16 Running Quotes to Motivate You for Your Next Run

Sometimes the wise words of others are the best inspiration.

Sometimes it may be easy to find the motivation to get out the door at 5 a.m., set out for a long run in the summer heat, or to move on from a workout that didn’t go as planned. However there may be some days where the motivation just isn’t there. I’m with you. Some days I need a little external motivation—and often, it comes in the simple form of someone else’s words. Below are 16 running quotes that help me when I need that little extra bit of push to keep moving forward.

Winning the Mental Battle

“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”
— Unknown

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
— George S Patton

“The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.”
— Unknown

Getting out the door

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

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

“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

Race Day

“I am not afraid of storms. I am learning how to sail my ship.”
— Louisa May Alcott

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

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
— Wayne Gretzky

“Remember, everything you need is already inside of you.”
— Unknown

When Things Get Tough

“Clear your mind of can’t.”
— Samuel Johnson

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

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

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.”
— Hal Higdon

Getting Over Those Bad Runs/Races

“Some sessions are stars and some are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them.”
— Chrissie Wellington

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
— Samuel Beckett

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