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50 Running Quotes to Motivate You to Stay Active

Our latest collection of running quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Thinking about becoming a runner but wondering why you should start? There are many reasons why you should fall in love with running.

Running is one of the best ways to boost both your physical and mental health. It helps just about all aspects of your health, provides an outlet for stress relief and improves your mood and overall happiness.

Besides being good for your health, running is also a great physical activity that provides a bridge to make some new friends and build strong relationships.

Running is also a great way to set a goal and then crush it. If you need some purpose in your life, now’s the time to lace up and work towards your goal.

What’s more, running is free. You can run anywhere, and it’s one of those exercises that don’t need any special equipment or a gym to get started.

So what are you waiting for? Here are some inspirational running quotes to get you moving.


Running quotes to motivate you to stay active


1.) “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham


2.) “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”— Eleanor Roosevelt


3.) “Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” — Mo Farah


4.) “Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher


5.) “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” – Ronald Rook

running quotes on why you run


6.) “I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.” – Haruki Murakami


7.) “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


8.) “The pain of running relieves the pain of living.” – Jacqueline Simon Gunn


9.) “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


10.) “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


Running quotes to keep you inspired


11.) “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”— Oprah Winfrey


12.) “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred DeVito


13.) “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” – Christopher McDougall


14.) “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius


15.) “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” – Kara Goucher


16.) “After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.” ― V.E. Schwab


running quotes no one catch you


17.) “Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.” – Patrick Ness


18.) “Ask yourself: “Can I give more?” The answer is usually: “Yes.” – Paul Tergat


19.) “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” ― Dean Karnazes


20.) “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.” – Nike


Running quotes to motivate you for your next run


21.) “Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”— T.S. Elliot


22.) “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


23.) “Running is real and relatively simple… but it ain’t easy.” – Mark Will-Weber


24.) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle


25.) “Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” – Gail W. Kislevitz


26.) “Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Rich Davis


27.) “Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.” – Kathleen Harris

running quotes on fear


28.) “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


29.) “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


30.) “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


Running quotes to help you get you moving


31.) “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”— Jesse Owens


32.) “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes


33.) “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” —Julie Isphording


34.) “There’s not one body type that equates to success. Accept the body you have and be the best you can be with it.” – Mary Cullen


35.) “Get going … walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.” – Ron Hill

running quotes on finishing the race


36.) “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams


37.) “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


38.) “The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. nature.” ― Lynn Jennings


39.) “Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger


40.) “It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” – Emil Zatopek


Other motivational running quotes


41.) “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”— Juma Ikangaa


42.) “A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” —Unknown


43.) “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Kathrine Switzer


44.) “You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff.” ― Lemony Snicket


45.) “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.” – Christopher McDougall


46.) “Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!” – Anonymous


47.) “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” – Clarence DeMar


running quotes on getting the agony over with


48.) “The marathon can humble you.” – Bill Rodgers


49.) “Some people train knowing they’re not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.” – Alberto Salazar


50.) “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” – George Sheehan


Which of these running quotes was your favorite?

Running is one of the most beneficial physical activities you could undertake. Besides making us healthier, running is a great social activity that can help you build a stronger and more meaningful network of friends.

If you’re not a natural born runner, there’s no need to worry at all. You don’t have to start out running like a marathoner. Just a few minutes of daily running will significantly boost your happiness and make you live longer.

Did you enjoy these running quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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