Running Quotes from Joan Benoit Samuelson

Motivational Quotes from a Women's Running Legend

Joan Benoit Samuelson
Joan Benoit wins the first women's Olympic marathon during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Tony Duffy/Allsport

While a senior at Bowdoin College, Joan Benoit Samuelson won the 1979 Boston Marathon as a virtual unknown and set a record for American women. She won it again in 1983. In 1984, Samuelson won the first ever women's Olympic Marathon. She continues to be a role model and ambassador in distance running and women's athletics. Here are some quotes from this running legend:

  • "The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships."​
  • "When I first started running, I was so embarrassed I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers!"​
  • "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."​
  • "Running is such a part of my life. If I were never to run another marathon, I would still do two-hour runs."​
  • "My philosophy on running is, I don't dwell on it, I do it."​
  • "Those long runs cleanse my system, physically and mentally."​
  • "Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."​
  • "Years ago, women sat in kitchens drinking coffee and discussing life. Today, they cover the same topics while they run."​
  • "Just like I hope to be a mother for the rest of my life, I hope to be a runner for the rest of my life."​
  • “And that’s what is really cool about our sport. It welcomes everyone: Game on.”​
  • "Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do."​
  • "Every time I fail, I assume I will be a stronger person for it. I keep on running figuratively and literally, despite a limp that gets more noticeable with each passing season, because for me there has always been a place to go and a terrible urgency to get there."

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