120+ Inspiring Quotes About Running

QUOTES ABOUT RUNNING AND RACING

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


A runner’s creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best. – Ken Doherty


Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run. – Jumbo Elliot


Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport. – Bill Rodgers


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


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


Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.                           – John Trautmann


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


For me, races are the celebration of my training. – Dan Browne


For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I’m more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. – Lorraine Moller


I always loved running… It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. – Jesse Owens


I always thought of running as just dancing forward. – Tom Hiddleston


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


If one could run without getting tired I don’t think one would often want to do anything else. – C. S. Lewis


If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it. – Priscilla Welch


If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk. – Bill Rodgers


It is true that speed kills.  In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.           – Brooks Johnson


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 per cent mental and the other half is physical. – Rich Davis


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


My greatest ideas stem from running. – Sasha Azevedo


My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble. – Bill Rodgers


No matter how old I get, race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.                – George Sheehan


Racing is the fun part; it’s the reward of all the hard work. – Kara Goucher


Road racing is rock ‘n roll; the track is Carnegie Hall. – Marty Liquori


Run like you stole something. – Unknown


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


Run the first two-thirds of the race with your head and the last third with your heart.         – Unknown


Running helps me stay on an even keel and in an optimistic frame of mind.                       – William J. Clinton


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


Running is in my blood-the adrenaline flows before the races, the love/hate of butterflies in your stomach. – Marcus O’Sullivan


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


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


Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance.           – Noel Carroll


Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did. – Nelson Mandela


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


The marathon is like a bullfight. – Alberto Salazar


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


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


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


There are as many reasons for running as there are days in a year… But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child. – George A. Sheehan


There is an itch in runners. – Arnold Hano


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


To be a good runner, you must first be a good athlete. – Jay Johnson


We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. – Alberto Salazar


We run to undo the damage we’ve done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered. – John Bingham


We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. – Roger Bannister


When the gunshots, you got to go. – Ato Boldon


When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting. – Doris Brown Heritage


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


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


You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back. – Steve Prefontaine


You didn’t beat me. You merely finished in front of me. – Hal Higdon


Your goal is simple: Finish. Experience your first race, don’t race it. – Bob Glover


MOTIVATIONAL RUNNING QUOTES

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


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


Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible. – William Shakespeare


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


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


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


Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not. – Dr George Sheehan


Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life. – Haruki Murakami


Go as long as you can, and then take another step. – Unknown


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


I can’t run more than two miles at a time, but when I am in the car I become a running machine. – Debasish Mridh


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


If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running. – Jimi Hendrix


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


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


If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.                – Michael Jordan


If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy. – Amby Burfoot


If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon. – Emil Zatopek


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


It’s a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do. – Alan Sillitoe


It’s very hard to understand in the beginning 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 to quit. – George Sheehan


Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.          – Mahatma Gandhi


Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way.               – Jennifer Rhines


Nothing, not even pain, lasts forever. If I can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually get to the end. – Kim Cowart


Run a lot of miles, some faster than your race pace, and rest, once in a while. – Michael Joyner, MD


Run hard when it’s hard to run. – Paavo Nurmi


Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing! – Unknown


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


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


Running … led to deep happiness that only comes from doing what you love, what your soul screams at you to do upon waking each day. – S.F. Hick


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


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


Running is a form of practised stoicism. It means teaching your brain and body to be biochemically comfortable in a state of disrepair. – Matthew Inman


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


Running is flying 
intermittently. – Alain Bremond-Torrent


Running is one of the best solutions to a clear mind. – Sasha Azevedo


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


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


Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy. – Dean Karnazes


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


Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner.    – Thomas King


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


The marathon can humble you. – Bill Rodgers


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


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


The runner must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy it.                  – Franz Stampfl


There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner. – Dean Karnazes


There will come a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day. – Unknown


Those who never run long distance or meditate in their lifetimes miss out on the best free drugs the planet has to offer. – Robert Black


Until you accept responsibility for your life, someone else runs your life.                             – Orrin Woodward


Wars aren’t won by running. – Alexandra Christo


We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. – Unknown


When you run in the places you visit, you encounter things you’d never see otherwise.        – Tom Brokaw


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


RUNNING QUOTES TO KEEP YOU GOING

Be sincere in your thoughts; be pure in your feelings. You will not have to run after happiness. Happiness will run after you. – Sri Chinmoy


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


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


If at first, you don’t succeed … run. – Joey Comeau


Life doesn’t run away from anybody. Life runs at people. – Joe Frazier


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


One run can change your day; many runs can change your life. – Unknown


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


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


Stay in the race. Keep running. Keep walking. Keep praying. The Lord will renew your strength. – Jeffrey R. Holland


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


We were born to run; we were born because we run. – Christopher McDougall


What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up. – Unknown


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