Inspirational Marathon Running Quotes!
Everyone needs some motivation at some point in their training. Whether you’re in the thick of marathon training or dealing with a setback, motivational quotes are just the spark that some of us need to, as Desi Linden says, “keep showing up”.
Below, I found some of my favorite quotes from runners who, not only spent a part of their running careers as top-level professionals but also personal motivators to me – either from meeting them in person or from racing against them at some point in my running career.
“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.”
“I love the marathon … It’s a challenge, and if you don’t like challenges, something is wrong with your life.”
“Running is in my blood—the adrenaline flows before the races, the love/hate of butterflies in your stomach.”
“If you have the courage to fail, then you have the courage to succeed.”
“It’s something in me, deep down, that makes me different in a race.”
“Good things happen when you go for it!”
“The marathon has so many elements to prepare for. I think that is one reason I always want to come back for more. There is always something to change in your preparation and I am still trying to discover what I am capable of. I guess I just love the challenge.”
“I am not somebody who just likes to run. I am a runner. This is the difference between a pastime and a passion. I like to play golf, but I am not a golfer. I like to cook, but I am not a chef. I don’t just like to run. I am a runner. It is a passion. It is part of who I am and is woven into the fabric of my personality, character, and psyche.”
“One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.”
“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”
“Heart can’t be measured, only witnessed.”
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— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) September 17, 2018
“Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better.
My advice: keep showing up.”
“Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
Sir Roger Bannister
“The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that. There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records.”
However you find motivation, take some of these quotes to your heart. You’ll find that when you need to draw on some inspiration, you can use some of these former (or current) professional runners for motivation.
Each of them had their unique perspective on running and you can draw on them for what it is you need in your running.
Do you have a quote by a runner that you always come back to? Share it in the comments.
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