40 Running Quotes That Will Motivate You to Get Moving

For those who love to run, running is more than just a workout. It’s a way of life, a way to keep oneself healthy. We’ve heard about its benefits, but to actually experience them is to live better each day – you’re stronger, faster, and with energy that doesn’t disappoint. Once you’ve felt how running brings value into your life, you’d never want to stop.

Running may be an activity that involves your body to constantly move, but its advantages go beyond the physical. Whether you’re overwhelmed at work or at school, or dealing with something difficult, running can help to clear your mind and reduce stress. It may not take away all your troubles, but it can provide some comfort and relief by soothing your mind.

If you want to incorporate running into your lifestyle, these inspirational running quotes can motivate you to get started already. Chances are, you’ll feel better when you do.

Inspirational Running Quotes

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going – Beverly Sills

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

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

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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

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

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 run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. – John Bingham

Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be. – Dr. George Sheehan

Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running. – Sarah Condor

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A champion is not made when he succeeds, a champion is made when you look back at the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months he has spent preparing

I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought. – Arthur Blank

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

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With self-discipline most anything is possible. – Theodore Roosevelt

Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic. – Tim Noakes

Every day is a good day when you run.  – Kevin Nelson

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Haruki Murakami

Set aside a time solely for running. Running is more fun if you don’t have to rush through it – Jim Fixx

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In my case, I thoroughly enjoy running 100-odd miles a week. If I didn’t I wouldn’t do it. Who can define happiness? To some, happiness is a warm puppy or a glass of cold beer. To me, happiness is running in the hills with my mates around me. – Ron Clarke

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

My philosophy on running is: I don’t dwell on it, I do it – Joan Benoit Samuelson

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

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

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It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.

When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t. – Peter Snell

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

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If you want to win something run 100 meters. If you want to experience something run a marathon – Emil Zatopek

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.

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

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What is the purpose of any one workout? Enjoyment? Improvement? Coach said so? Whatever, the hour you run often is the best hour of the day. – Hal Higdon

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving. – Maurice Greene

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong

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

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Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley

To give anything less than your best is the sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefonataine

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

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Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. – Doris Brown Heritage

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

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. – Haruki Murakami

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