26 Quotes That Inspire Me to Run


These quotes are from people I admire. Some who are alive, and some who have passed. Women and men. Runners and not runners. The one thing they have in common? For whatever reason, they inspire me to keep on running. Three of them are Steve Prefontaine quotes, cuz, come on, it’s Pre. Some of these people are athletes, as well as authors. If I have written a book review to one of those quoted, I will link to that in their name.

Disclaimer: I am typing these on my phone and from memory, so I am 100% certain that they are not 100% accurate. Hope you don’t mind! Without further Ado…


1. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

2. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just have to take the first step. -Martin Luther King Jr.

3. In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart. -Anne Frank

4. Normality is a paved road. It is easy to walk, but no flowers grow. -Vincent Van Gogh

5. Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. -Marilyn Monroe

6. A ship is safe at the shore, but that is not what it was built for. -Albert Einstein

7. Endurance is one of the hardest disciplines, but is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. -Buddha

8. Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are on dirt. -John Muir

9. Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish. -Scott Jurek (wow… how have I not reviewed Eat and Run yet…)

10. Once you make the decision that you will not fail, your heart and body will follow. -Kara Goucher

11. It’s okay to want something that terrifies you. -Alexi Pappas

12. It’s when the discomfort strikes that one realizes a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all. -Chrissie Wellington

13. There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner Dean Karnazes

14. When we run, we become. -Amby Burfoot

15. To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. -Steve Prefontaine

16. If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow. If we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning. Sakyong Mipham

17. Don’t fight the trail. Take what it gives you. -Caballo Blanco

18. The only race pace is a suicide pace, and today feels like a good day to die. -Steve Prefontaine (Side note: I would NOT have included this in my list until very recently. I am only now, after 8 years of running and “racing” consistantly, interested in pushing myself to be faster.)

19. Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen. -Amy Winehouse

20. If you have no shadows, then you aren’t standing in the light. -Lady Gaga

21. It’s your road, and yours alone. Others can walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. -Rumi

22. Go. Because you want to. Because wanting to leave is enough. Cheryl Strayed

23. If you aren’t also in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback. Brene Brown

24. Be messy and complicated and afraid, and show up anyways.Glennon Doyle Melton

25. Anything’s possible if you got enough nerve. -JK Rowling

26. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis


What about you? What are your favorite running quotes? Leave it in the comments!

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