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55 Inspirational Running Quotes

Are you a runner? Check out these quotes to encourage you to keep running.
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55 Inspirational Running Quotes

For many people, running is part of their life. Running helps you reduce stress and it clears up your mind, so if you go for a run when you are going through a tough time, it won’t solve your problems, but it will allow you to switch off for a while.


Only those who have truly experienced the benefits of running will understand why people do it. In this article, you’ll find inspirational running quotes that will encourage professional runners or just anyone who enjoys doing some exercise to keep going.

1"The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar."


2"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."

Juma Ikangaa

3"I think I get addicted to the feelings associated with the end of a long run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, and sweat-purged. I love that good ache of the muscles that have done me proud."

Kristin Armstrong

4"I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that."

Dean Karnazes

5"Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running."

Julie Isphording

6"Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable."

Kara Goucher

7"The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. "

Haruki Murakami

8"I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days."

Ronald Rook

9"Don’t dream of winning, train for it!"

Mo Farah

10"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

John Bingham

11"A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything."


12"I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together."

Haruki Murakami

13"As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are."

Joan Benoit Samuelson

14"I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go. "

Dean Karnazes

15"After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you."

V.E. Schwab

16"Someone who is busier than you is running right now."


17"If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them."

Christopher McDougall

18"Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

Samuel Beckett

19"Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion."

Gail W. Kislevitz

20"People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line, we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner."

Dean Karnazes

21"Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms."

Joyce Carol Oates

22"I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”"

Muhammad Ali

23"The pain of running relieves the pain of living."

Jacqueline Simon Gunn

24"Running is a quick trigger for a good mood. The great thing about endorphins, you don’t have to be in great shape to get them."

Mindy Kaling

25"Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived."

Dean Karnazes

26"Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days…I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it."

Rob Haneisen

27"Running is real and relatively simple… but it ain’t easy."

Mark Will-Weber

28"Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."

Rich Davis

29"There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul. "

Kristin Armstrong

30"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."

Dean Karnazes

31"There is nothing so momentary as a sporting achievement, and nothing so lasting as the memory of it."

Greg Dening

32"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running."

Christopher McDougall

33"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

34"For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself."

Haruki Murakami

35"Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy."

Dean Karnazes

36"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon."

Kathrine Switzer

37"Yes, I am round. Yes, I am slow. Yes, I run as though my legs are tied together at the knees. But I am running. And that is all that matters."

John Bingham

38"Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant that leaves you in a great mood."

Auliq Ice

39"Try jogging when following your heart, it’s healthier."

Benny Bellamacina

40"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records."

William Arthur Ward

41"Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed."

Charles M. Schulz

42"The finest of athletes have, along with skill, a few more essential qualities: to conduct their life with dignity, with integrity, with courage and modesty. All these, are totally compatible with pride, ambition, determination and competitiveness."

Donald Bradman

43"We wouldn’t be alive without love; we wouldn’t have survived without running. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other."

Christopher McDougall

44"The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky."

Haruki Murakami

45"Get going… walk if you have to, but finish the damned race."

Ron Hill

46"Good things come slow, especially in distance running."

Bill Dellinger

47"Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!"


48"I'm not telling you it’s going to be easy… I'm telling you it’s going to be worth it."

Art Williams

49"The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life."

George Sheehan

50"We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time."

Christopher McDougall

51"If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you."

Fred Devito

52"Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you are done."


53"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement."

Matt Biondi

54"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

55"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic."

Tim Noakes