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The Greatest Inspirational
Running Quotes

This page is a collection of motivational and inspirational running quotes. It has inspirational quotes for runners and marathoners by athletes and coaches of the sport. Enjoy the following inspirational running quotes.

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

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple.
I tell myself: Get out of the blocks,
run your race, stay relaxed.
If you run your race, you'll win....
Channel your energy. Focus.
-Carl Lewis

If you set a goal for yourself
and are able to achieve it,
you have won your race.
Your goal can be to come in first,
to improve your performance,
or just finish the race it's up to you.
-Dave Scott

Good things come slow- especially in distance running.
-Bill Dellinger

A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest.
I run to see who has the most guts.
-Steve Prefontaine

Run hard, be strong, think big!
-Percy Cerutty

Once you're beat mentally,
you might was well not even go to the starting line.
-Todd Williams

The body does not want you to do this.
As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong.
You always go too far for your body.
You must handle the pain with strategy...
It is not age; it is not diet.
It is the will to succeed.
-Jacqueline Gareau

It's elevating and humbling at the same time.
Running along a beach at sunrise
with no other footprints in the sand,
you realize the vastness of creation,
your own insignificant space in the plan,
how tiny you really are,
your own creatureliness
and how much you owe to the supreme body,
the God that brought
all this beauty and harmony into being.
-Sister Marion Irvine, Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier

More Inspirational Running Quotes

Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not.
When you race him, he will win.
-Tom Fleming, training sign on his wall

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

I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds.
Run the first part with your head,
the middle part with your personality,
and the last part with your heart.
-Mike Fanelli

The marathon's about being in contention over the last 10K.
That's when it's about what you have in your core.
You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself,
and it really comes down to what's left inside you.
To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself
is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.
-Rob de Castella

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

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another.
Your mind can't know what's coming.
-Frank Shorter

If marathoners finish they win.
-Dr. George Sheehan

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 hump higher than that.'
The human spirit is indomitable.
-Sir Roger Bannister

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle-
when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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