Good Quotes for Running Mantras

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Many runners use motivational quotes or short phrases known as mantras to help get them through discomfort, pain, or even boredom while running. Some runners will even have several mantras (written on their arm or a bracelet) to use at different points during a long race or run. Mantras can help you stay focused, eliminate negative thoughts, and distract yourself from any minor pain or fatigue you might be feeling.

It's not necessary to say your mantra out loud, but some runners find it empowering to do so. Just keep in mind that you may get some odd looks if you're on the treadmill at the gym.

If you don't have your own running mantra, or you're looking for some new ones, try one of these the next time you hit a rough patch during one of your runs.

St. Jerome

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Unknown

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.

Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Sam Levenson

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

Samuel Beckett

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Unknown

Run the mile you're in

Simone Weil

I can, therefore I am.

Lauren Bacall

I am not a has-been. I am a will be.

Unknown

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Amelia Earhart

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Emile Zola

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.

Lucille Ball

The more things you do, the more you can do.

Norman Vincent Peale 

It's always too early to quit.

Tom Hanks

It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Buddha

What we think, we become.

Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

Jim Rohn

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

Unknown

The body achieves what the mind believes.

Andrew Stanton

Just keep swimming...

Unknown

All miles are good miles.

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