Nine Running Quotes

As you may know, this summer I’m coaching for Fleet Feet West Hartford’s Half Marathon Training Program. One of my favorite responsibilities as a coach is to pass words of running wisdom along to my runners. Today’s installment of Dr. Rachel’s Running Wisdom – Nine Running Quotes to Keep Motivated:

  1. “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, New York City Marathon co-founder
  2. “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 (The Penguin)
  3. “We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” – Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile
  4. “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
  5. “It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan
  6. “We have all learned everything we know physically—from walking to running a marathon—by trial and error, so there’s no reason to become our own worst enemies when we suffer a setback. From time to time everyone falls short of their goals. It’s an illusion to believe that champions succeed because they do everything perfectly. You can be certain that every archer who hits the bull’s-eye has also missed the bull’s-eye a thousand times while learning the skill.” – Amby Burfoot
  7. “That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher
  8. “We’re all slower than somebody. There’s nothing to be gained from belittling yourself over how fast you can run; banish all thoughts of ‘Oh, I’m so slow, what’s the point?’ People get lapped even in world-class 10Ks on the track. There wil
    l always be lots of people faster than you. That fact detracts not a whit from your efforts to get faster and the meaning you can find in that pursuit. Any thoughtful runner who has set performance goals and worked hard to reach them will respect any other runner’s quest to do the same. Your effort, not your pace at that effort, is what really matters.” – Scott Douglas
  9. “Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.” -Richard O’Brien

Want more great quotes? Check out Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes on Facebook or the super fun 1,001 Pearls of Runner’s Wisdom book.