Inspirational Running Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old inspirational running quotes, inspirational running sayings, and inspirational running proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.     

John Bingham

Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.     

Jimmy Carter

Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.     

Richard O'Brien

We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable.”     

Fred Lebow

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

Lance Armstrong

It's just as important to remember that each footstike carries you forward, not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes you are different in come way than you were the day before. This is all good news.     

John Bingham

Running makes you an athlete in all areas of life...trained in the basics, prepared for whatever comes, ready to fill each hour and deal with the decisive moment.     

George A. Sheehan

I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.     

Mike Fanelli

The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.     

George Sheehan

The fears you run from run to you.     

Robin S. Sharma

Have confidence in your running ability, and then be tough enough to follow through until you reach your running goals.     

Felicity Luckey

To get in the best running shape of your life, you have to do something you've never done.     

Felicity Luckey

In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that.     

Fred Lebow

On your path to running success, remember to enjoy the journey.     

Felicity Luckey

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

Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.     

Kara Goucher

The real purpose of running isn't to win a race. It's to test the limits of the human heart.     

Bill Bowerman

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.     

Emil Zatopek

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.     

Doris Brown Heritage

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.     

Haile Gebrselassie

Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.     

Jumbo Elliot

You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week, or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime.     

Mark Allen

You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.     

Christopher McDougall

Running cleared the day's cobwebs from my mind and focused my thinking, and gave me time and space to sort out anything that was bothering me, or to detach and think of nothing at all.     

Jeff Horowitz

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.     

Kara Goucher

Running has taken me in, and continues to comfort, heal and challenge me in all kinds of magical ways. I am not a 'good runner' because I am me. I am a good 'me' because I am a runner.     

Kristin Armstrong

I keep running away, As if from something, As if to something. I keep running away, As if from myself, As if to myself.     

Jenim Dibie

Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.     

Steve Prefontaine

Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!     

Sasha Azevedo