Some of my favorites:

Mile 1: Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20

Mile 2: The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8

Mile 3: I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as the mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. Matthew 17:20

Mile 4: To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. Luke 19:26

Mile 5: I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Mile 6: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we can not see. Hebrews 11:1

Mile 7: ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11

Mile 8: Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. I Timothy 4:12

Mile 9: We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Mile 10: Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Mile 11: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5

Mile 12: With God’s help we will do mighty things. Psalm 60:12

Mile 13: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3

Mile 14: We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:9

Mile 15: The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Mile 16: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Mile 17: It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

Mile 18: Be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded. Chronicles 15:7

Mile 19: Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Mile 20: He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11

Mile 21: Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23

Mile 22: The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

Mile 23: I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize… Philippians 3:13

Mile 24: Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17

Mile 25: I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

Mile 26: Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Mile 26.2: But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

I believe not only IN you, I believe YOU.

What are your favorite motivational Bible verses?



  1. Great post! Here is one of my favorites:

    I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32

    • hello I’m 65 year old and my time is 41.29 and I’ wish could do better and went I’ run I’ do it for the Glory of my Jesus my Lord and savior he give the strength I’ run on marathon 5K and some time 10k my time on 10K is 1:26 I’m happy I’ make it to the finish line with God help please can’t you tell me what is good to eat before the day of running and is a good diet need to now for to lose 10 pound my weigh is 135 is I’ weight less I’ cant do better thank you and God Bless you Sincerely Diana L. Stewart

  2. juanitagf says:

    Love, love, love this post!!!

  3. evamadera says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Meredith says:

    Tears in my coffee… beautiful! Thank you for sharing all those!

  5. awesome

    what a great idea.
    printing this out now.

  6. I love your blog and your post! I love love love the Isaiah 40:31. Every time we sign the hymn based on that song in church, I get teary eyed!!

  7. Momma K and her Krew says:

    Love. Love. Mile 24 really got to me. Just absolutly fantastic post. Thanks.

  8. SupermomE12 says:

    This is an incredible post. THank you so much! I love love love love love it. #18 is my favorite and I will be keeping that with me on saturday! :)

  9. Marisa Olsen says:

    Awesome! Love it!!

  10. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this post!! I'm seriously saving it and printing it too emz!! AWESOME!!! :)

  11. Can I just say THANK YOU!! What amazing timing. I am running my 1st Boston on Monday. Going to print these and let my mind focus on God's promises for me when I start to get anxious.

    My favorite:
    The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
    Duet. 31:8

    Thank you again for sharing! What a blessing.


  12. Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:

    Love this! My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 and it keeps me going when the running gets tough. I also quote Saint Patrick's Breastplate (prayer) when I'm running in the dark. It calms me and keeps me focused.

    Thank you for sharing!

  13. these are completely awesome, I'm bookmarking this post. thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Brad @ runningfor365days says:

    WOW! What an awesome and inspiring post! I really appreciate you posting this! As a new runner meditating on gods promises will help me relax and endure. Its a valuable reminder to let god permiate every part of my life. :)

  15. Love this post! Absolutely thinking of you today and wishing you quick legs and a quick recovery. You are an inspiration to all us running mommies out there!

  16. Finding your blog is such a blessing!! I don't know how I got here, but I'm so thankful I did. My life verse just so happens to be the first one you posted — Matthew 28:20!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Wow! there are great! thank you so much!!

  18. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    This is a great post! I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Love Love Love this post!

  20. I am going to post this over my treadmill-where I spend MANY hours!

  21. Running for the Kitchen says:

    wow, i LOVE this post. you are awesome

  22. Running the Napa Valley Marathon in March and I am so going to memorize this. Just found your site and I absolutely love it.

  23. Jen Brannon says:

    Just LOVE this post! Thanks for the inspiration, Dorothy!

  24. I LOVE this!!!! What a great way to get through a marathon :) I'm definitely stealing this for my first full this spring!

  25. Mrs JP Chaos says:

    I love this.

  26. SouthMainMuse says:

    When I was preparing to do my first intermediate distance triathlon…i picked out a few scriptures. A few in the Old Testament and New. Had them memorized. But when it came down to race day, I was on that run turned back toward the finish line and all that kept running (ha, got the joke after I wrote it) through my mind was your number 5. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It was reflexive. Each step as I pushed myself to hit a certain time…I kept hear that one. Will have to write more of yours down.

  27. Wonderful, wonderful! I need to laminate these and take them with me during my next marathon. Love.

  28. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing and for your strong testimony. You are a real inspiration to me!

  29. pokey_athena says:

    I just love this poat and come back to it often…

    After long runs/hard races I also like 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I have rinished the race, I have kept the faith"

  30. Apparently in South Africa there is a race, called the Comrades. It is 56 miles. I belief one can only run with God on your side. In my limited running experience I have come closer to Jesus as any other time in my life. Blogs to watch:

    An ordinary women’s blog:


  31. Hi! I'm new to your blog, but I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experiences (both in life and in running)…. I particularly appreciate this one. Tomorrow I am taking my national board exams for medical school (which one might argue is not unlike a marathon– years of training followed by one of the most physically and mentally challenging days of your life). So I just wanted to thank you for posting this…. I plan on reading and re-reading these passages to find the strength and courage I need for tomorrow.
    Many thanks for your words!
    Happy running,

  32. I love the inspiration Dorthy! I’m planning this year to start the year listening to the Bible while running. I love drawing closer to God through running.

  33. i run regularly too but not yet for long distance runs which is still on my wishlist. there is a big run event happening in our country, the Philippines, this coming February 05. i wanted to post a bible verse for moral / spiritual support to all my running buddies, and gladly found your site and now i don’t know which verse to post because ALL of them are really really nice and inspiring.. God bless you and happy running!!

  34. Love Love Love It!!! Spreading the Spoken Words of Christ through the abilities of Running that He gave us as a Gift :) Please come join a site HE guided me to set up, a place that all us runners can Lift Him Up as we Lift Each Other Up in His Name and 4 His Glory! ♥♥♥

  35. @ Jeff:
    Oh my site is: See You Soon and Keep Running 4 †

  36. Jordan Ricke says:

    great verses!…I Plan on using them for my XC team next season!

  37. Love this! I’m printing it now, getting ready to hop on the plane to Napa Valley Marathon.

  38. motivation says:

    Hey just want to say this is great website. Wish you good luck in future. Defently coming back here!

  39. Jeremy says:

    Fantastic post!

  40. Anonymous says:


  41. Amazing list!!! Thank you so much :)

    Deuteronomy 30:11 (NIV), “Now what I am commanding you this day is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.”

  42. This is great…..the last one is my favorite song in church. Thanks!!!

  43. From a wheelchair to run a marathon in every state! As of today ( 5/19/2012) logged over 24,000 miless in the past 10 1/2 years! ~ Read about it in my newest book: HEADING TOWARD THE FINAL FINISH LINE (Amazon has book reviews and the best price!) ~ALL profits go to help a school for orphans( was there last Oct.) in Kenya!

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  45. Just found this encouraging site! Take a look at our site to get your half and full marathon sticker, of course, you must complete one first! :)

  46. I stumbled upon your blog this morning… what a beautiful space. May God bless you as you Run!!

  47. Thank you Dorothy. I’m using this to get me through my second marathon today in Philly.

  48. I love these verses!!

  49. So inspired by these verses! Can’t wait to share on facebook!
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  50. Thanks for the scripture. I’m running the Dallas Marathon for the 2nd time and will shift my focus from simply finishing to having a better time and enjoying it. I’ve already printed your list out and will carry them on Sunday. To God be the glory, great things he has done!

  51. Thank you. Nice boost this morning. You had the scriptures I’ve been thinking about for awhile.

  52. I am blanking on a favorite right now but just wanted to share how much I love this. I just used it to find a great verse to send to a friend’s Nike Run audio as she does the Zooma Half in Amelia Island. Thanks!!!
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  55. I LOVE this! I have run a marathon where I had a prayer for each mile- this is absolutely great! I’ll be printing it and saving it!

  56. My favorite….Habakuk 3:19 “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer…”
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  57. Just printed these out to put by the treadmill! Needed some new inspiration!
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  58. This is so inspiring – not just for running but for pressing on with the faith and in life! Thank you :)
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  59. hi i’m bob i use these verses while im preparing for CC meets. :)

  60. “The lions may grow weak & hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10
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  62. I was looking for inspirational bible verses to post along the Chehalem Challenge run in September and I came across your site. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences. Thank you for your post and your obedience ;-) . God bless you as you continue to encourage others.

  63. Jennie Byrd says:

    Thank you! These are great. I am about to begin leading a Christian Ladies couch to 5k group through the Sole2Soul Sisters. I was online looking for a running focused scripture and found your post. Thank you for compiling these. I will use for my group and also myself. I am going to begin training for my 3rd half marathon and need all the inspiration and scripture I can get my hands on. Blessings.

  64. I absolutely love this post! It was awesome and has really inspired me multiple times! Glory to God in the highest!

  65. First half today and meditating on these before heading out!

  66. Sally Oclinaria says:

    Praying before heading out for my safe travel and saw these verses. So inspiring and posted Mile 1 to 13 on my FB wall for my half marathon guide tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing. I love it. God Bless Us Always!

  67. Worderfullllllll. Love this god blessssss you

  68. I will be using these awesome verses to help motivate my teammates during track and xc!

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