Top 35 Motivational Quotes for Running (And Why They Work)

35 Inspirational Running Quotes for Extra Motivation

Some people love running with passion and they go into every run with excitement and determination. Then there are those who need to muster every ounce of motivation they have to get out for a run. Whether you’re someone who loves every step of every mile, someone who curses the running gods until you cross the finish line, or someone who falls through the cracks, there are running quotes for every situation.

And these kinds of quotes can motivate us for three main reasons: we love to be coached, we’re drawn to well-written words, and it’s embedded in our basic biology. But more important than why they work is what they do. So whatever race you’re ready to tackle, let these running quotes be your inspiration.

1. “When we run, we become.” –Ambi Burfoot

amby burfoot |  Running quote

2. “What seems hard now will one day warm you up.” – unknown

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3. “I breathe in strength and exhale weakness.” –Amy Hastings CragQuoted his mantra during the marathon.

Amy Hastings Crag |  Running quote

4. “Every run is a work of art, every day a drawing on the canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some praise runs and others celebrate.” – Dagny Scott Barrios
Degny Scott Barrios  Running quote

5. “Pain is inevitable. Pain is optional.” – Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami  Running quote

6. “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a little further, it transcends the mind. A little further, and what lies before you, is the soul.” — Christine Armstrong
Christine Armstrong  Running quote

7. “There will come a day when I can’t run anymore. Today is not that day.” -Unknown
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8. “There’s magic in our running shoes. The power to turn a bad day into a good day; Disappointment at speed; Doubt in confidence; Chocolate cake in muscle.” -Mina Samuels
Mina Samuels  Running quote

9. “Anyone busier than you is running now.” -Nike
Nike |  Running quote

10. “Running is the alone time that allows my brain to untangle the tangles that build up from day to day. I run, cover the pavement, put that energy into my legs, and when I’m done running, I’m done.” –Rob Hansen
Rob Hansen  Running quote

11. “A short run is better than no run.” – unknown
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12. “The more I run, the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it’s proving to me that I’m capable of more than I ever thought possible.” -Unknown
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13. “I don’t feel like running today. That’s exactly why I went.” -Unknown
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14. “We run to undo the damage we have done to body and soul. We rush to find parts of ourselves that are still undiscovered.” – John Bingham
John Bingham  Running quote

15. “Never limit where running can take you. I mean that geographically, spiritually and of course, physically.” -Burt Yasso
Bert Yasso |  Running quote

16. “Run. Because the zombies will eat the untrained first!” —Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide  Running quote

17. “The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not fit for it, it’s too far to walk back.” – Franklin P. Jones
Franklin P.  Jones  Running quote

18. “The miracle isn’t that I’m done. The miracle is that I had the courage to begin.” – John Bingham

John Bingham  Running quote

19. “I run because it always gets me where I want to go.” -Dean Karnages

Dean Carnages  Running quote

20. “Long-distance running has many challenges, but the biggest question is where to put the house keys.” – Gabriel Zevin
Gabriel Zevin  Running quote

21. “Run often. Run long. But never outrun the joy of running.” – Julie Isfording

Julie Isfording  Running quote

22. “If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at mile 26, you’re abnormal.” -Rob DiCasella
Rob de Castella |  Running quote

23. “Anyone can beat me, but they have to bleed to do it.” —Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine |  Running quote

24. “A 12-minute mile equals a 6-minute mile.” – unknown
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25. “Run when you can, walk when you must, crawl when you must; Just don’t give up.” –Dean Carnages
Dean Carnages  Running quote

26. “Go as far as you can, and then take another step.” – unknown
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27. “I often hear people say that I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some run faster than others. I’ve never met a fake runner.” -Burt Yasso
Bert Yasso |  Running quote

28. “Go… walk if you must, but finish the damn race.” -Ron Hill
Ron Hill  Running quote

29. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
Karen lamb  Running quote

30. “When your legs get tired, run with your heart.” – unknown
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31. “The voice in your head that says you can’t do it is a liar.” – unknown
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32. “Whether it’s a mile or a marathon, you get there the same way. . . One step at a time. That’s life.” -Baylor Barbee
Baylor Barbee |  Running quote

33. “A runner is real when he takes his first step.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Clarissa Pinkola Estes  Running quote

34. “No matter how slow you go you’re still lapsing everyone on the couch.” – unknown
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35. “Shut up. We got it.” – unknown
Close your legs  Running quote

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