• Mile 1: I like running because it’s a challenge. If you run hard, there’s the pain – and you’ve got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is? Don’t overdo it’ and? Don’t push yourself.’ Well, I think that’s a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond. ~ Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Fame.


  • Mile 2: 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, 2:51 PR and 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier


  • Mile 3: It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  • Mile 4: Me thinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow. ~ Henry David Thoreau


  • Mile 5: We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. ~ Alberto Salazar


  • Mile 6: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. ~ Bill Bowerman


  • Mile 7: 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


  • Mile 8: 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


  • Mile 9: Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. ~ Oprah Winfrey


  • Mile 10: 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 jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable. ~ Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


  • Mile 11: You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted. ~ Joe Henderson


  • Mile 12: 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


  • Mile 13: To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. ~ Pre


  • Mile 14: 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. ~ George Patton


  • Mile 15: 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 morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired…You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going. ~ George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian


  • Mile 16: To run is to live, everything else is just waiting. ~Mark Hanson


  • Mile 17: When you have the running spirit, you look forward to live. I firmly believe that I wouldn’t have lived as long or as happily as I have without running. ~ Max Popper in The Essential Runner


  • Mile 18: Hurry slowly. Be dedicated and disciplined and work hard, but take your time. Move ahead, but be patient. ~ Grete Waitz


  • Mile 19: But if the dance of the run isn’t fun, then discover an other dance, because without fun the good of the run is undone, and a suffering runner always quits sooner or late. ~ Fred Rohe


  • Mile 20: You are tomorrow what you believe today. ~ Gary Elliott


  • Mile 21: 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, U.S. Olympian


  • Mile 22: Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’. ~Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner


  • Mile 23: 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


  • Mile 24: 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


  • Mile 25: 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


  • Mile 26: Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week.  It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too. ~ Richard O’Brien


  • Mile 26.2: Find Your Strong ~ Saucony


  • What is your favorite running quote?



  1. As a slow runner, my favorite running quote is the John Bingham quote about being a runner no matter how fast you are or how far you run. And the one about lapping everyone on the coach. That one always makes me smile.

  2. Love #6! Running in harsh weather conditions makes me feel bad a$$ and boosts my confidence.

  3. I just heard this one this morning when I was watching The Spirit of the Marathon. “People run the marathon to prove that there is still triumph and possibility in their life.”

  4. I’m going to print these out! Thanks for compiling them! I love, love, love the Pre one and the Sister Marion Irvine one because running is such a sacred space for me and so tied to my relationship with God. Inspired!

  5. That is so good. I love that!
    @ Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom:

  6. “Find a way to enjoy parts of every run. Most of your runs should be…mostly enjoyable.” Jeff Galloway

  7. My favorite quote, which is a verse is 1Cor.9:24-know ye not that they which run in a race run all, nut one recieveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. I remember this when I run. I want to tun got Jesus..he us the prize. You can’t lose with him. :)

  8. Thanks for the quotes. Loved them all.
    One of my favorites is from Dori in Nemo.
    “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….”
    Of course I modify it for whatever activity I’m doing, running, swimming or biking(pedaling).

  9. These were great!
    I love good quotes. The one I have as my screen is “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” This applies to so many aspects of life besides running!

  10. I am seriously considering printing this out to bring with me while I run my first marathon next Sunday… I may need some inspiration!!

  11. Ms.Amber says:

    Thanks for this great quotes! :) Thanks for sharing this with us.. I really feel like running.. Thanks for this inspiring quotes!

  12. Love these! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


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