Running Quotes

Motivation to run can be hard to muster up sometimes. Running quotes can often give me some added inspiration  and remind me why I love running on those days when it seems impossible to lace up the shoes.  Here are some of my favorite running quotes. 

“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

“A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself.” – Deena Kastor

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

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

“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” –Bart Yasso

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

“I think I get addicted to the feelings associated with the end of a long run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, and sweat-purged. I love that good ache of the muscles that have done me proud.” – Kristin Armstrong

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

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

“A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” – Unknown

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

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

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“We are designed to run and we increase our chance of daily happiness when we do so.” – Jeff Galloway

“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” – Meb Keflezighi

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout.” – Kathrine Switzer


  1. Margo Murphy | 20th Jun 18

    Awesome quotes! I needed these.

    • Half Crazy Mama | 21st Jun 18


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