15 running quotes for motivation

A little running inspiration

There are times as a runner when your motivation can be well and truly tested; dark nights, long days at work, tiredness, muscle soreness, cold and wet weather, the list goes on! When you find your motivation and desire to lace up your trainers dwindling, it can be useful to draw on a little inspiration. Here are 15 favourite running related quotes that may just help to reignite your motivation.



1. Ask yourself: can I give a little more? The answer is usually ‘’yes’’.  (Paul Tergat)

2. If you want to win something, run 100 metres. If you want to experience something, run a marathon. (Emil Zatopek)

3. To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. (Steve Prefontaine)

4. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up. (Thomas Edison)

5. The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. (John Wooden)

6. 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)

7. A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there. (Unknown)

8. It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. (George Sheehan)

9. Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)

10. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. (Aristotle)

11. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. (Les Brown)

12. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. (Vince Lombardi)

13. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. (Suzy Kassem)

14. Measure success in life by effort and doing your best, then it is always in your hands to succeed and to be proud of yourself. (Steve Peters)

15. There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. (Unknown) 

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