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Inspirational Running Moments

Good morning and happy Wednesday! My school has a 2 hour delay today due to fog, so I think I’ll use this time to catch up on here. As I was updating the “about” section on this page and writing in my favorite running quote, I started looking through all the quotes I had saved and thought it would be a great idea to put them all in one place. I’ve come across so many quotes that have motivated and inspired me over the past few years, and wanted to gather them all so maybe they could do the same for you.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did 🙂

Running Motivation

“When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time you are actually airborne. For example: a 6-foot-tall runner with feet about 1 foot long was found to take 1,250 steps while running 8-minute miles. Thus, while covering 1 mile—5,280 feet—he was in touch with the ground for 1,250 feet and airborne for 4,030 feet.Put another way, he was in the air for 76% of the time. So don’t think of it as a 10-mile run. Think of it as 7 miles of flying.”

-Paul E. Richardson

“The human spirit is indomitable.  No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.  There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records.”

– Sir Roger Bannister

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong

My college band director said two things on regular basis that really stuck with me. My first year of marching band in college was a bit of a wake up call, despite the ease that most people associate with the ‘sport’ of marching band. It challenged me each day and pushed me past my limits on many occasions. We rehearsed every day and each weekend, outside for lengthy periods of time in quite a bit of extreme weather. This particular year, we marched outside all the way up to Christmas break. I remember marching in the freezing weather, through snow storms, and standing outside in freezing rain.

At the beginning of the marching season, he told us that there were going to be moments when we wanted to quit or just not show up. He told us that the semester is only  12 weeks – and we can do anything for 12 weeks. He told us not to quit; no matter how miserable we may become, we can make it through this. I think of this all the time when running. When there’s a tough mile coming up, I tell myself that I can do anything for 10 minutes. Sometimes it might just be a hard 400 in a speed workout, so I tell myself that I can do anything for 2 minutes. I’ve used this countless times and it always helps me gain perspective!

“Keep your head up.”

-Dr. David  Montgomery

“Run hard when it’s hard to run”

– Pavvo

“If there is no challenge there is no growth.”


“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”

-Katherine Switzer

“Nothing worth having comes easy.”


The Long Run by Matt Long –> this book is so inspirational! It’s about a firefighter who was riding his bike to work one morning in NYC and was hit by a bus making an illegal turn. This book chronicles his journey to miraculously survive many life-threatening injuries, and his long road back to recovery. It shows the ups and the downs; sharing honestly the feelings of hopelessness at the lowest of the low. I love this book and his story of persistence and never giving up.