Motivational Running Sayings and Quotes

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

I don't have a runner's body, but I have a runner's heart and that is all you need.     

Jennifer Morris

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

Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.     

Julie Isphording

Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.     

Michael Sargent

Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It's the easiest sport.     

Bill Rodgers

We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves.     

Roger Bannister

Running has taught me to always push forward, especially in the most difficult times.     


All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other.     

Kathrine Switzer

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.     

Jimmy Buffett

Every day is a good day when you run.     

Kevin Nelson

The race does not always go to the swift, but to the ones who keep running.     


Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.     

Sarah Condor

Life is short… running makes it seem longer.     

Baron Hansen

I don't run because I love the feeling of running. I run because it makes me love the feeling of living.     

Bonnie Pfiester

Have you ever felt worse after a run?     

George Sheehan

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

George Sheehan

If you want to run a mile, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.     

Emil Zatopek

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

If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else.     

C.S Lewis

Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!     


Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time, especially in the most painful moments.     


Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today.     

Peter Maher

Run like there's a hot guy in front of you and a creepy one behind you.     


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

When you have running goals you have hope and when you have hope you have everything.     

Felicity Luckey

Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life     

Haruki Murakami

Good things come slow, especially in distance running.     

Bill Dellinger

Act enthusiastic about running and you will be enthusiastic.     

Felicity Luckey

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

Christopher McDougall

You don't have to be fast. But you'd better be fearless.     

Christopher McDougall