Short Motivational Quotes About Running

Get Yourself Moving With Inspirational Words on Running

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Short running quotes are great because they're easy to remember, and they usually have a simple, powerful message. They come from famous runners, shoe companies, and anonymous but inspirational sources.

Here are some short, motivational quotes about running that you can think about during runs, or when you're trying to motivate yourself to go for a run. You might use some of them for a social media post or add to a photo to make a meme. You could also use them on a t-shirt.

Rich Davis
"Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."

Fred Lebow
"Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon."

New Balance
"The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average."

"Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason."

"A run begins the moment you forget you are running."

Kara Goucher
"Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work."

Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner
"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race."

"Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can't."

Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC marathons
"The marathon can humble you."

"Running releases more than just sweat."

Lance Armstrong
"Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight."

Kathleen Harris
"Don't fear moving slowly forward...fear standing still."

Amby Burfoot
"As we run, we become."

"To get to the finish line, you'll have to try lots of different paths."

Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner
Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'."

Unknown, seen on a marathon spectator sign
"Remember the reasons you are running."

Kevin Nelson
"Every day is a good day when you run."

George Sheehan, running writer
"I have met my hero, and he is me."

"The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door."

Unknown, seen on a runner's T-shirt
"No guts, no glory"

"Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

Emil Zatopek
"If I can get better, why not?"

Arthur Clarke
"The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them."

Marc Davis
"All it takes is all you got."

Florence Griffith-Joyner
"Injuries made me a believer in cross-training."

Paula Radcliffe
"I can't imagine living and not running."

Chinese proverb
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still."

"One run can change your day, many runs can change your life."

Art Williams
"I'm not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it."

"Runs end. Running doesn't."

"Yesterday you said tomorrow."

"Someone who is busier than you is running right now."

"Runs end. Running doesn't."

"Who says you can't run away from your problems?"