105 Running Quotes to Motivate You to Stay Active

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Are you tired of running? Does it seem endless to you? You wonder if it is worth it? We have brought you this amazing collection of Running Quotes by famous runners, sportsmen, and philosophers that will keep you motivated while you are running.

We all are running. Some people are running on the grounds while everyone is running in life. And we need motivation for both acts. We need the motivation to continue when we are tired. We need the motivation to stand up again when we fall down. We need motivation when the treadmill seems endless to us. We need the motivation to keep running even when we can’t find our destination. We need the motivation to find direction when we are lost.

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Here’s the list of Running Quotes that will inspire you to run till the end. Also, share these quotes with your runner friends to motivate them.

Don’t forget to also read out the handpicked collection of Fire Quotes to ignite your soul

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Running Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. “Doesn’t matter how fast you cross the finish line if you’re running the wrong race.”- Richie Norton

9. “Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line.”-Todd Williams

10. “The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. nature.” – Lynn Jennings

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

12. “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”- Juma Ikangaa

13. “A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” -Unknown

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14. “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

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

16. “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” – Dean Karnazes

17. “After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.” – V.E. Schwab

18. “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

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

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

21. “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

22. “Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” – Desiree Linden

23. “Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.” – Kevin Nelson

24. “Runners are made when no one else is watching.” – Unknown

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Running Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

30. “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.” – Bill Bowerman

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

32. “You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” -Steve Prefontaine

33. “Two joggers passed, shoes cheerfully slapping against the pavement.”- Sara Shepard

34. “Run! Life’s too short to walk. Unless you don’t know where you’re running to, then move very slowly.”- Neil A. Hogan

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35. “I started running to escape the memories that drinking couldn’t cover up”- Dean Karnazes

36. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days” – Bob Hneisen

37. “I’ve learned that it’s what you do with the miles, rather than how many you’ve run” – Rod DeHaven

38. “Running is in my blood-the adrenaline flows before the races, the love/hate of butterflies in your stomach.”-Marcus O’Sullivan

39. “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine

40. “No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.”-George Sheehan

Running Quotes For Motivation

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

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

43. “Running has been my main form of exercise. I’ve been running five or six days a week. I love it.” -Natalie Coughlin

44. “It started to become what I looked forward to most; it was the only time I got to be in my own head.” – Rob Riggle

Running Quotes For Motivation
Running Quotes For Motivation

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

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

47. “In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” – Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

48. “Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” – Kara Goucher

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

50. “Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me.” – Dick Beardsley

51. “Running is the basis of all the training that I do…it’s like an escape.” – Ellie Goulding

52. “Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” – Desiree Linden

53. “I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to self-satisfaction.” – Steve Prefontaine

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

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

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

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

58. “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.” – Priscialla Welch

59. “There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighbors you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.” – NIKE

60. “He taught me to run high on my toes. I will always remember his words: run proud & remember you are alive.”- Brian Andreas

61. “It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.” – Hal Higdon

62. “Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.” – Jimmy Buffett

Running Quotes For Motivation

63. “My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.” – John Bryant

64. “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” – Gatorade

65. “Runners don’t quit. We fade; we “hit the wall”; we’re sometimes reduced to a walk. But we keep on.”- Amby Burfoot

If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of Spiritual Quotes that will brighten your life.

Short Inspirational Running Quotes

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

67. “One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.” – Unknown

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

Short Inspirational Running Quotes
Short Inspirational Running Quotes

69. “To me, sweat is workout bliss.” – Brooke Burke-Charvet

70. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

71. “Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” – Mo Farah

72. “You can alter mood by running.”- Tumpal Sihombing

73. “Running strengthens self-motivation.”- Tumpal Sihombing

74. “The marathon can humble you.” – Bill Rodgers

75. “Now I really enjoy running,” – Bear Grylls

76. “Running is therapy anyone can afford.”- Toni Sorenson

Short Inspirational Running Quotes
Short Inspirational Running Quotes

77. “Your body is made to move so move it.”- Toni Sorenson

78. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami

79. “I always run without music. – Christy Turlington

80. “Running is an effort to escape from comfort zone.”- Tumpal Sihombing

81. “A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” – Emil Zatopek

82. “If you start dreaming you are not running fast enough.”- Jacob Vermeire

Short Inspirational Running Quotes

83. “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” -Julie Isphording

84. “When you run, the road belongs to you.”- Toni Sorenson

85.  “Running is flying intermittently.”- Alain Bremond-Torrent

If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Consistency Quotes to keep you going smoothly.

Funny Running Quotes

86. “Running a marathon is not a question of whether it will be painful, but when it will be painful. It does help to have a sense of humor, but I’m also respectful of the race.”  Will Ferrell

87. “Good things come slow – especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger

88. “I like trails more than roads. I’ve jumped over my share of rattlesnakes. I’ve seen mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, hawks.”  Reggie Miller

89. “How do you know if someone ran a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” – Jimmy Fallon

90. “It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends, all while you’re running! But we have mastered it.” – Reese Witherspoon

Funny Running Quotes

91. “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”  – Steve Prefontaine

92. “There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” – Dean Karnazes

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

94. “Step one to running a marathon: You run. There is no step two.” – Barney Stinson

95. “Whoever established the high road and how high it should be should be fired.” – Sandra Bullock

96. “The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.” – Franklin P. Jones

97. “My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.” – Milton Berle

Funny Running Quotes
Funny Running Quotes

98. “We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”  Will Rogers

99. “I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.” – Wendy Liebman

100. “Coming back to running after a few weeks off is really tough. It’s humbling. Nothing wrong with a large dose of humility.”  Davina McCall

101. “I love running cross country. On a track, I feel like a hamster.” – Robin Williams

102. “I go for a three-mile run every morning,” – Victoria Beckham

103. “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. Schultz

104. “Don’t be a jogger, they’re the one’s who find dead bodies.” – Amanda Brooks

105. “If you still look cute after working out, you didn’t go hard enough.” – Unknown

Final Word

It doesn’t matter how fast other runners are running, what matters is that you are running at your fastest speed. No matter how many obstacles come in your life, make sure to finish the race. Giving up is never honoured.

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