Why a page of motivational running quotes?
Because we all need a little inspiration from time to time.
Because what we get from running depends on what we put in.
Usually, a few choice words can get us back on the road, or encourage us to push that little bit harder to achieve what we want.
What’s your favourite, what gets you out of the door, or what gets you pushing a little bit harder in training or racing?
Post a comment below.
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.
Patti Sue Plummer
I was 12 when I started and 34 before I achieved my dream, that should give people hope.
No Pain, no gain
I have met my hero, and he is me.
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.
If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn’t run hard enough
I’ve always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners.
The thinking must be done first, before training begins.
Hills are speedwork in disguise.
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.
Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
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.
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.
The only tactics I admire are do-or-die.
It is a paradox to say the human body has no limit. There must be a limit to the speed at which men can run. I feel this may be around 3:30 for the mile. However, another paradox remains – if an athlete manages to run 3:30, another runner could be found to marginally improve on that time.
Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.
The decathlon is nine Mickey Mouse events and the 1500 metres.
Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.
I prefer to remain in blissful ignorance of the opposition. That way I’m not frightened by anyone’s reputation.
Mind is everything: muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.
Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.
Charles Schulz, Peanuts
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.
Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.
There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout.
Any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.
Every run is a great run!
Why do I run? — I run because I can.
Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
T. Alan Armstrong
When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.
Jogging through the forest is pleasant, as is relaxing by the fire with a glass of gentle Bordeaux and discussing one’s travels. Racing is another matter. The frontrunner’s mind is filled with an anguished fearfulness, a panic, which drives into pain.
I was pushed by myself because I have my own rule, and that is that every day I run faster, and try harder.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful will win.
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.
What’s your favourite running quote?
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