12 Inspirational Running Quotes
I am a big quote person. I find motivation in little phrases, sayings, or quips heard in passing. I have entire boards on Pinterest dedicated to inspirational words. I have tons of them, scribbled in notebooks, scrawled on random scraps of paper, framed on my wall, tacked to various cork boards, slapped on my fridge, saved in e-mails I’ve received and e-mails I’ve drafted, in evernote, in various folders on my computer and phone.
I’m obsessed, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I turn to these bits of inspiration when I’m feeling down, when I don’t want to run, when I’ve eaten too many chips, when I’ve seen way too much abuse and neglect for the day, when the world is getting the best of me.
A lot of them have to do with running, mostly because running, sweating, working out, is my release. I am not a perfect runner. I take time off, I run slowly, I walk and I can’t stand the thought of another step sometimes. It’s exactly then that I turn to these sayings, mantras, quotes. I just wanted to share some of my favorite running related ones today.
11. Do not let perfect be the enemy of good.
10. Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be. If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting. -Desiree Davila
9. That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is. -Kara Goucher
8. As in life, you must be able to adapt your mind when your run is not going as planned… It’s at moments like these that you need to dig deep, stay focused and remind yourself to concentrate on the small goals, not letting the enormity of the miles still ahead consume your mind with negative thoughts. Just focus on what your can control right now, the simple task of putting one foot in front of the other.-Dean Karnazes
7. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. -Buddha
6. It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, it is impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle. -Richard M DeVos
5. Instead of seeking comfort, runners approach the very edge of chaos. As the ravages of potentially debilitating pain take hold, the runner fights to overcome and command the very force that threatens to bring him to his knees. “the obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life” the great runner-philosopher George Sheehan once wrote. The emotional swings that running created can induce great bursts of creativity and insight. I believe these dramatic changes build strength of character. Just as a problem-free life never makes a strong and good person, smooth roads never make a good runner. As the runner fights the urge to stop, she masters her very mind. In overcoming adversity, she better understands the inner workings of her psyche. Life becomes bigger, bolder, filled with greater potential. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity for growth,” Einstein wrote. -Dean Karnazes
4. The only one who can tell you ‘You can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen. – Nike
3. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
2. 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