Get Motivation with 15 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Runners

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Most people run for health. Some people run for stress release. Others choose to run because they see the clear VISION OF THEIR GOAL.

Some run to get fresh air or socialise with others.

Perhaps the biggest challenge is to get out do it.

Keep that routine to run every day.

What ever reason we run, release our stress and have GOOD HEALTH.

Looking after our mental status.

1. Florence Griffith Joyner, Three-Time Gold Olympian

"When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore."

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Get Motivation with 15 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Runners

2. Billy Mills, Gold Medal Olympian

"The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that, you have dignity. You have the pride. You can walk about with character and pride no matter in what place you happen to finish."

3. Jesse Owens, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

4. Wilma Rudolph, Three-Time Olympic Gold Champ

"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."

5. Deena Kastor, 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist

"The beauty of running is its simplicity; the beauty of runners is that we all have a similar drive to improve. We are either trying to run a personal best or toeing the line for the first time, which will snowball into a future of trying to run personal bests. We road racers are a tight community of mileage-happy, limit-pushing athletes.”

6. Steve Prefontaine, Holder of Seven World Records

"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."

7. Grete Waitz, Nine-Time NY Marathon Champ

"For every finish-line tape a runner breaks—complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras—there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about."

8. John J. Kelley, 1957 Boston Marathon Champ

We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message."

9. Bill Rodgers, Four-Time Boston Marathon Champ

"The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability: consistency, a sane approach, moderation, and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life."

10. Joan Benoit, 1984 Gold Medal Olympian

"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."

11. Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner and bronze medalist of the Boston Marathon

“It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you’re going. If you’re putting on your shoes and going out for a run, you are a runner, you are in that club.” 

12. Wilma Rudolph, Olympic sprinter

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

13. Juma Inkangaa, 1989 winner of the New York Marathon

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

14. Shalane Flanagan, Olympic long-distance runner

“All runners are tough. Everyone has to have a little fire in them, that even in tough times, can’t be turned off.”

15. Christopher McDougall

The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.

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