105+ Best Running Quotes: Inspiring Selection

Running gives you an almost indescribable feeling of accomplishment, if you don’t give up when you start running. It also helps you to clear your mind and reduces stress. And, there are a lot of more benefits of running.

However, sometimes it is not easy to find the motivation. Famous quotes about running will inspire you before your next run, keep you fueled and broaden your horizons.

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Famous Running Quotes

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

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. John Bingham

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

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Don’t dream of winning, train for it! Mo Farah

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 the lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. Christopher McDougall

Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable. Kara Goucher

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days. Ronald Rook

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

I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together. Haruki Murakami

My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy. John Bryant

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Fred DeVito

It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek

The pain of running relieves the pain of living. Jacqueline Simon Gunn

All it takes is all you got. Marc Davis

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars. Les Brown

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami

If you start dreaming you are not running fast enough. Jacob Vermeire

Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle. Kara Goucher

If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four hour run, you ain’t getting them. Christopher McDougall

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Seneca

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

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

After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you. V.E. Schwab

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

Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished. Patrick Ness

If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Robert Pirsig

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

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

Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Elliot

When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t. Peter Snell

Running is real and relatively simple but it ain’t easy. Mark Will Weber

I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought. Arthur Blank

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

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

Long-distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical. Rich Davis

I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner. Bart Yasso

Don’t fear moving slowly forward fear standing still. Kathleen Harris

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard to find alloy called guts. Dan Gable

Doesn’t matter how fast you cross the finish line if you’re running the wrong race. Richie Norton

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. Pierre Cornielle

I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali

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

As every runner knows, 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

Run like hell and get the agony over with. Clarence DeMar

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

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

To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year  but for a lifetime.  Bill Rodgers

Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running. Julie Isphording

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.  Theodore Roosevelt

There’s not one body type that equates to success. Accept the body you have and be the best you can be with it. Mary Cullen

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.  Alberto Salazar

Get going  walk if you have to, but finish the damned race. Ron Hill

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

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. Art Williams

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami

We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time. Christopher McDougall

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste death but once. Julius Ceaser

The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. natüre. Lynn Jennings

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

Good things come slow, especially in distance running. Bill Dellinger

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

It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek

Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare.

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare. Juma Ikangaa

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

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

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

You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff. Lemony Snicket

Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. Steve Prefontaine

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

The thing about Pre is that he ran as hard as he could every race, and if you were going to beat him, you were going to have to run harder than he did. Bob Kennedy

Run like hell and get the agony over with. Clarence DeMar

Good judgement is the result of experience, experience is the result of bad judgment. Mark Twain

The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart. Bill Bowerman

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.  Jacqueline Gareau

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

Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant. Dr. George Sheeha

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

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

Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you. Desiree Linden

The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world. Sebastian Coe

A runner must run with dreams in his heart. Emil Zatopek

Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself. Shannon Miller

Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present. Kevin Nelson

Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up. Amby Burfoot

It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued. Hal Higdon

I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did I run because it always takes me where I want to go. Dean Karnazes

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see. Jimmy Buffett

I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle. Danny Dreyer

Running is a road to self awareness and reliance you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. Doris Brown Heritage

The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own. Christopher McDougall

Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one. George Sheehan

A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest.  I run to see who has the most guts.  Steve Prefontaine

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

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.  Juma Ikangaa

I’m always nervous. If I wasn’t nervous, it would be weird. I get the same feeling at all the big races. It’s part of the routine, and I accept it. It means I’m there and I’m ready. Allyson Felix

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