Motivational Running Quotes to Get Some Fire in Your Shoes

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Some days you just need some motivation or inspiration to run. Maybe you are bored, tired, or maybe you forgot why you run. If you are just starting out and learning about running for beginners, maybe you need a good running quote to give you a reason to run. Or, some of you just need a good laugh. Today, I want to share several quotes from some famous people as well as some not-so-famous people that will get you inspired and motivated to run!

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

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

“Ninety-eight percent of success is in the head and the heart.”
-Cathy Ferguson, Olympic swimming

“The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one.”
 -L. Ron Hubbard, author

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude is how well you do it.”
 -Lou Holtz

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

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

“When you run in places you visit, you encounter things you’d never see otherwise.”

“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”

People ask why I run. I say “If you have to ask, you will never understand”.
It is something only those select few know.
Those who put themselves through pain, but deep down know how good it feels.

Don’t ask me why I run. Ask yourself why you don’t.

“What matters is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

During the Sydney Olympics Kenyan long-distance runner Kip Lagat was asked why his country produced so many great runners.

“It’s the road signs,” he replied. “‘Beware of lions’!”

“Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”


Marathon Quotes

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

To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who’s never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
Jerome Drayton

I wanted to give credit and thanks to the site of Josh Hoffman, track coach at 
Pleasant Valley High School for several of these cool quotes. Also, please go check out his site for more running quotes at the link provided.


And, here is one more ‘quote’ that I just thought was funny.  If you are reading this blog, then this is probably not you.   I think this person could learn to appreciate excercise a little more, what do you think??

What do You Think?
What was your favorite running quote?

Do you have a quote to share?

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