Motivational running quotes to start your year right. Have you ever associated your life’s situation with a quote or rather a running quote? It’s funny and ironic especially for runners how running quotes creates impact and motivation in their daily life.

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Whenever we are faced with trials or adversity we like to relate with quotes because in the end it helps us keep going and it acts as a reminder that no matter what life throws us it is okay and we can deal with it.

Do you have a favorite running quote that you live by? I made a list of motivational running quotes to start your year to help you be accountable in achieving your dreams and aspirations.

You don’t have to be a runner so you can relate to these quotes, although we all know that running is not an easy sport and therefore take these quotes as extra motivation to keep you going.

You can print these quotes and post them on your wall as a reminder or you can print them into small pieces, roll and place them in a jar and every time you’re feeling down you can pick one from the jar and read it aloud to uplift your mood and spirit.

Motivational Running quotes to start your year


Motivational Running Quotes To Start Your Year

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens (athlete, gold medalist)

“Whether a mile or a marathon, you get there the same way…one step at a time. Such is life.” – Baylor Barbee (speaker, triathlete)

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (former first lady, political figure)

“Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you daydream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, effort, sacrifice, and sweat. How will you pay for your goals?” – Usain Bolt (sprinter, world champion)

“Running allows to set my mind free, nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” – Kara Goucher (runner, Olympic medalist)

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham (runner, author)

“There is something magical about running, after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” – Kristin Armstrong (cyclist, Olympic medalist)

“All I do is keep on running i my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.” – Haruki Murakami (runner, writer)

“We all lose sometimes. We fail to get what we want. Friends and loved ones leave. We make a decision we regret. We try our hardest and come up short. It’s not the losing that defines us. It’s how we lose. It’s what we do afterward.” – Scott Jurek (ultramarathoner)

“A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine (American long distance runner)

“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting the first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.” – Meb Keflezighi (runner, Olympic medalist)

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“When you recognize that failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sort of things.” – Lauren Fleshman (track and field athlete)

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” – Hippocrates (Greek physician, also referred as Father of Medicine)

“I run because if I didn’t I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” – Dean Karnazes (ultra-marathoner, author)

“Someone who is busier than you is running right now.” – Nike (brand)

“You have to do the best with what God gave you.” – Mrs. Gump (Forrest Gump, the movie)

“The process of becoming is better than being. Set big goals and learn to love the work that gets you to them. Even if you fall short you’ll still be winning.” – Des Linden (long-distance runner, Boston Marathon Champion)

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” – Haruki Murakami (runner, writer)

Quote by Confucius


With these motivational running quotes to start your year, I hope you are able select a few and keep it as an inspiration and mantra. 

Remember life will always be full of surprises and we have to keep moving forward.

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  1. Brilliant post, it’s so important not to give up, because those failures just make you stronger and helps you learn so many lessons along the way

  2. Love this one! “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” I really wanted to start running this year and might just stick this on my wall to get started. 🙂

  3. I love the quote on failing not making you a failure! So powerful. Just having the courage to try and try again is so magnificent. You have compiled a great list of motivational quotes for anyone looking to start running or try again.

  4. Excellent and very encouraging post. Thank you for sharing these inspiring quotes. “Put one foot in front of the other…” “There is always a place of beginning…”

    ~Pastor Natalie

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