Running Quotes For When You Really Should Have Trained Harder

My training has been terrible for the Baltimore Half Marathon coming up this Saturday. Let’s just leave it at that, ok? No one – including myself – has time for a pity party.

I’m still going to run it, and instead treat it like a long run instead of race it. However, even having made that decision, I still need to amp up my mental game. I’m my own worst enemy on most days, and on race day, I’m the baddest b*tch there is.

To combat this, I’ve corralled a group of running quotes – the majority of which either come from my running coach and his weekly emails and/or the good folks at Runner’s World who email me a daily run quote. These  are the quotes I have bookmarked so that I remember why it is I run, and I thought I might as well put them in the same post so I can clean out my inbox. (That was entirely too much detail for you, but there you have it.)

I’m no philosopher – clearly –  but I’m pretty sure your non-runners out there could sub in whatever your hobby/sport/sweat-session preference is and you’d still get worth from it. My hope is that they’ll help you the way they help me.


“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

“The race belongs not only to the swift and strong but to those who keep on running.”
-Zoe Koplowitz

“I have more energy, I sleep better, and I have no health problems or concerns since I’ve started running. But my favorite part is the sense of accomplishment and being able to get others into running.”
-Mike Kramer

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
-George Lorimer

“We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.”
-Alberto Salazar

See ya at the finish line, suckas!

(PS – Read about my experience last year, and let’s hope that my experience tomorrow is even half as good!)


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