10 of the best inspirational marathon quotes

Sayings and running quotes that inspire

If you’re thinking of taking on the 26.2-mile challenge you’ll definitely love these motivational quotes because no matter how much we love running, sometimes we all need a little inspiration.

1. "The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon."

Fred Lebow, ING New York City Marathon co-founder

2. ‘If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.’

Emil Zatopek, long-distance runner

3. ‘When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.’

Haile Gebrselassie, long-distance runner

4. ‘Good things come slow - especially in distance running.’

Bill Dellinger, University of Oregon coach

5. ‘Marathoning is just another form of insanity.’

John J. Kelly, long-distance runner

6. ‘
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it.’

T. Alan Armstrong, author

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, long distance runner

8. ‘If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.’

Steve Prefontaine, long distance runner

9. ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’

Confucius, philosopher

10. ‘Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.’

Dr. George Sheehan, author

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