Running Quotes to Inspire

cross country

We are entering the last weeks of cross country season.  We’ve been training since June, running trails, climbing hills, and oh, my those 800 repeats.  It’s the final, and very important, stretch now, and my runners need some inspiration.  We’ve got regions on Thursday, and hopefully state the week after that.

Oh, the intensity at the starting line…

Can you help me?  I’m looking for some good motivational quotes, especially those about running.  Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Running quote - believe

running quote motivation

If you have an inspirational quote to share, please leave it in the comments.  And if you really like one of these, please tell me why.

Thanks for getting inspired with me!






Julia Tomiak

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  1. I wish I could remember all of my cross-country quotes from high school!

    This is one I still have hanging around:
    “All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES.”
    – Nike Ad

    I also have Roosevelt’s, “it is not the critic who counts” on the wall.

    “Hard is what makes it great” is a frequent theme…

    How fun – you know I love this stuff 🙂

    1. These are great. Last year, one of the coaches read the Roosevelt “critic” quote to the kids on the bus on the way to the meet. Thank you for these ideas!

  2. “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”

    You gotta have a Prefontaine quote in there! 😍 Good luck, Maroons!

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