Running Quotes About Pain

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Whether they're racing or training, runners sometimes have to deal with pain. Get inspired with these quotes about embracing the pain and pushing through it.

  • "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
    -Dean Karnazes
  • "Relish the bad training runs. Without them it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones."
    -Pat Teske
  • "I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain ‐ and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is? Don't overdo it' and? Don't push  yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."
    ‐Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Fame
  • "Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain--not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it."
    -Dr. George Sheehan, running author
  • "Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working."
    -Brian Tackett
  • "For something to hurt that bad, and feel so good, it's just inexplicable."
    - Adam Goucher, NCAA Cross Country Division 1 Individual Champ - 1998
  • "A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."
    -Steve Prefontaine
  • "There are people who have no bodies, only heads. And many athletes have no heads, only bodies. A champion is a man who has trained his body and his mind, who has learned to  conquer pain for his own purposes. A great athlete is at peace with himself and at peace with the  world; he has fulfilled himself."   
    ‐Coach Sam Dee, The Olympian
  • "If you start to feel good during an ultra, don't worry, you will get over it."
    - Gene Thibeault
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  • "The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals."
    -Hal Higdon, running writer and coach
  • "There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run."
    -Ben Logsdon
  • "This is your moment. Celebrate the pain."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "I never feel more alive than when I'm in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!"
    -Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathoner and author
  • "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys."
    - Emil Zatopek
  • "The pain is not greater than what is at the finish line."
    -Sally McRae, professional ultrarunner
  • "I will go through a lot of pain to beat someone. If there's pride and ego on the line, if I'm desperate, then I'm willing to go to a place where it hurts a lot more."
    -U.S. Marathoner Shalane Flanagan
  • "Pain later"
    -Seen on a marathon runner's T-shirt
  • "The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."
    -Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
  • "If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."
    -Rob de Castella, on marathon running
  • "We all have bad days and bad workouts, when running gets ugly, when split times seem slow, when you wonder why you started. It will pass."
    -Hal Higdon
  • "The pain of training is nothing compared to the pain of not reaching your potential."
    -Josh Cox, US 50k Record Holder
  • "It's when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all."
    -Chrissie Wellington, four-time World Ironman Champion
  • "Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It's part of racing."
    - Frank Shorter
  • "Pain is just weakness leaving your body."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner."
    ― Dean Karnazes
  • "You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."
    -Martine Costello, on running marathons
  • "Suffering is an extraordinary teacher."
    -Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic marathoner
  • "Pain is temporary, pride is forever."
    -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
  • "It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse."
    - Ann Trason
  • "Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder."
    -William Sigei
  • "Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when the awareness comes, it is excruciating."
    -John Farrington
    Also see: Marathon Running Quotes

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