55 Inspirational Running Quotes That Will Keep You Active

Running is not just about running. It’s about being in a fantastic place and enjoying every second of the journey. It can be tough on your body and mind, but it also has its own set of benefits that you might not know about.

It helps you to weight loss or help achieve personal fitness goals like improving cardiovascular health, losing weight, or building muscle mass. It also lowers your risk for heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and depression.

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just going for a jog on your lunch break, running is an excellent form of exercise to help you meet your fitness goals. It provides a perfect cardiovascular workout with the added benefit of burning tons of calories throughout the process.

The benefits of running vary from person to person, depending on their needs.

Here are some of the most inspiring quotes that will help you stay active and motivated when it comes to getting ahead in life.

55 Inspirational Running Quotes

1. “I breathe in strength and breathe out weakness.” – Amy Hastings Cragg

2. “A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” ~ Anonymous

3. “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” ~ Juma Ikangaa

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

5. “We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.” ~ Christopher McDougall

6. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

7. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ~ Dean Karnazes

8. “Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!” – Anonymous

9. “Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.” ~ Mina Samuels

10. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days…I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it.” ~ Rob Haneisen

11. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~ Confucius

12. “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” ~ Clarence DeMar

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

14. “Run like Ryan Gosling is waiting for you at the finish line. With a puppy.” ~ Anonymous

15. “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” ~ Dean Karnazes

16. “Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” ~ Rich Davis

17. “There’s not one body type that equates to success. Accept the body you have and be the best you can be with it.” ~ Mary Cullen

18. “I run . . . I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run.” ~ Anonymous

19. “Run. Because zombies will eat the untrained ones first!” ~ Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

20. “After all, if you run far enough, no one can catch you.” ~ V.E. Schwab

21. “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.” ~ Nike

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

23. “Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” ~ Gail W. Kislevitz

24. “Get going … walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.” ~ Ron Hill

25. “Never limit where running can take you. I mean that geographically, spiritually, and of course, physically.” ~ Bart Yasso

26. “The more I run, the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.” ~ Anonymous

27. “Ask yourself: “Can I give more?” The answer is usually: “Yes.” ~ Paul Tergat

28. “We run to undo the damage we’ve done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered.” ~ John Bingham

29. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days. I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it.” ~ Rob Haneisen

30. “Run like you stole something.” ~ Anonymous

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

32. “A short run is better than no run.” ~ Anonymous

33. “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

34. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~ Jesse Owens

35. “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

36. “As we run, we become.” ~ Amby Burfoot

37. “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

38. “Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.” ~ Patrick Ness

39. “I didn’t feel like running today. Which is exactly why I went.” ~ Anonymous

40. “What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up.” ~ Anonymous

41. “Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.” ~ Kevin Nelson

42. “There will come a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day.” ~ Anonymous

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

44. “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” ~ Kara Goucher

45. “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 Barrios

46. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ~ Haruki Murakami

47. “Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.” ~ Kathleen Harris

48. “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

49. “Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” ~ Desiree Linden

50. “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

51. “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” ~ Julie Isphording

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

53. “You would run much slower if you were dragging something behind you, like a knapsack or a sheriff.” ~ Lemony Snicket

54. “There are many challenges to long distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one’s house keys.” ~ Gabrielle Zevin

55. “A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” ~ Emil Zatopek

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