Running Quotes for the Runner

Here are some wonderful running quotes + a couple motivational posters (I do earn a small commission, so if you are do purchase through my affiliate link, thank you so much for your support!) for anyone who calls themselves a runner.

Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts. ~ Steve prefontaine

Only think of two things – the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other. ~ Sam Mussabini

If you want to live, you must walk. If you want to live long, you must run ~ Jinabhai Navik

  • Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first. ~Anonymous
  • Real athletes run. Others just play games.
  • To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

Run like hell and get the agony over with. ~ Clarence DeMar

It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it. ~ Brooks Johnson

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers

  • I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards. ~ Alberto Salazar
  • Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy. ~ Mark Will-Weber
  • Some people don’t have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.
  • 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. ~ Steve Prefontaine
  • The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare. ~ Juma Ikangaa
  • Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • 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
  • Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’ ~ Peter Maher
  • 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
  • Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right. ~ Henry Ford
  • 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
  • Every day is a good day when you run. ~ Kevin Nelson
  • Runing long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run. ~ Monte Davis
  • Watching the world’s best compete fires you up to achieve your own feats of greatness. When it comes to running participation and spectating go hand in hand. ~ Kara Goucher
  • 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
  • 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 Schulz

Hopefully these running quotes have nourished you for your next run! Have an amazing time out there!

Return to My Favorite Running Quotes

Marathon Running Quotes


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.