Running Quotes from Kara Goucher

Kara Goucher at 2008 Olympics
Kara Goucher of the United States competes in the Women's 5000m at hte Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

World class distance runner and author Kara Goucher loves to share her thoughts about running. Here are some of her memorable and inspirational running quotes.

  • "Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead."
  • "That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is."
  • "Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work."
  • "A marathon is a long race, so long in fact that your only real competitor is yourself."
  • "Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it's not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life."
  • "Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great."
  • "Do the work. Do the analysis. But feel your run. Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running."
  • "I don't feel like myself unless I run. It's how I deal with sadness and happiness. I need it. It's like therapy."
  • "Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible, nothing unattainable."
  • "See other competitors as your friends. Your only real competitor is yourself. The idea is to beat the distance, not the person next to you. So hang in there, stay positive, and take positive energy from everyone around you."
  • "Be unrelenting. If you don't believe, then who will?"
  • "Erase from your mind that your preparation must be perfect. Hard work + dedication = a shot at your dreams. Keep believing."
  • "There are a million reasons why you can't. Focus on the few reasons why you can."
  • "Once you make the decision that you will not fail, the heart and the body will follow."
  • "Never underestimate the power that one good workout will have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle."
  • "You can't do in a race what you haven't prepared for."
  • "Watching the world's best compete fires you up to achieve your own feats of greatness. When it comes to running, participation and spectating go hand in hand."
  • "As badly as I want a medal, I know there is a lot of luck involved in that. I want to put myself in position to be in the top three, give it my all and hope luck comes my way."
  • "Don't try to rush progress. Remember -- a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing."
  • "That's what a comeback is. You have a starting point and you build strength and momentum from there. Stay the course...remain patient. Focus on small steps that are constantly forward."


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