Running can be a fun, albeit taxing and strenuous activity. It can also be a great way to build character and improve one’s overall health and wellness. However, trying to muster the motivation to get up and run at the start of the day, or to muster up the strength to compete, isn’t a walk in the park. This is especially true for runners who train to compete, it’s difficult.
Such challenges are common for runners, and many runners feel like they can’t become motivated enough to get out of the bed in the mornings. It is the mastery of self motivation that has pushed great runners forward, but most runners need a little outside help to get keep running with enthusiasm.
Here are top ten inspirational quotes to get you up and running whenever you feel like your motivation, your spirits, or just your stamina, is flagging down.
ONE – “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Haruki Murakami,
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
TWO – “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
THREE– “I don't get it,' Caroline said, bemused.’She's the only one with wings. Why is that?' There were so many questions in life. You couldn't ever have all the answers. But I knew this one. It's so she can fly,' I said. Then I started to run.’” - Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
FOUR – “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” - Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
FIVE – “If you want something you’ve never had, go where you’ve never been, or achieve a goal, you must do whatever needs doing. And, if you don’t know what to do, or how to do it, then learn and do that. There is no other way; procrastination is a failure’s best friend.” – Sifu John Prisco
SIX – “The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” - Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
SEVEN– “We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.” - Bill Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes
EIGHT – “People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.” - Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
NINE – "If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
TEN – "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."- Dean Karnazes
With these 10 inspirational quotes to get you up and running, you’re sure to get where you’re going. Start running today!