Motivational Running Quotes and Running Slogans


National Running Day is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in June. On this day runners declare their passion for running.

Sometimes you are not running that well and feel a bit low, or maybe you are running well and are in good shape but just need a bit of push to make that extra effort. In both cases, you need bit of motivation and inspiration and that is exactly what you will get after reading the quotes given below.

Following are the best running quotes from some of the best runners, coaches, and writers. We have also include 36 inspiring track and running slogans. Reading these will surely boost your morale and you feel good and positive about running. Don’t forget to mention you favourite running quotes in the comments section.

Inspirational and Motivational Running Quotes

“I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” » Alberto Salazar

“You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted.” » Joe Henderson


“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today.” » Peter Maher

“Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.” » Joe Paterno

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” » PattySue Plumer Best Running Shoes

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” » Muhammad Ali


“We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.” » Alberto Salazar

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” » Lance Armstrong

“The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one.” » L. Ron Hubbard, author

“Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.” » Jumbo Elliot


“A coach can be like oasis in the desert of a runner’s lost enthusiasm.” » Ken Doherty

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!” » Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” » Dean Karnazes

“Run hard, be strong, think big!” » Percy Cerutty


“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude is how well you do it.” » Lou Holtz, U of S. Carolina football

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” » Steve Prefontaine

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” » William Faulkner

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” » Benjamin Franklin


“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” » Eric Liddell

“It works better for me to be nervous and hungry.” » Lance Armstrong

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” » Steve Prefontaine

“I’d rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, than run a conservative race only for a win.” » Alberto Salazar


“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” » Tom Fleming

“My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.” » Bill Rodgers

Health Quotes and Slogans – Wellness & Illness

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” » Jesse Owens

“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it, you feel you can do anything.”


“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” » Edward Stanley

“Everything I know about life, I learned it from running.” » Ruben Toledo Rosado

“Keep your dream in front of you. Never let it go regardless of how farfetched it might seem.” » Hal Higdon

“Don’t give up on the impossible before you try it.” » Biggie Munn, MSU football


“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” » Oprah Winfrey

“You don’t get to choose when opportunity is going to knock, so you better be prepared for it when it does.” » Ted Anderson, U of Nebraska Omaha

“I run because I used to be envious of people that could run, and now I am that person.” » Kendra Thompson

“Life is complicated. Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run?” » Kevin Nelson


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

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” » Bill Bowerman

“Some runners judge performance by whether they won or lost. Others define success or failure by how fast they ran. Only you can judge your performance. Avoid letting others sit in judgment of you.” » Hal Higdon

“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


“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” » Henry Ford

“The race does not always go to the swift, but to the ones who keep running.”

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” » John Bingham

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” » John Bingham


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” » Haruki Murakami Running Tricks

“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” » Bart Yasso

“A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” » Emil Zatopek

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” » Marilyn vos Savant


“I think some of the most celebrated moments in human achievement should be those times when everything is going against a person and they are down in the dumps but they simply choose to get up. That’s real greatness!” » Ryan Hall

“Men are born to succeed, not fail.” » Henry David Thoreau

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” » Les Brown

“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” » Arthur Blank


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

“For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.” » John Bingham

“It’s a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do.” » Alan Sillitoe

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” » Vince Lombardi


“No one ever drowned in sweat.”

“Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.” » Sarah Condor

“Every day is a good day when you run.” » Kevin Nelson

Sports Quotes – Player’s Sayings

“Life is short… running makes it seem longer.” » Baron Hansen

“One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.” » Bob Kennedy


“Ninety-eight percent of success is in the head and the heart.” » Cathy Ferguson, Olympic swimming

“To give anything less than your best is the sacrifice the gift.” » Steve Prefonataine

“If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk.” » Bill Rodgers

“Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run.” » Monte Davis


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

“Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.” » Michael Sargent

“If you want to achieve a high goal, you’re going to have to take some chances.” » Alberto Salazar

“Me thinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.” » Henry David Thoreau


“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

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”


Inspiring Running Slogans

“I’m Not An Easy Catch.”

“Run Hard Or Walk Home.”


“Date A Track Runner… All Other Athletes Are Just Players..”

“Pain Is Temporary, Pride Is Forever.”

“If Track Was Easy…They’d Call It Football.”

“Run To Live. Live To Run.”


“Don’t Let Anybody Tell You, You Can’t Just Because They Can’t.”

“Lead The Pack! Run Track!”

“Pain Is Nothing Compared To What It Feels Like To Quit.”

“I’m The Runner You Momma Warned You About.”


“Leave It All On The Track.”

“Our Shoes Have More Miles Than Your Car.”

“Hills Don’t Go Away They Wait.”

“Running: It’s Cheaper Than Therapy.”


“No Benches, No Half-Time, No Time-Outs… No Substitutions: The Only True Sport.”

“The Faster You Run, The Quicker You’re Done.”

“Don’t Race Against Others, Race Against Yourself.”

“Finally, A Good Use For Golf Courses.”

“Our Warm Up Is Your Work Out.”


“You Can Run. You Can Run. You Can Run.”

“Sorry, I’ve Got To Run.”

“All It Takes Is All You’ve Got.”

“Don’t Just Chase Your Dreams. Run Them Down!”

“Real Athletes Run, Other Just Play Games.”


“Forget The Glass Slippers. This Princess Wears Running Shoes.”

“Run Fast Or Be Last!”

“Mud, Sweat, & Tears.”

“Running Slow Isn’t A Character Flaw. Quitting Is.”

“Rack Is 90% Mental, And We’re All Insane!”

“Run Like You Stole Something.” Best Running Memes


“Eat, Sleep, Run Track.”

“We Don’t Need Wings To Fly.”

“If Your Can Read This, We’re Just Warming Up.”

“Miles To Go Before I Sleep.”

“It’s Not The Miles You Put In, It’s What You Put Into The Miles. Okay It’s Both.”

“Heart Pumping, Muscles Burning, Feet Aching, Lungs Screaming For Air…Yea We Run For Fun!”