Running Quotes

“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive.  Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve.  It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.”   ~ Maurice Greene (attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after running the first sub-4 mile)

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”   ~ Steve Prefontaine

“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”   ~ Frank Shorter

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”   ~ Doug Larson

“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”   ~ Nike

“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’”   ~ Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and Sub-2:12 marathoner

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”   ~ George Sheehan

“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”   ~ Emil Zatopek

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”   ~ T. Alan Armstrong

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