fast.'” Jim Fortner

“The starting line of the New York Marathon is kind of like a giant time bomb behind you about to go off. It is the most spectacular start in sport.” Bill Rodgers

“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” Fred Lebow

“Marathons are extraordinarily difficult, but if you’ve got the training under your belt, and if you can run smart, the races take care of themselves. When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.” Deena Kastor

“The marathon never ceases to be a race of joy, a race of wonder.” Hal Higdon

“That day remains very special to me and if I had one day to live over in my lifetime, it would be my first marathon.” Dick Traum

“The marathon always starts after 30K. That’s where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it’s possible to have pain even in the finger.” Haile Gebrselassie

“The marathon is all about energy management. I had planned to run it like a track race with strategic surges to blow up my competitors by putting them into oxygen debt, so that is the way I prepared.” Frank Shorter

“Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.” Dean Karnazes Finish

“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.” Rob de Castella

“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

“The marathon is an art; the marathoner is an artist.” Kiyoshi Nakamura

“There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, Why am I doing this? But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.” Steve Jobs

“Motivation remains key to the marathon: the motivation to begin; the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit.” Hal Higdon

“The marathon can humble you.” Bill Rodgers

“The key to running a good marathon is to not listen to anyone’s advice the last week before the race. That’s when people tend to do stupid things that disrupt all the input and training of the previous months.” Don Kardong

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

“You can’t cram for the final. By that, I mean you’re not going to get any fitter during the last couple of weeks before the race. So don’t try cramming any last minute long runs or extra training. The best thing you can do for your body is rest.” Gordon Bakoulis Bloch

“To be effective over the last 6 miles of a marathon, one must harbor some sort of emotional as well as physical reserves.” Kenny Moore

“Divide the marathon into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” Mike Fanelli

“Rather than going into a marathon with just one goal-such as finishing in a very specific time-develop a range of goals so that you increase your chances of success.”Jerry Lynch

“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” Frank Shorter