“I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.” - Haruki Murakami. Here are 45 Motivational Running Quotes To Stay Fit And Healthy.

Running Quotes

1. “There is about world-class athletes carving out exemptions from physical laws a transcendent beauty that makes manifest God in man.”
David Foster Wallace

2. “When I go to the Boston Marathon now, I have wet shoulders—women fall into my arms crying. They’re weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything.”
Kathrine Switzer

3. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”
William Arthur Ward

4. “All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”
Haruki Murakami

5. “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.”
Christopher McDougall

6. “Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.”
Tim Noakes

7. “But you can’t muscle through a five-hour run that way; you have to relax into it like easing your body into a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it.”
Christopher McDougall

8. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong

9. “But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.”
Meb Keflezighi

10. “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.”
Christopher McDougall

11. “I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually, the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.”
Haruki Murakami

Running Quotes

12. “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
Dean Karnazes

13. “I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by–you can’t run and stay mad!”
Kathrine Switzer

14. “What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.”
James Dyson

15. “Your body provides you with constant feedback that can help improve your running performance while minimizing biomechanical stress. Learn to differentiate between the discomfort of effort and the pain of injury. When you practice listening, you increase competence in persevering through the former and responding with respect and compassion to the latter.”
Gina Greenlee

16. “Try jogging when following your heart, it’s healthier”
Benny Bellamacina

17. “The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.”
Haruki Murakami

18. “Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant, that leaves you in a great mood.”
Auliq Ice

19. “Yes, I am round. Yes, I am slow. Yes, I run as though my legs are tied together at the knees. But I am running. And that is all that matters.”
John Bingham

20. “It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”
John Bingham

21. “Never underestimate the heart of a champion!”
Doc Rivers

22. “Ask nothing from your running, in other words, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.”
Christopher McDougall

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23. “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.”
Charles M. Schulz

24. “How to run an ultramarathon? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line.”
Dean Karnazes

25. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

26. “Running is real and relatively simple… but it ain’t easy.”
Mark Will-Weber

27. “If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.”
Christopher McDougall

28. “There is nothing so momentary as a sporting achievement, and nothing so lasting as the memory of it.”
Greg Dening

29. “The finest of athletes have, along with skill, a few more essential qualities: to conduct their life with dignity, with integrity, with courage and modesty. All these, are totally compatible with pride, ambition, determination and competitiveness”
Donald Bradman

30. “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”
Kathrine Switzer

31. “The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.”
Franklin P. Jones

32. “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.”
Kristin Armstrong

33. “Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.”
Amby Burfoot

Running Quotes

34. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
Hippocrates

35. “If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After a while, you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.”
Criss Jami

36. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
Henry David Thoreau

37. “We wouldn’t be alive without love, we wouldn’t have survived without running. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.”
Christopher McDougall

38. “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
Ellen DeGeneres

39. “When I was little and running on the race track at school, I always stopped and waited for all the other kids so we could run together even though I knew (and everybody else knew) that I could run much faster than all of them!”
C. JoyBell C.

40. “After joyfully working each morning, I would leave off around midday to challenge myself to a footrace. Speeding along the sunny paths of the Jardin du Luxembourg, ideas would breed like aphids in my head – for creative invention is easy and sublime when air cycles quickly through the lungs and the body is busy at noble tasks.”
Roman Payne

41. “There’s more to marathon day than running long. Learning how your body reacts to the early alarm, light breakfast and warm-up is key. Minimize surprises come race day. Run long the same time of day as the race.”
Gina Greenlee

42. “I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.”
Dean Karnazes

43. “The pain of running relieves the pain of living.”
Jacqueline Simon Gunn

44. “Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day’s canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations.”
Dagny Scott Barrio

45. “People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line, we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”
Dean Karnazes

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Best of Running Quotes

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“The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.”
- Christopher McDougall
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“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” - Dean Karnazes
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“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

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About the author

Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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