Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.— Jules Renard
Authentic Marathon Motivational quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no mater how slow.
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
I always tell beginning runners: Train your brain first.
It's much more important than your heart or legs.
Just put one foot in front of the other.
Be not afraid of going slowly, Be afraid of standing still.
I always loved running.... It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power.
Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves.
It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.
Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
I don't train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day.
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.
It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.
Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger.
To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.
Every runner has a specific motivation and inspiration for running a marathon.
This year, all 36,000 of us will 'run together' to demonstrate the spirit of the marathon. We will still have our individual motivations, but we will be unified under the Boston Strong umbrella.
We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves
The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest.
The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit
Marathoning is a metaphor for life, so there are a lot of parallels you can draw. I tell people to follow your dream, follow your heart, follow your passion, run your own race and believe in yourself. I think anybody who wants to succeed has to have passion. My love for this sport, you can't instill it in someone else.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
A little progress each day adds up to bg results.
The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships.
Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble.
If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.
I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
If it hurts, make it hurt more.
How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, 'You're too small Pre', 'You're not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your foolish dream Steve'. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN.
If you stumble, make it part of the dance.
If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want - Why? Because (a) you'll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you'll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.
Hills are speedwork in disguise.
Motivation remains key to the marathon: the motivation to begin;
the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit.
But it's the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the "wall," like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival is in hard workouts that develop mental confidence to the point where you won't submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.
The freedom of cross country is so primitive. It's woman vs. nature.