71+ 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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Running Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going. — Unknown

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

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

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

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

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. — George S Patton

I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that. ― Dean Karnazes

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

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

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

Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time. — Michael Sargent

What is the source of my success? I think it’s a combination of consistency and balance. — Mark Allen

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

The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar. — Unknown

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 along run. — Monte Davis

Clear your mind of can’t. — Samuel Johnson

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

Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. — Joyce Carol Oates

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

We are designed to run and we increase our chance of daily happiness when we do so. — Jeff Galloway

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

In running, every step you make and every push forward changes you, it transforms you into a different person. Every single run adds something to you and then it also takes something away. You are not the same person you were at the starting line and by the time you cross the finish line, your inner self has been reinvented and reimagined. — Zen of Running

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

Running is a road to self-awareness 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

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. — Haruki Murakami

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

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, LOVE of what you are doing. — Pele

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

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

Patience is the key which solves all problems. — Sudanese proverb

Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for. — Paul Maurer

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. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. — John Bingham

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. — Haruki Murakami

It’s my own space, my own time, when I’m just out there letting my thoughts go. It’s part of my day like eating, and it’s one of my favorite parts. — Louise Kent

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

What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner. — James Dyson

There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul. — Kristin Armstrong

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

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

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

I breathe in strength and breathe out weakness,’ is my mantra during marathons it calms me down and helps me focus. — Amy Hastings

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

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit. — Dr George Sheehan

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

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

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

I am not afraid of storms. I am learning how to sail my ship. — Louisa May Alcott

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

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky

Remember, everything you need is already inside of you. — Unknown

My feet have several thousand meetings scheduled with the dirt on a trail not far from here. Who am I to keep them waiting? Time to run. — Jeb

The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank. — George Sheehan

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

Ask yourself: Can I give more?” The answer is usually: Yes. — Paul Tergat

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

Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys. It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. — Paul Maurer

Running strips life back to the bare essentials. When we challenge ourselves, it breaks down barriers. It brings us back to our essence and peels away the layers of ego we surround ourselves with. — Grahak Cunningham

Someone who is busier than you is running right now. — Nike

The pride in finishing a marathon is much greater than all the pain endured during the marathon. — Hal Higdon

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 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

The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that. There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records. — Sir Roger Bannister

Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner. — Dean Karnazes

As athletes we have ups and downs. Unfortunately you can’t pick the days they come on. — Leena Kastor

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing. — Frank Shorter

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

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