Good Quotes for Running Mantras

Stay motivated with some of these wise words

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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.

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

 — St. Jerome

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

 — American tennis player Arthur Ashe (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993)

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

 — Unknown

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

 — Confucius

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

 — American author Mark Twain aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Nov. 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

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

 —  American writer and humorist Sam Levenson  (Dec.

28, 1911 - Aug. 27, 1980)

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

 — Irish playwright Samuel Beckett (April 13, 1906- Dec. 22, 1989)

Run the mile you're in

 — Unknown

I can, therefore I am.

 — French philosopher Simone Weil (Feb. 3, 1909 -  Aug. 24, 1943)

I am not a has-been.

I am a will be.

 — American actress Lauren Bacall (Sept. 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014)

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

 — Unknown

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

 — American aviatrix Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937)

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

 — French playwright and journalist Emile Zola (April 2, 1840 – Sept. 29, 1902)

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

 — American actress and producer Lucille Ball (Aug. 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) 

It's always too early to quit.

 — American minister and writer Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – Dec. 24, 1993)

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

 — American actor Tom Hanks (from the 1992 film "A League of Their Own.") 

What we think, we become.

 —  Buddha

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

 —  American president Theodore Roosevelt (Oct. 27, 1858 – Jan. 6, 1919)

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

 —  American motivational speaker Jim Rohn (Sept. 17, 1930 – Dec. 5, 2009) 

The body achieves what the mind believes.

 — Unknown

Just keep swimming...

 — American actress Ellen DeGeneres (from the 2003 film "Finding Nemo.")

All miles are good miles.