Quotes About Running in Bad Weather

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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.

Bill Bowerman

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."

John Hanc

"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!'"

Peter Snell

"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."


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!"

Bill Rodgers

"I ran my fastest marathon in the rain."

Stephen Covey

"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!"

Emil Zatopek

"Is it raining?  That doesn't matter. Am I tired?

That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem."

Suzy Hamilton

"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."


"When you're cold and wet when you're running, just remember, not everyone is able to run."

Emil Zatopek

"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."


"Runners don't get rained out, they get rained on."

Tom Lehrer

"Bad weather always looks worse through a window."

Claire Kowalchik

"Running in the snow has its own special qualities—softness, quiet, the white landscape—and it can make you feel like a kid again."

Emil Zatopek

"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."

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