81 Ultra Running Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of ultra running quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about long distance running.

The Most Famous Ultra Running Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are. — Joan Benoit

I personally love to run outdoor fitness trails. I love the meditative value I get when out alone, challenging myself to run faster and higher. — Laurieann Gibson

I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes. — Mary Decker Slaney

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it. — Priscilla Welch

The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon. — Fred Lebow

That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life it. — Kara Goucher

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. — Haruki Murakami

Running is real. It’s all joy and woe, hard as diamond. It makes you weary beyond comprehension, but it also makes you free. — Jesse Owens

Now I am not running to please sponsors or to be the No.1 U.S. runner. Now I look at each step I get to take as a gift. I run because I love to run. I want to be able to run until I am 90 years old. — Suzy Favor Hamilton

The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it's to test the limits of the human heart. — Bill Bowerman

Ultra Marathon Quotes

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Just put one foot in front of the other. — Austin Peck

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It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse. — Ann Trason

The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless. — Dean Karnazes

Ultra running quote Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. T
Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

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

The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit — George A. Sheehan

It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. — Theodore Roosevelt

Ultra running quote Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.
Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt

There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner. — Dean Karnazes

I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. — Sasha Azevedo

If it felt good, you didn't push hard enough. It's supposed to hurt like hell. — Dean Karnazes

Long Distance Running Quotes

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Walking long distances is fundamental to being a hunter-gatherer, but people sometimes have to run. One powerful motivation is to sprint to a tree or some other refuge when being chased by a predator. — Daniel Lieberman

They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner. — Chuck Knox

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. — Haruki Murakami

Ultra running quote One life. Just one. Why aren't we running like we are on fire towards our wildes
One life. Just one. Why aren't we running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?

Long distance running is particularly good training in perseverance. — Mao Zedong

In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance. — Mao Zedong

We have these amazing gifts of music and mathematics and painting and Olympic running. I mean, we're the animal that is best of all the animals at long-distance running. Why? It is quite amazing. Superfluous gifts you don't really need to survive. — Freeman Dyson

Ultra running quote God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don't run after them
God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don't run after them.

I get stoned, I can't get home, I'm calling long distance on a public saxophone. My head is achin', my back is breakin', feel I got run over by Captain Coconut and his dog named Rover. — Jimi Hendrix

During long, slow distance training, you should think of yourself as a thoroughbred disguised as a plow horse. No need to give yourself away by running fast. — Marty Liquori

It is always easiest to run with the herd; at times, it can take a deep reservoir of courage and conviction to stand apart from it. Yet distancing yourself from the crowd is an essential component of long-term investment success. — Seth Klarman

Long slow distance makes long slow runners. — Jim Bush

Distance Running Quotes

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Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. — Oprah Winfrey

In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions. — Glenn Cunningham

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time. — Haile Gebrselassie

Ultra running quote Anyone can run away, it's super easy. Facing problems and working through them,
Anyone can run away, it's super easy. Facing problems and working through them, that's what makes you strong.

Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs. — Paula Radcliffe

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep but I have promises to keep... — Robert Frost

I always loved running.... It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. — Jesse Owens

Ultra running quote Running from your problems is just adding another one to the list.
Running from your problems is just adding another one to the list.

I have a saying 'train, don't strain.' The Americans have the saying 'no pain, no gain' and that's why they have no distance running champions. They get down to the track with a stopwatch and flog their guts out thinking that it'll make them a champion, but they'll never make a champion that way. — Arthur Lydiard

Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'. — Paul Tergat

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The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare. — Juma Ikangaa

There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be. — George A. Sheehan

Endurance Sports Quotes

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A vital team characteristic is the ability to overcome adversity. Any team acquires experience and endurance as it learns to fight back. This in turn builds the kind of character which seldom crumbles at a time of crisis or testing. — Tom Landry

Withstanding hardships is a sort of sport. You can’t control how life plays, but you can control your defensive strategy. — Isaac Mashman

The prize never goes to the fastest guy. It goes to the guy who slows down the least. True in endurance sports. And possibly even truer in life. — Rich Roll

Ultra running quote Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.

I had a natural talent for the sport but my fitness level was as an average twelve-year-old. — Martyn Ford

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. — Gautama Buddha

I've always been into endurance sport, which I think is more about your mind pushing your body, which is definitely why that Bear Grylls book sung to me. — Sam Heughan

Ultra running quote Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.

I think what endurance sports teach you is to stay dedicated, stay focused, and also to understand youre going to have ups and downs, but you need to keep running right through them. — Kyrsten Sinema

That's the beauty of this great sport (track), though-it's such a fine line between success or not, which makes the sweet moments that much more worth savoring. — Nick Willis

It's something I deal with to this day, a fear of falling back into that darkness. I see athletes go through a similar thing. ... With athletes, it's never fully understood the level to which we push ourselves. Especially in an endurance sport. — Clara

Your enemy wants to strip you, make sport of you, and merchandise your body, but your heavenly Father wants to clothe you with beauty, strength, dignity and honor that will endure. — Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Marathon Runners Quotes

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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. — John Bingham

I always tell beginning runners: Train your brain first. It's much more important than your heart or legs. — Amby Burfoot

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. — PattiSue Plumer

Ultra running quote Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

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. — Jerome Drayton

Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better. — Juha Vaatainen

The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts. — John Landy

Ultra running quote Running away from your problems is a race you'll never win.
Running away from your problems is a race you'll never win.

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming. — Frank Shorter

Most people who do a lot of exercise, particularly in the form of competitive athletics, have unneurotic, extraverted, optimistic personalities to begin with. (Marathon runners are exceptions to this.) — Robert M. Sapolsky

We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message. — John J. Kelley

Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger. — Eamonn Coghlan

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More Ultra Running Quotes

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Ultra running quote by Arthur C. Clarke

The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them. — Arthur C. Clarke

Ultra running quote by Austin Peck

Just put one foot in front of the other. — Austin Peck

Ultra running quote by Ann Trason

It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse. — Ann Trason

Ultra running quote If you can't fly, then run, If you can't run, then walk, if
If you can't fly, then run, If you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless. — Dean Karnazes

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

The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit — George A. Sheehan

It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running. — Abe Gubegna

There's no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes. — Billy Connolly

There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner. — Dean Karnazes

If you're feeling good, don't worry. You'll get over it. — Yogi Berra

I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. — Sasha Azevedo

I started running ultras to become a better person. — Jenn Shelton

The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life. — George A. Sheehan

I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. — Dean Karnazes

I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles you'd be in this Zen state. You'd be the Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn't work in my case. I'm the same old punk-ass as before, but there's always hope. — Jenn Shelton

Runners like to train 100 miles per week because it's a round number. But I think 88 is a lot rounder. — Don Kardong

How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop till you cross the finish line. — Dean Karnazes

I run because it always takes me where I want to go. — Dean Karnazes

The repentant, run-to-seed ultra-Leftists who have converted to humanitarianism, artificial inseminators of the widow and the orphan, themselves orphans of reality and malades imaginaires of politics, premature ejaculators of posthistory and hyperchondriacs of the dead body of ideology and morality. — Jean Baudrillard

I can understand the idea that there is a conspiracy. In fact, in much of the world there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense. They [CIA] created a monster and now they are appalled by it. — Noam Chomsky

When one runs 45, 50 or even 100km, for me, is not an ultra runner — Yiannis Kouros

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