Here is a growing collection of my favorite quotes that keep me inspired and motivated in my running journey.

Read them, share them, add your own favorites in the comments!

“In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.” – Niko Kazantzakis

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“It doesn’t matter how old you are – If you love your sport, you’re never too old to set your goals in life.” – Unknown

“I’m Thor from working out tho hard.” – Margot Viking

“The race goes by so fast, you don’t really get to think much. And I think if you’re thinking about the race, you’re going too slow.” – Asafa Powell

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been” – Unknown

“Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” – Amby Burfoot 

“ALL RUNNERS NEED TO BE ATHLETES. It takes more than running to run well.” – Chris Bennett

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” – Bill Bowerman

“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, NYC Marathon Co-Founder

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Unknown

“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

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombard

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop” – Confucius

“Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes his mind to do. We are capable of greater than we realize.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process — what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands — those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion.” – Silken Laumann, Canadian Olympian

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham

To be continued…

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