Motivational Quotes & Mantras For Running

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Sometimes we need a little extra push. Even the most self-motivated runner will experience rough patches where it is a struggle to even get out the door for a run. Many runners rely on personal mantras and quotes to help them light that fire to keep their running passion alive. Here are a few of our favorite motivational quotes and mantras to get you running today.


jenny_simpson_quote“You have to remember that no athlete at any level — whether that is a high schooler or an Olympian — figured it out overnight, and you are not going to be the exception.” – Jenny Simpson

“Failing is not trying. Failing is not enjoying every step along the way. Failing is not feeling. There will be punches, there will be pain and goals far from met, but in no way can we fail if we make our own path, even if it doesn’t reach the top.” – Kilian Jornet

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

“What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” – Nietzsche

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

“Put the bad ones behind you and don’t rest on your laurels. A short term memory can keep you humble with your eyes up and forward.” – Casimir Loxsom

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

hastings_motto“I breathe in strength; I breathe out weakness.” – Amy Hastings

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Unknown

“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Anonymous

“To be a consistent winner means preparing not just for one day, one month or even one year – but for a lifetime.” – Bill Rodgers

“Give me speed, give me strength, let me fly.” – Kate Grace

“I run because it’s the only way I know to quiet the monster.” – The Oatmeal


What quote/mantra motivates you to run?

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