• Alyssa Clark

Top 10 Motivational Quotes for and from Runners

Updated: Aug 22

By Alyssa Clark and Rob Steger


In part 2 of our motivational quote series, we bring you quotes from some of the best runners in the world. Let these serve to inspire the weekends adventures and keep moving forward through these tumultuous times. Happy weekend and enjoy your training!




1. “This is Who I am. This is what I do.”

~David Horton, top ultra runner and professor


2. “There’s not a better feeling than when you have found that moment of balance and harmony when both running and life come together. Then you know why you run and that you couldn’t live without it.” ~Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champion

3. “The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.”

~Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man


4. "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, Olympic track and field gold medalist

5. “Sometimes you just do things!”

~Scott Jurek, top ultra runner and best selling author


6. “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

~John Bingham, American marathon runner and author

7. "Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great."

~Kara Goucher, elite American long distance runner


8. “The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world”.

~Sebastian Coe, British track and field gold medalist


9. “Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.”

~Julie Isphording, American Olympic long distance runner

10. "Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

~Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man


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