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25 Best Motivational Running Quotes of All Time

By on Apr 7, 2014
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Ever found yourself in need of a few words of motivation to help you through your latest running injury or the challenges of your training programme? If so, you’re not alone. Read on for the most effective motivational quotes for runners.

25 Great Motivational Running Quotes – And A Bonus Runner’s Motivation Pack

For some time, the very best athletes in the world have been making use of motivational words of wisdom to ensure that they perform at the limits of their potential.

As we discuss at the end of this post, there’s more than anecdotal evidence to justify top athlete’s reliance on the power of words. Research also supports the idea that motivational techniques can be highly effective.

That’s why we put together this collection of the most inspiring running quotes. If you think this article might interest other runners, then please share.

You may also be interested in the greatest ever videos for running motivation.

Now on to pain, stupidity, God, strength, courage, wisdom, drugs and a whole lot more in the 25 best motivational running quotes of all time…

Being The Best You Can Be

Dr George Sheehan (read more)

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.

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Image by Mark Sebastian

Priscilla Welch (read more)

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.

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Image by Wikipedia

Steve Prefontaine (read more)

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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Image by Wonderlane

Doug Larson

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.

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Image by Michiel


There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.

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Image by Phil Roeder


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