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Running Quotes

Over the years I remember reading lots of great quotes in Runners World about training and racing. If anyone remembers any or has a favorite running quote let me know.

  • “In a country where only men are encouraged, one must be one’s own inspiration.”
    – Tegla Loroupe, Kenya, 1994 New York City Marathon champion
  • “I like running because it’s a challenge.  If you run hard, there’s the pain – and you’ve got to work your way through the pain.  You know, lately it seems all you hear is? Don’t overdo it’ and? Don’t push yourself.’ Well, I think that’s a lot of bull.  If you push the human body, it will respond.”
    – Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Fame.
  • “Good things come slow – especially in distance running.”
    – Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach
  • “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, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathon
  • “Fear is a great motivator.”
    – John Treacy, 1984 Olympic silver medalist
  • “The thing that makes [Bob] Kennedy so good is that he doesn’t have a fear of losing.  He was willing to go to Europe and get hammered.”
    – Frank Shorter
  • “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
    – Inspirational sign on a runner’s office wall
  • “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest.  I run to see who has the most guts.”
    – Steve Prefontaine
  • “Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not.  When you race him, he will win.”
    – Tom Fleming’s Boston Marathon training sign on his wall
  • “Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them.  The decision has already been made.”
    – Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
  • “The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat.”
    – Bill Squires
  • “I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds.  Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.”
    – Mike Fanelli, club coach
  • “Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me.”
    – Said Aouita
  • “Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush.  Racing is where I get mine.”
    – John Trautmann
  • “If you feel like eating, eat.  Let your body tell you what it wants.”– Joan Benoit Samuelson

Here are some quotes I found on  Copacabana Running -the running lovers place.  Over the years I remember reading lots of great quotes in Runners World about training and racing.  If anyone remembers any or has a favorite running quote let me know.


One Response

  1. I don’t always need extra motivation, however there are times when words from those who have suffered in races come to mind and push you along. 23 miles or so….

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