Funny Running Quotes

A Little Humor Can Keep You On Track

Christine Luff

If you're a runner, there are bound to be times when putting one foot in front of the other over and over again feels more like a slog than a sport. It can be enough to stop even the most committed runner in his or her tracks.

One antidote to this degree of ennui? Humor, which can be the perfect antidote to joyless jogging. You may have heard that "laughter is the best medicine?" As it turns out, that's no joke: Studies have uncovered a bounty of benefits from harvesting the humor in any situation, including the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain called endorphins.

So whether you're still in the early stage of working up to running your first mile or you're deep into training for your fifth marathon, lightening your mental mood with some running jokes (no pun intended) may be the key to shoring up your physical determination and helping to make running more bearable—and even fun. Here are some lighthearted quotes about running that may enhance your enthusiasm.

Erma Bombeck

"The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again."

Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming. "

Gene Thibeault

"If you start to feel good during an ultra, don't worry, you will get over it."

Johnny Gray

"I'm going to go out a winner if I have to find a high school race to win my last race."

Rita Rudner

"I don't think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups."

As seen on a marathon spectator sign

"If it was easy, I would do it."

Robin Williams

"I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster."


"Before you criticize someone, you should run a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

Mark Remy

"If you never have a 'bad' day, you're probably doing something wrong; if you never have a 'good' day, you're definitely doing something wrong."

Franklin Jones

"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."

Bill Kirby

"I run so my goals in life will continue to get bigger instead of my belly."

Author unknown

"Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!"

Baron Hansen

"Life is short... running makes it seem longer."

John Bingham, on running marathons

"I didn't train all that time just to come here and get it over with as fast as I can."

As seen on a runner's T-shirt

"My mascara runs faster than you do."

Wendy Liebman

"I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty."

Will Rogers

"We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."

Neil Armstrong

"I believe that every human being has a finite number of heartbeats, and I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."

Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, on why his country produces so many great runners

"It's the road signs, 'Beware of lions.'"

Frank Shorter, winner of the 1972 Olympic marathon

"You don't run twenty–six miles at five minutes a mile on good looks and a secret recipe."

Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

"If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour, you ain't getting them."

Tom Lehrer

"Bad weather always looks worse through a window."

Gabrielle Zevin

"There are many challenges to long distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one’s house keys."

Jimmy Fallon

"How do you know if someone ran a marathon? Don't worry, they'll tell you."

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