Ah, Valentine’s Day. From the die-hard romantics to the cynical naysayers, everyone has an opinion about February 14th. But whether you’re coupled up or happily single, we all have a love for running so passionate that it should inspire the greatest writers to pen epic poetry. Buuuut since that’s probably not going to happen, let’s revisit some classic romantic quotes—with a runner’s twist.
1. Juliet was lucky she wasn’t around for the invention of GPS watches:
Satellites, oh satellites, where for art thou satellites?
2. Casablanca was really about the struggle that is the gym:
Of all the gym joints in all the towns in all the world, that drill-sergeant trainer walks into mine.
3. Because you gotta have the proper shoes to run Notting Hill:
I’m just a girl, standing in front of a shoe salesman, asking him to fit her.
4. A classic, updated:
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, unlike this gross Gu.
5. Etta James must have been a marathoner:
At laaaast, mile 26 has come along.
6. Emily Dickinson probably composed this one in line for a bathroom at a race:
The heart wants what it wants. And the bladder wants what it wants NOW.
7. A sonnet for the sneakerheads:
How do I love thee sneakers? Let me count the pairs.
8. Much less romantic than the original, but so much more accurate:
O, my blister’s like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung from my shoe.
9. That poem you memorized in high school has never been truer:
‘Tis better to have raced and lost than never to have raced at all.
10. Running Brokeback Mountain has to be easier than these:
Hill sprints, I wish I knew how to quit you.