“Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording

“The point is whether or not I improve or not, whether I stay healthy or not.” – Haile Gebrselassie

“The pain of running relieves the pain of living.” – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.” – Bill Bowerman

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

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.” – Tim Noakes

“Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” – Dean Karnazes

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” – George Sheehan

“The hardest step for a runner is the first one out the door.” – Unknown

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

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

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” – Jacqueline Gareau

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

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks

“Running is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.” – Unknown

“Respect the distance, conquer the unknown, exceed your limits.” – Unknown

“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” – Frank Shorter

“The body will achieve what the mind believes.” – Unknown

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with potential.” – Chris Lear

“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

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand that to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

“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

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

“The only person you are running against is you.” – Unknown

“Your only limit is you.” – Unknown

“Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, reliance, and spiritual independence. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of a runner. He learns the harsh reality of his physical and spiritual limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitment, sacrifice, and determination are his only means to betterment.” – Dr. George Sheehan

“Ask yourself, ‘Can I give more?’ The answer is usually ‘Yes’.” – Paul Tergat

“I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” – Dean Karnazes