Running Motivation

“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

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

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process – what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands – those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion.” | Silken Laumann

“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

“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.” | PattiSue Plumer

“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

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“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.” | Paul Tergat

“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. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” | Sir Roger Bannister

“There are a lot of guys out there now who know they are not working as hard as other people.  I can’t fathom how they think.” | Alberto Salazar

“What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” | Nietzsche

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” | Robert Collier

“You don’t run against a bloody stopwatch, do you hear?  A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him…Against all the rottenness in the world.  Against God, if you’re good enough.” | Bill Persons

“Consistency is king.” | Unknown

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

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” | Bill Bowerman

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

“One thing about racing is that it hurts.  You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.” | Bob Kennedy

“A man who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a man who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged.  No matter how logical his plans, he can not carry them out without physical suffering.” | Paul O’Neil

“‘No pain, no gain’ does not mean that pain systematically equals gain.  It’s easy to go hard.  It’s hard to go smart.” | Erwan Le Corre

This running motivation getting you ready to hit the trail?

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

“You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.” | Bill Easton

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

“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” | Percy Cerutty

“God has given me the ability.  The rest is up to me.  Believe.  Believe.  Believe.” | Billy Mills

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.” | Marilyn vos Savant

“Run hard when it’s hard to run” | Pavvo

“When you experience the run, you…relive the hunt.  Running is about thirty miles of chasing prey that can outrun you in a sprint, and tracking it down and bringing life back to your village.  It’s a beatiful thing.” | Shawn Found

“I want my time spent running to serve as a reward.” | Frank Shorter

“The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.” | Baron de Coubertin

“Remarkable health is the pursuit of the unconventional.” | Matt Gartland

“Always enjoy yourself.  Don’t be upset if you don’t win, you’ve won by simply not giving up.” | Unknown

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“To give anything less than your best is the sacrifice the gift.” | Steve Prefonataine

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

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” | Benjamin Franklin

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn|out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” | John Bingham

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” | John Wooden

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

“The race does not always go to the swift, but to the ones who keep running.” | Anonymous

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. | Earl Weaver

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” | Vince Lombardi

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” | Vince Lombardi

I don’t run…but this running motivation has got me ready to go!

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“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.” | Joe Louis

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” | Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” | Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is working in training to get gradually stronger.” | Keith Brantley

“Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.” | Siddhartha

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.” | Bruce Barton

“One late afternoon, after swimming in a lake, he began to jog around to ease his chill. Soon enough he found himself running for the sheer exhilaration of it, across the moor and toward the coast. The sky filled with crimson clouds, and as he ran a light rain started to fall. With the sun warming his back, a rainbow appeared in front of him, and he seemed to run toward it. Along the coast the rhythm of the water breaking against the rocks eased him, and he circled back to where he had begun. Cool, wet air filled his lungs. Running into the sun now, he had trouble seeing the ground underneath his feet, but still he rushed forward, alive with the movement. Finally spent as the sun disappeared from the horizon, he tumbled down a light hill and rested on his back, his feet bleeding, but feeling rejuvenated. He needed to reconnect to the joy of running, to get away from the tyranny of the track” | Neil Bascomb

“Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.” | Carlos Lopes

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” | Jesse Owens

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“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

“A coach can be like oasis in the desert of a runner’s lost enthusiasm.” | Ken Doherty

“Run hard, be strong, think big!” | Percy Cerutty

“If the hill has its own name, then it’s probably a pretty tough hill.” | Marty Stern

“I think some of the most celebrated moments in human achievement should be those times when everything is going against a person and they are down in the dumps but they simply choose to get up. That’s real greatness!” | Ryan Hal

“To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain – not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.” | Dr. George Sheehan

“I run because I used to be envious of people that could run, and now I am that person.” | Kendra Thompson

“Everything I know about life, I learned it from running.” | Ruben Toledo Rosado

“No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.” | Dr. George Sheehan

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“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” | Steve Prefontaine

“There’s nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve.” | OG Mandino

“Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go.” | T.S. Eliot

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.” | Susan Jeffers

“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 to quit.” | George Sheehan

“The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting as well.” | Baron de Coubertin

“Some runners judge performance by whether they won or lost. Others define success or failure by how fast they ran. Only you can judge your performance. Avoid letting others sit in judgment of you.” | Hal Higdon

“In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.” | Glenn Cunningham

“In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.” | Nikos Kazantzakis

“The crime is not to avoid failure, the crime is to not give triumph a chance.” | H. Weldon

“If you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.” |Emil Zatopek

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“The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.” | Herb Elliott

“I run because it’s my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I’m going where I’m going and I’m already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise… it’s a consistent reward for victory!” | Sasha Azevedo

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” | William Arthur Ward

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” | Rosalynn Carter

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” | Erica Jong

“Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.” | Aaron Douglas Trimble

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” | Thomas A. Edison

“Spirit…has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle.” | Unknown

“The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me.” | Leroy Burrell

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” | Bill Bowerman

“Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” | A.C. Green

“Running is ultimately a personal experience. It is a revival of the spirit, a private oasis for the thirsty mind. Yet, its healing power only increases in the presence of others. Run together and the oasis grows cooler and more satisfying.” | Amby Burfoot

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


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