You might shrug off  a lot of quotes as cliche or trite, but the truth is that a good marathon quote can change your run. It shifts the mindset and gives you a new way to look at your struggle.

Science says this is why we so love those marathon quotes:

  • It’s like hearing someone else say they believe in you
  • It’s like having a coach in your head to guide you through
  • We know word choice matters in our training (have to vs get to)
  • We like having role models, they give us things to aspire to
  • They help us convey to others feelings we often can’t put in to words

It’s easy to get caught up in the logistics behind achieving goals. The numbers, the miles, the hours spent, the grueling early mornings or late nights, the injuries – that we sometimes lose track of why we started the journey to begin with.

Marathon Running Quotes

So if you’re anything like me thinking about your own big running goals, I hope these quotes might help you too!

There’s no scientific writing in this one.
No facts or tips or tricks.
Just purely motivational running quotes!

It’s common to have marathon training burn out after running for a long time, which means we have to find ways to mentally get back to why we run. We run because we love it – the freedom it gives us, the goal to focus on, the way it makes us feel.Motivational Running Quotes

But occasionally, we just aren’t feeling it! We don’t have the energy to lace up the shoes and head out the door, or to find a new marathon or goal to set. It happens.

So for those moments, sometimes all I need is a few extra words of encouragement that will motivate me to keep going, to remember why I started running in the first place, and to know that I am not alone with this!

Marathon Training Quotes

So you signed up to run 26.2 and are second guessing it now? Yes, it happens! Those long  cold-weather runs don’t always sound appealing, but you signed up because it was something you knew you could do.

The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt. You train so you can tolerate it.” – can’t find original quoter

I always say if the marathon is a part-time interest, you will only get part-time results.” Bill Rodgers

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming” –Frank Shorter

“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 – New York City Marathon co-founder

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.” Haile Gebrselassie

Motivational Running Quotes

From the Mayor of Running Bart Yasso at Runner’s World

Personal Growth Quotes

Growth isn’t just physical with running. While being healthy and active are strong motivating reasons, there are also a lot of mental and emotional benefits from running as well! It’s important to always remember that.

“For an athlete, the biggest pressure comes from within. You know what you want to do and what you’re capable of.” Paula Radcliffe

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you could do it” –Priscilla Welsh

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson

Confidence is not some nonphysical quality snatched from the spiritual dimension and installed in the mind. It is the feeling that arises when the body’s knowledge of itself is in harmony with a person’s dreams.” – Matt Fitzgerald

Motivational Running Quotes

Keep Going Quotes

For those moments when you wonder if you have enough strength to continue on. You do! We all do. It’s all about finding your inner grit.

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

It could all end tomorrow, so enjoy what you have and never take it for granted. And never forget to take an easy run for yourself once in a while and just remember why you love to run.” Dathan Ritzenhein

“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’ The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.” – Paul Tergat – Kenyan professional marathoner

When you recognize that failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things.” Lauren Fleshman

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

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Remembering Why We Run Quotes

You started running for a reason, right? Whether you need a half marathon training quote or something to go 26.2 these will help.

Whatever it was – you found enough motivation to take that first step and you didn’t stop there. If you ever feel like you’ve lost sight of your why, these quotes are a great way to help you remember.

Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet others’ expectations. Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams. -” Meb Keflezighi

A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself.” Deena Kastor

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Wilma Rudolph winner of 3 Olympic gold medals

Motivational Running Quotes

Oiselle Athlete – Kara Goucher

Do you have any motivational quotes you read when you need that extra boost? I’d love to read what some of your favorites quotes are!

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