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It sounds simple. You put one foot in front of the other and you burn calories when you run. Going on a run seems like second nature, but it’s a full-body workout that requires strength, coordination and most of all, determination. Exercising may seem strenuous, but it’s so worth it. Running is actually one of the best mood-boosters that exists!
We’ve compiled the best running quotes for the runners out there, including motivational running fitness quotes, inspiring quotes for runners, plus some funny running quotes to make you laugh. These words of encouragement might just help you run the best race of your life.
1. “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” — Ronald Rook
2. “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
3. “One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.” Unknown
4. “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” — Oprah Winfrey
5. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
6. “I always run without music. Being disconnected is what I’m addicted to more than anything. There aren’t many places where you can be without your phone and computer. I’ve started to crave and enjoy that time alone.” — Christy Turlington
7. “Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me.” — Dick Beardsley
8. “I really love going places without a map. When I went running in Paris, I headed for a monument or a statue that I could see off in the distance. To get back where I started, I simply used the GPS on my phone.” — Brooklyn Decker
9. “Running is the quickest endorphin hit I can get. I like to do it really early in the morning, before everyone gets up. It gives me a clear head and sort of resets the clock. It’s like, ‘OK, I got that out of the way. Now I can deal with people.’” — Julie Bowen
10. “There’s a great empowerment that I get from running, not only from the endorphins . . . Being a runner, to me, has made being depressed impossible. If ever I’m going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured that I’ll come back with clarity and empowerment.” — Alanis Morissette
11. “Exercise is like meditation for me. And I’m giving myself that time . . . I cannot live without it now. When you have such a good workout, it clears everything up mentally, physically, and you just have a better day.” — Minka Kelly
12. “I like what it does for my mind. If I’ve had a bad day, if I’m feeling stressed out, if I’m feeling overwhelmed — it takes it all away. It’s my antidote for everything. If I feel any sort of emotional upheaval, I go for a jog and I feel better.” — Kelly Ripa
13. “[Working out] really did make me feel better and kind of saved me. It gave me a bit of sanity . . . I’m serious about my exercise. I don’t just doodle around. I see people at the gym talking on their cell phones. If they think their bodies are really going to change . . . I mean, you’ve got to put in the effort!” — LeAnn Rimes
14. “I love running but I think you have to find a work out routine that really speaks to you beyond trying to get goals for your body. For me, running, I need it as much for my head and to clear my head as I do for keeping in shape.” — Meghan Markle
15. “I never listen to music when I run – I listen to the beat of my heart. I like to feel the blood pumping in my veins. If I’m running for a long time, I take my hydration pack. I like to disappear up a mountain or into the woods and come back two hours later.” — Fred Sirieux
16. “I’ve always enjoyed exercise, especially outside, but I always assumed you needed to be a bit more of a fitness fan to go running. A few years or two ago when a friend suggested I give it a go and now I’m hooked! I still love Nordic walking and Pilates, but running is a new addition to my exercise routine and I’m so pleased to have found it.” — Liz Earle
17. “It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise.” — Eminem
18. “It makes me feel like I can conquer anything that comes at me. I’m never tapped out. I’m never tired around my two kids. I owe a lot of that to running.” — Travis Barker
19. “I woke up on my birthday and said, ‘I want to run 10 miles.’ I just wanted to see if I could run double-digit mileage.” — Sterling K. Brown
20. “Running has been my main form of exercise. I’ve been running five or six days a week. I love it.” —Natalie Coughlin
21. “It started to become what I looked forward to most; it was the only time I got to be in my own head.” — Rob Riggle
22. “I remember looking at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and thinking, ‘What have I signed up for here?’ It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Okay, here we go!’ Your corral starts off and you start running, and I guess the adrenaline kind of gets you going, and you’re literally off to the races; you’re fine.” — Al Roker
23. “Running is the basis of all the training that I do…it’s like an escape.” — Ellie Goulding
24. “Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s not the end of the world and in many ways it’s the first step toward learning something better and getting better at it.” — Jon Hamm
25. “Fast running isn’t forced. You have to relax and let the run come out of you.” — Desiree Linden
26. “To me, sweat is workout bliss.” — Brooke Burke-Charvet
27. “Running is my alone time. I have people around me all the time, all day. The only time I have alone is when I’m running, or when I’m at church. Running’s easier to fit in.” — Mario Lopez
28. “There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighbors you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”— NIKE
29. “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
30. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.”Dean Karnazes
31. “There are times when I feel lazy and just want to stay in bed all day, but I know that working out is the best way to get those endorphins going, which will make me feel better emotionally and physically.” — Heather Locklear
32. “Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” — Cher
33. “I am 100 percent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy.” — Jennifer Lopez
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34. “Running is great for your body. It will increase your energy levels and helps you to clear your mind.” — Heidi Klum
35. “Just keep moving. Someone said this to me a long time ago. It’s a Buddhist saying, I think: ‘There is no wasted effort.’” — Lauren Graham
36. “Of all the sports I’ve tried, some have come and gone but running has always been there for me. It’s the simplest of things to do: shove your trainers on and just go.” — Mel C, The Spice Girls
37. “All great achievements require time.” — Maya Angelou
38. “I feel like when I am running, it not only helps change me physically, it also improves my state of mind.” — Derek Hough
39. “I love the way that it makes my body feel and it’s just my time for myself where I can get out there and think and let my mind go.” — Laila Ali
40. “If I continue to set goals and accomplish those goals, that means I’m doing something right.” — Kevin Hart
41. “I’m all about breaking mental boundaries, and training for a marathon falls right into the Jedi mind-training I need.” — Alicia Keys
42. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever put my body through, but for me, running is a mental game. I’ve learned that if I can convince myself to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, then I can run as far as I want to.” — Chip Gaines
43. “Running is something you can do and be alone in your thoughts, and I like that.” — Carole Radziwill
44. “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” — Julie Isphording
45. “Something happens to me when I run. People think it’s crazy when I say it. All of my ideas come in when I run. That is my time where it’s just me, where I get to create.” — Theo Rossi
46. “Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” — Mo Farah
47. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
48. “The only failure is not to try.” — George Clooney
49. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin
50. “If the sun comes up, I have a chance.” — Venus Williams
51. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” — Mahatma Gandhi
52. “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” — Bill Bowerman
53. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
54. “Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” — Steve Jobs
55. “Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine.” — John Trautmann
56. “It’s no fun to sit down and talk about what exercise has to do with life… go drip that sweat, run until we’re fatigued, to where the mind can’t ponder the past or the future, well, then you’ve got something… It’s fun to feel healthy, and it’s fun to feel good.” — Matthew McConaughey
57. “For me, working out is a form of therapy, it’s cathartic for me, it’s a good stress reliever. I know that when I go to the gym I am taking care of myself and I know I’ll feel so much better afterwards.” — Bob Harper
58. “When I’m working 16-hour days and I can’t work out, I get angry very easily. It’s because I’m missing all those good endorphins. For me, exercise equals happiness.” — Heather Morris
59. “Just running the streets was absolutely everything and more than I possibly expected.” — Jennie Finch
60. “I run every day. It’s like medicine.” — Jennifer Carpenter
61. “If we had a drug that did what exercise did, it would be the biggest revolution ever and would be promoted all over the world. And all you have to do is go out for a run.”Greg Wells, Ph.D.
62. “Running is kind of like coffee. The first time you drink it you might not like it. It’s bitter and leaves a bad taste in your mouth but you kind of like the way it makes you feel. However, after a few times, it starts to taste better and then all of a sudden you’re hooked and it’s the new best part of waking up.” Amy Hastings
63. “Exercise is so amazing from the inside out. I feel so alive and have so much energy.” — Vanessa Hudgens
64. “Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.” Kara Goucher
65. “As we run, we become.” Amby Burfoot
66. “Things that hurt, instruct.” Benjamin Franklin
67. “Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.” Jimmy Buffett
68. “Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance.” Noel Carroll
69. “Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.” Unknown
70. “Nothing, not even pain, lasts forever. If I can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually get to the end.” Kim Cowart
71. “Just stick with it. What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up” Unknown
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72. “It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends, all while you’re running! But we have mastered it.” Reese Witherspoon
73. “I’m most nervous about everybody making fun of the way I run’ Lawrence said, ‘I do, like, karate hands. Instead of running with my hands closed together like a normal person. It’s like I’m trying to be aerodynamic or something, so my hands are straight like razors.’” Jennifer Lawrence
74. “Coming back to running after a few weeks off is really tough. It’s humbling. Nothing wrong with a large dose of humility.” Davina McCall
75. “Running a marathon is not a question of whether it will be painful, but when it will be painful. It does help to have a sense of humor, but I’m also respectful of the race.” Will Ferrell
76. “I choose the things that I want to do, and they all revolve around one thing: food. Even my running has to do with food. I run to stay in shape so I can eat what I want.” Bobby Flay
77. “I like trails more than roads. I’ve jumped over my share of rattlesnakes. I’ve seen mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, hawks.” Reggie Miller
78. “How do you know if someone ran a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” Jimmy Fallon
79. “I love running cross country. On a track, I feel like a hamster.” Robin Williams
80. “A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.” — Unknown
81. “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.” ― Charles M. Schultz
82. “My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.” ― Milton Berle
83. “Don’t be a jogger, they’re the one’s who find dead bodies.” Amanda Brooks
84. “The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.” Franklin P. Jones
85. “I’ve got 99 problems, so I went on a run to ignore them all.” Unknown
86. “I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.” – Neil Armstrong
87. “We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Will Rogers
88. “Good things come slow – especially in distance running.” Bill Dellinger
89. “There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” — Dean Karnazes
90. “I am a running joke. Waking up at 4:30 am and jogging anywhere from 11 to 23 miles has been nothing short of horrifying.” — Ryan Reynolds
91. “If you’ve never had a bad day running, you’re probably doing something wrong. If you’ve never had a good day running, you’re definitely doing something wrong.”Mark Remy
92. “I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.” Wendy Liebman
93. “Step one to running a marathon: You run. There is no step two.” Barney Stinson
94. “There are many challenges to long-distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one’s house keys.” — Gabrielle Zevin
95. “Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge.” — Dave Bedford
96. “Run like hell and get the agony over with.” — Clarence DeMar
97. “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”  — Steve Prefontaine
98. “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!” — Jillian Michaels
99. “If you still look cute after working out, you didn’t go hard enough.” — Unknown
100. “Whoever established the high road and how high it should be should be fired.” — Sandra Bullock
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