Great Running and Inspirational Quotes

"Fear is a great motivator. "
- John Treacy, 1984 Olympic silver medalist

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
- Steve Prefontaine


“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” – Percy Cerutty

"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."
- Emil Zatopek


"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
-Oprah Winfrey


"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian


"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."
- Jesse Owens


"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming."
- Frank Shorter


"Running is real and relatively simple - but it ain't easy."
- Mark Will-Weber


"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


"Respect the distance or the distance won't respect you! It will eat you up, spit you out and make you beg for mercy" - Unknown (From Kelly Ridgway's Blog)


"Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way."
- Jen Rhines


"No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others."
- Dr. George Sheehan

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