Quotes About Running in Bad Weather

Running in the rain
Photo by John Kelly

It can be tough to get motivated to run outside when it's raining or cold outside. Use these quotes to keep you inspired to run, no matter the weather.

  • "There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."
    -Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike
  • "A guy who has run twenty Boston Marathons was once asked, 'Don't you feel like skipping a day when it's raining?' The old road warrior replied, 'If you start skipping runs because the weather's too lousy, pretty soon you start missing runs because the weather's too nice!'"
    -John Hanc, excerpted from 1,001 Pearls of Runners' Wisdom
  • "When it's pouring rain and you're bowling along through the wet, there's satisfaction in knowing you're out there and the others aren't."
    -Peter Snell, three-time Olympic gold-medalist in track
  • If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done."
  • "Whether the weather is fine, or whether the weather is not; whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot; we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not!"
  • "I ran my fastest marathon in the rain."
    -Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC marathons
  • "If you haven't been exercising, your body will undoubtedly protest this change in its comfortable downhill direction. You won't like it at first. You may even hate it. But be proactive. Do it anyway. Even if it's raining on the morning you're scheduled to jog, do it anyway. 'Oh good! It's raining! I get to develop my willpower as well as my body!"
    -Stephen Covey, motivational author
  • "Is it raining?  That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem."
    -Emil Zatopek, Olympic distance runner
  • "This is about doing something difficult and not stopping when it becomes not just difficult, but cold and difficult...or cold and wet and difficult…or cold and wet and dark and difficult."
    -Suzy Hamilton (member of the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams)
  • "When you're cold and wet when you're running, just remember, not everyone is able to run."
  • "There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."
    -Emil Zatopek, Olympic distance runner
  • "Runners don't get rained out, they get rained on."
  • "Bad weather always looks worse through a window."  - Tom Lehrer
  • "Running in the snow has its own special qualities - softness, quiet, the white landscape - and it can make you feel like a kid again."
    -Claire Kowalchik, The Complete Book of Running for Women
  • "If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's beside the point. It's simply that I just have to."
    -Emil Zatopek


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