Today, we’re simply enjoying another set of running quotes for inspiration…or maybe you’ve simply been Googling to find something great to share as your Instagram caption for today, ha! That’s just fine too.
I love the way a good quote speaks to exactly the emotions I’ve been feeling on the run or gives me a mental boost when I need it most. Running requires mental training though it’s often not listed in our training plans, it’s a must.
I hope these running quotes become part of your training log.
Running Quotes for Inspiration
Most of these quotes are from fellow runners, but a few like this first one are more about the truth of what keeps us going…mind over legs.
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
— George S Patton
“The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.”
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
“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
“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.”
— Hal Higdon
“Some sessions are stars and some are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them.”
— Chrissie Wellington
“You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running.”
— Florence Griffith Joyner
“Training is like building a sandcastle. Every grain of sand is important, even if you can’t see them all.”
— Alexi Pappas
“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.”
— Steve Prefontaine
“My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.”
— John Bryant
“Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.”
— Kara Goucher
“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
“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”
— John Bingham
“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
— Dan Gable
The five S’s of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit.
— Ken Doherty
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.
— George Sheehan
Forward is a pace.
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