45 Inspirational Running Quotes and Sayings

Ah, running. It’s one of the most popular forms of exercise around and has been embraced by millions of runners worldwide. No matter what your reason for lacing up your sneakers is – to stay active or to track progress towards a goal – running is an activity that can bring peace and inspiration. To get you motivated on those tough days when all you’d rather do is take a nap, we’ve put together 45 inspirational quotes about running that are sure to jumpstart your training!

These quotes come from coaches, motivational speakers, athletes, authors – people who have experienced the highs and lows of competitive racing in addition to those just getting off their couch for some fresh air and light jogs; so dig deep into these words to make the most out of each run! Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these running quotes…

"Being a runner, to me, has made being depressed impossible. If ever I'm going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured that I'll come back with clarity and empowerment." - Alanis Morissette
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1) “Being a runner, to me, has made being depressed impossible. If ever I’m going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured that I’ll come back with clarity and empowerment.” – Alanis Morissette

2) “After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.” – V.E. Schwab

3) “All runners are tough. Everyone has to have a little fire in them, that even in tough times, can’t be turned off.” – Shalane Flanagan

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

5) “I always run without music. Being disconnected is what I’m addicted to more than anything. There aren’t many places where you can be without your phone and computer. I’ve started to crave and enjoy that time alone.” – Christy Turlington

6) “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’ The answer is usually: ‘Yes.'” – Paul Tergat

Running Quotes by Haruki Murakami

"I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together." - Haruki Murakami
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7) “I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.” – Haruki Murakami

8) “People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that.” – Haruki Murakami

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

10) “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred DeVito

11) “Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” – Mo Farah

12) “Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me.” – Dick Beardsley

13) “Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.” – Kathleen Harris

14) “Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.” – Rudyard Kipling

Running Quotes by Joan Benoit Samuelson

"Every time I fail, I assume I will be a stronger person for it. I keep on running figuratively and literally, despite a limp that gets more noticeable with each passing season, because for me there has always been a place to go and a terrible urgency to get there." - Joan Benoit Samuelson
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15) “Every time I fail, I assume I will be a stronger person for it. I keep on running figuratively and literally, despite a limp that gets more noticeable with each passing season, because for me there has always been a place to go and a terrible urgency to get there.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson

16) “Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson

17) “Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson

18) “Get going…walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.” – Ron Hill

19) “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” – Ronald Rook

Go hard or go home!

"If you still look cute after running, you didn’t go hard enough." - Unknown
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20) “If you still look cute after running, you didn’t go hard enough.” – Unknown

21) “In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” – Fred Lebow

22) “It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you’re going. If you’re putting on your shoes and going out for a run, you are a runner, you are in that club.” – Kara Goucher

23) “Just stick with it. What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up” – Unknown

24) “Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.” – Patrick Ness

25) “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” – Clarence DeMar

26) “Long-distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Rich Davis

27) “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

28) “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.” – Charles Dickens

29) “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine

Running motivation quotes for the life ahead…

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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30) “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

32) “Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” – Gail W. Kislevitz

33) “One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.” – Unknown

34) “The pain of running relieves the pain of living.” – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

35) “Running is the quickest endorphin hit I can get. I like to do it really early in the morning before everyone gets up. It gives me a clear head and sort of resets the clock. It’s like, ‘OK, I got that out of the way. Now I can deal with people.'” – Julie Bowen

36) “I really love going places without a map. When I went running in Paris, I headed for a monument or a statue that I could see off in the distance. To get back where I started, I simply used the GPS on my phone.” – Brooklyn Decker

37) “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

38) “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” – Ronald Rook

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

Make running a part of your life.

"The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability: consistency, a sane approach, moderation, and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life." - Bill Rodgers
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40) “The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability: consistency, a sane approach, moderation, and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life.” – Bill Rodgers

41) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

42) “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.” – Florence Griffin

43) “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Juma Inkangaa

44) “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” – Wilma Rudolph

45) “You can alter mood by running.” – Tumpal Sihombing

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