Mental Toughness Quotes for Runners

Mental toughness quotes for runners to help you stay positive, believe in yourself  to achieve your fitness goals.

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Quotes for Motivation to Start Running

Motivational Quotes for Hard Training in Running



Quotes for Pushing Yourself During a Race

Get your future in front of you and focus. No one can touch it, turn the impossible to possible with it…..

When it comes to the future, there are 3 kinds of people: Those who let it happen, those who make it happen, & those who wonder what happened…..

Make your wins all the sweeter. Prove your critics wrong ~Alberto Salazar

Fear is not a word in my Running Dictionary….

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up ~Dean Karnazes

Weariness comes when we’re fatigued towards the end of a race, but you’ve come too far to stop now, pain is temporary, victory is forever.

Even a toad has four ounces of strength ~Chinese Proverb

Let fear be the greatest stimulator of your running career ~Herb Elliott

I have met my hero, and he is me ~George Sheehan

Love testing yourself more than fearing loosing ~Ron Clarke

The human body can do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over…

The medal is not for yourself. It couldn’t be done without the support and help of my people, runners, and coaches ~Alberto Juantorena

Always expect to do well and run like you have something to prove…

Quotes on Dealing with Disappoints in Running

I’ve won some big races and I’ve had some big disappointments ~Alberto Salazar

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win ~Carl Lewis

Winning breeds winning. Loosing breeds loosing, and when you’re loosing you don’t think of anything else ~Angelina Wolvert

Everyone stumbles at one time or another. It’s the human condition ~ Amby Burfoot

Mental toughness can take you to the top, and mental weakness straight to the bottom ~John Schiefer

How do you describe the worst run you ever had? Precious! ~Hal Higdon

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

Quotes on the Greatness of Running

Running is not just exercise; it’s a lifestyle ~John Bingham

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it’s the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity ~John F. Kennedy

Running can change your entire outlook on life and make a new person out of you ~Marc Bloom

Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring ~Jimmy Carter

Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us find out what we are made of ~Patti Sue Pulmer

The feeling you should have when you cross that finish line is that no matter what place you got, you’re always a winner.

I always run alone, away from phones and stress. Running is a major part of my life because it keeps me sane ~Michael Roux Jr

You were meant to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficient as others. But always say this to yourself: I run for me!

Running will make you stronger, more disciplined & clear headed all of which will improve your professional output & expand your self-faith ~Sarah Slean

They say you can’t run away from your troubles. I say that you can ~John Bingham

A runner is real when they take their first step ~Clarissa Pinkola

I’m not saying running could solve all of the world’s problems, but I think it would be a good start ~John Bingham

Once upon a time, about 20 years ago, runners believed they didn’t have to do anything but run  ~Amby Burfoot

Running removes us briefly from the fragmentation and depersonalization of the digital world ~Amby Burfoot

Running is a great investment. Your principal is low. Your rate of return is enormous, and it keeps growing every year. And there are no hidden charges, unless you count an occasional blister ~ Running For Dummies

I run, therefore I am. And given the years improved fitness adds to our lives, if I did not run, maybe I would no longer be ~Hal Higdon

Nonrunners cannot see how they can afford the time to run everyday. But runners cannot imagine getting through a single day without it  ~Kevin Nelson

Quotes on the Naturalness of Running

Don’t judge your running by your speed ~Amby Burfoot

Running is our heritage; our evolutionary gift, dating back to our days as hunters and gatherers ~Stu Mittleman

Running is the most elementary sport there is. We are genetically programmed to do it. One might even say we are the free-ranging, curious, restless creatures that we are because of running ~ John Jerome

You don’t need any skill to run…….Every 3-year old knows how to run ~Amby Burfoot

Leave your watch on the kitchen table and go – freely, like a child ~Claire Kowalchik

Run too far and the body doesn’t want to stop ~Richard Matheson

Endurance? You’ve only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: Humans were meant to run ~Percy Cherutty

Play is where life lives ~George Sheehan

Everyday, I stop halfway through my run for 5 minutes, look around and enjoy the surroundings. I’m reminded of why I do this and why I love it so much ~ Anita Ortiz

You were born to run, so you should love to run. And, the faster you go, the easier it becomes ~Mary Slaney







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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches

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