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Sampling of Great Running Quotes for Your Frig or Bulletin Board

We can often draw inspiration from other runners who have experienced many of the same highs and lows in training and racing as we have. Regardless of your level of ability or fitness, there’s a commonality among runners who share the pleasures (and pains) of training and racing. Here are some of my favorite running quotes—as compiled by my former Runner’s World colleague, Mark Will-Weber in his book, The Quotable Runner—that are funny, entertaining and motivational. They demonstrate that all runners are of the same race—the human race.

Pick out the ones that work best for you, print them out and tape the best ones to your refrigerator or computer. They may help get you through your next tough workout or race.

“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”Fred Lebow, founder, New York City Marathon

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”Juma Ikangaa of Tanzania, ’89 New York City Marathon champ

“The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.”Dr. George Sheehan, cardiologist, philosopher, writer

“Start slowly, then taper off.”Walter Stack, runner and philosopher

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”Oprah Winfrey, TV talk-show hostess, actor, marathoner

“Running helps me stay on an even keel and in an optimistic frame of mind.”Bill Clinton, former President of the United States

“Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge.”Don Kardong, 1976 Olympic marathoner

“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, founder of the New York City Marathon

“Some might say that it’s easier to be the runner than the runner’s family.”Rob de Castella, ’86 Boston Marathon winner

“It used to be that I’d eat to run. The more I ran, the more I needed to eat. Now I run to eat.”Tom Fleming, two-time New York City Marathon winner

“Workouts are like brushing my teeth. I don’t think about them; I just do them.”Pattisue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

“If you put down a good, solid foundation and build one room after another, pretty soon you have a house. You build in your speedwork, your pace and increase your ability to run races and think races out. Then it’s possible to run the way we do.”Rod Dixon, 1983 New York City Marathon champ

“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, former coach of the San Francisco Impalas

“Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.”Lorraine Moller, ’92 Olympic bronze medalist and Boston Marathon champ

“Hills are speedwork in disguise.”Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon champion

“I lean with the hill. I know I’m doing it right if it feels like I’m going to fall on my face but I don’t.”Ed Eyestone, two-time Olympic marathoner

“We marathoners are different from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”Emil Zatopek, Czech great who won 1952 Olympic marathon

“Women are beautiful because they run, and they run because they are beautiful.”Dr. Ernst van Aaken, early proponent of women’s marathoning

“The five S’s of sport training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit. The greatest of these is spirit.”Ken Doherty, runner and author

“The mind is everything: muscles—pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.”Paavo Nurmi of Finland, nine-time Olympic medalist

“A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.”Steve Prefontaine, one of the greatest American runners who died prematurely in a car accident in 1975

“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe, believe, believe.”Billy Mills, ’64 Olympic 10,000-meter champion

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below!

Wish

About Wish

Bob “Wish” Wischnia has more than 30 years of running industry experience across publishing, retail, web, and race organization. An Arizona State University alum, Wischnia has been a runner virtually his entire life, still competing in track and road race competitions. And in the free time he’s not pounding the pavement? He’s swimming, cycling, and catching days on the green.

2017-10-19T00:40:06+00:00 Categories: Mental Focus - Motivation, Training, Training Tips|Tags: , , , |