The Best Quotes About Running Hills

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Hill Running. Photo by David Madison

Do you need some motivation to run hills? The ups and downs can give you a good aerobic challenge and boost the intensity of your running workout. They can also look daunting on a race profile and you may wonder if you'll be able to get over the hills without slowing to a crawl. Get inspired with these quotes about running hills. They come from running coaches and champions, shoe companies, and the ever-valuable wisdom printed on t-shirts.

Marty Stern, track and cross-country coach
"If the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill."

Eamonn Coughlin, 3-time Irish Olympian
"Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to different stresses. The result? You become a stronger runner."

Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist
"Hills are speedwork in disguise." -

Unknown, spectator sign seen at marathon
"A hill is like a time you get over it."

Joe Catalano, running coach
"Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get."

Henry Ward Beecher, American writer
"It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."

Hal Higdon, running writer and coach
"Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. They make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills."

Unknown, seen on a runner's t-shirt
"It's a hill. Get over it."

"If you never attempt the ascent, you'll never know the thrill of swooshing down the other side."

John Treacy, Irish Olympic medalist
"I've always found it effective to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little and you're gone before your opponent gets over the top."

Kara Goucher, U.S Olympic marathoner
"Hill sprints are good for everyone!"

Sir Edmund Hillary, first climber to reach Mt. Everest summit
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

Adam Born
"You can never run a hill too hard; you will collapse before hurting it."

Greg LeMond, 3-time Tour de France winner
"Hills never get easier, you get stronger."

"Don't think of them as hills; think of them as 'mounds of opportunity.'"

Florence Griffith Joyner, three-time Olympic gold medalist in track
"When you first get a hill in sight, look at the top of it only once. Then imagine yourself at the bottom of the other side."

"You don't get better at running hills by walking them."

William Shakespeare
"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."

"How you handle the uphill battle determines everything."

"The hills won't know what hit them."

"When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top."

Turkish proverb
"There is a downhill for every uphill, and a downhill for every uphill."

"Love hills and they will love you back."