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20 Running quotes to motivate yourself to run

20 Running quotes to motivate yourself to run

Running is a source of inspiration for runners, writers and artists. Find here sometimes famous quotes and different views on sports and running. Whether it’s for fun, well-being, a run, a marathon or a trail, running can change your life!

“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to change your life, run a marathon. »
Emil Zatopek, multiple Olympic champion

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“Winning doesn’t mean finishing in first position. It’s not about beating others. To win is to overcome oneself. Overcome our body, our limits and our fears. Winning is about surpassing yourself and turning dreams into reality. »
Kilian Jornet, ultra trail runner, winner of the UTMB

“A race is a work of art that can touch people according to their sensitivity. »
Steve Prefontaine, American runner

“  Victory is giving your best. If you gave your best, you won. 
Bill Bowerman, Nike Co-Founder and Coach

“  I will silence the skeptics with my hard work. And no one will stop me from proving my worth. »
Kenenisa Bekele, world record holder in the 5000m and 10 000m

“  If you want to achieve a real challenge, it has to be a real challenge. You cannot accomplish anything without the possibility of failure. “
Lazarus Lake, founder of the Barkley Marathon

“To train for an ultra you need to go for a run when it is raining, windy, and snowing, when lightning sets trees on fire as you pass them, when snowflakes or hailstones strike your body in the storm and make you weep”

Kilian Jornet, ultra trail runner, winner of the UTMB

Kílian Jornet, part trail runner, part mountaineer. Wins almost every trail event he enters and summited Everest on his own (twice) in world record time in 2017.

“  After a marathon, you know more about what you’re looking for in life. »
Paula Radcliffe, world record holder in the marathon

“If you lose faith in human nature, get out there and go see a marathon. »
Kathrine Switzer, 1st finisher of the Boston Marathon

“If people were reasoned, they wouldn’t run marathons. But we are not beings of reason. We are people of passion. »
Noel Carroll, philosopher

“Training is a time when resolutions made with enthusiasm and an inspired moment are put to the test. »
Herb Elliot, Olympic champion

“To travel on foot in good weather, in a beautiful country, without being in a hurry, and having a pleasant object as the end of my journey: these are the ways of living that are most to my taste. »
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher of the Enlightenment


“It hurts up to a point, then it doesn’t get any worse”

                                                                                                                                                    Ann Transon 

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Ann Transon is a 14 time winner of the Western States 100 and known as one of the toughest competitors in trail running.

“When you run he marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time”

                                                                                                                                   Haile Gebresselassie.

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Haile Gebresselassie, multiple Olympic champion over 5000m and 10,000m

“I would give a thousand pounds to be able to run as fast as you.” »
William Shakespeare, English playwright, from Henry IV

“The body of an athlete and the soul of a wise man, this is what it takes to be happy”
Voltaire, philosopher of the Enlightenment

“  I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would get me anywhere. 
Forrest Gump

“ Not giving the maximum is sacrificing your talent. »
Steve Prefontaine , American runner


” Train Hard Win Easy”
” Train hard, to win easily”

Kenyan Proverb

Kenyan Proverb

“ The quality of training is much more important than the quantity”
Peter Coe, father and trainer of Seb Coe, double Olympic champion in the 1500m.

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