Running Quotes for Women

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It's amazing how a few inspirational words can give your training or mood a huge boost. Get motivated by these quotes and inspirational sayings from or about women athletes.

Inspirational Quotes About Running

  • "The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race."
    -Sign at the Nike Women's Marathon
  • "Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running."
    -Julie Isphording, marathon winner
  • "The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first Olympic women's marathon
  • "They're very tenacious. They're dedicated. Once a woman decides she's going to do something, she'll probably stick to it. The only problem with women is if there's anything wrong with them, they won't tell you. They'll get out there and run on one leg. They don't moan and groan like a lot of men do."
    -Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand Coach, on female runners
  • "I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it."
    -Mary Lou Retton, U.S. Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics
  • "Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson
  • "Every day is a fresh start; don't measure yourself by yesterday's troubles."
    -Dagny Scott Barrios, running writer
  • "Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do."
    -Nina Kuscik, winner of the first Boston Marathon women's race
  • "Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day's canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations. When you're angry, a run can be a sharp slap in the face. When happy, a run is your song."
    -Dagny Scott Barrios
  • "The beauty of running is its simplicity; the beauty of runners is that we all have a similar drive to improve. We are either trying to run a personal best, or toeing the line for the first time, which will snowball into a future of trying to run personal bests. We road racers are a tight community of mileage-happy, limit-pushing athletes."
    -Deena Kastor, American distance runner
  • "I was happy over little things: mango sorbet, and running, and the way my feet felt touching the ground when I ran."
    -Oprah Winfrey
  • "Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be. If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting."
    -Desiree Davila, member, U.S. Olympic marathon team
  • "Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
    -PattiSue Plumer, American track and field athlete
  • "A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day’s effort, be it fast or slow. It's all in conquering the challenge."
    -Mary R. Wittenberg, former president, New York Road Runners Club
  • "Don't be afraid to dream of achieving the impossible.
    -Shalane Flanagan, U.S. Olympic marathoner
  • "As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are."
    -Joan Benoit Samuelson
  • "When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening any more."
    - Florence Griffith Joyner
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