51 Running Quotes For Your Cute Instagram Photo

by Michael Brown on June 13, 2019

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Does running run your life?

Have you recently experienced the revelation of the runner’s high and are now desperate to drag your friends to the fun?

Need a sweet picture to hang on your mirror to remind yourself why you’re waking yourself up at 5 in the morning?

We’ve got some great running quotes to keep your Instagram feed full of fast-paced inspiration.

Why The Motivational Mantras?

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Running is hard, and running is exhausting – but it’s also rewarding, and that’s why we keep running.

It’s a lot easier to hype yourself up for a run than it is to actually get out there and keep your feet moving and your lungs breathing.

It doesn’t hurt to have a few words or a sentence or two to keep in mind when you’re at the hard point in your run where you feel like you’re dying.

Anyone can start running – it’s an accessible and beginner-friendly sport and exercise activity. You can take it as far and as fast as your legs can take you.

Plenty of people who run offer great words of encouragement or thoughtful truths about the activity, often relating to life as a whole.

These running quotes can offer wisdom to runners and non-runners alike.

51 Killer Quotes To Feed Your Runner's High

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Some running quotes give advice on the act itself while some offer lessons about not giving up. Some of the best running quotes are personal introspections on the connections running has with other aspects of our lives.

Not much of a runner? Teetering on the edge of a decision to seek out that marathon rush? Maybe you’ll find some words here that’ll shift your perspective on running and get you started on your cardiovascular journey.

Quotes To Get You Up And Running

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These running quotes are great for a morning (afternoon, or evening) boost to get your legs moving. Put your head in the right space with little reminders of your personal health and running goals or the general benefit of getting up and running.

1. “I always loved running… it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” -Jesse Owens

2. “Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.” -Joyce Carol Oates

3. “You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done.” -Adam Goucher

4. “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” -Ronald Rook

5. “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

6. “It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.” -John Bingham

7. "Run in places you love with people you like. Enjoying your surroundings and training partners will strengthen your commitment to running and bring out the best in you." -Deena Kastor

8. “Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day’s canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations.” -Dagny Scott Barrio

9. "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

10. “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” -Christopher McDougall

11. “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

12. "I'm not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it." -Art Williams

13. “Try jogging when following your heart, it’s healthier.” -Benny Bellamacina

14. “Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” -Julie Isphording

15. “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.” -Priscialla Welch

Just Keep Running, Just Keep Running

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Finding Nemo’s Dory is iconic in telling us to “just keep swimming,” an easily adaptable mantra for us as two-legged land-runners.

This next cluster of running quotes are heralds of resilience, persistence, and pushing through the hard times. They have loads of wisdom on the merits of never giving up – when the going gets tough, the tough get running.

16. "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes

17. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

18. “What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.” -James Dyson

19. “Just because your muscles start to protest doesn’t mean you have to listen.” -from the "Runner's High" Day-to-Day Calendar

20. “The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.” -Haruki Murakami

21. “Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.” -Tim Noakes

22. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” -William Arthur Ward

23. “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” -Gatorade

24. “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest.  I run to see who has the most guts.”  -Steve Prefontaine

25. "Don't fear moving slowly forward...fear standing still." -Kathleen Harris

26. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.” -Haruki Murakami

27. “I think I get addicted to the feelings associated with the end of a long run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, and sweat-purged. I love that good ache of the muscles that have done me proud.” -Kristin Armstrong

28. “Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.” -Patti Sue Plumer

29. “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.” -Kara Goucher

30. “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.” -Lynn Jennings

31. “Yes, I am round. Yes, I am slow. Yes, I run as though my legs are tied together at the knees. But I am running. And that is all that matters.” -John Bingham

32. "When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore." -Florence Griffith Joyner

Running Quotes For Your Peace Of Mind

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Running relieves stress and tension, and it actually makes you happier.

Ever heard of a runner’s high? That blissful period that you desperately hope will shine down upon you during a workout right when you need it most is real, and you have endorphins and endocannabinoids to thank for it.

When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins – aka chemicals that make us feel good by lessening pain. Endorphins work in our muscles to reduce the physical discomfort created by running or exercising in general.

Even more than endorphins, endocannabinoids have increasingly been spotlighted as the cause of the runner’s high. Endocannabinoids induce a sense of calm within us. They’re triggered more by stress rather than pain

Long workouts at moderate intensity are ideal to achieve the sweet spot of exercise – a nice 2 hour run at a jogging pace would do just the trick. We’re all different though, so listen to your body. You want to be challenged, not broken.

There are benefits to keeping up your running routine too – regular exercise gives long-term benefits. Some of these benefits are mental: better moods, higher self-esteem, less depression and anxiety, and of course, others are physical: lower cholesterol, reduced body fat, and improved circulation.

Many turn to running for its ability to spirit them away to another plane of their personal existence – in the same way that some people read books to venture off into different worlds, others will run.

Running can bring a certain clarity of mind – when you’re left with your thoughts on a nature trail, a treadmill, or a track, you have time for personal reflection.

Plenty of these running quotes talk about how running allows them some transcendence of spirit. Their running takes them to a new level in their mindset, a kind of happiness and balance in feeling alive. They love that they get into a certain flow, a meditative state, or achieve the mystical runner’s high.

33. “Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant, that leaves you in a great mood.” -Auliq Ice

34. “Runners don’t do drugs, they make their own … naturally.” -E. Neil Culbertson

35. “The pain of running relieves the pain of living.” -Jacqueline Simon Gunn

36. “My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.” -John Bryant

37. “We are designed to run and we increase our chance of daily happiness when we do so.” -Jeff Galloway

38. "There’s not a better feeling than when you have found that moment of balance and harmony when both running and life come together. Then you know why you run and that you couldn’t live without it." -Joan Benoit Samuelson

39. “Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.” -Lorraine Moller

40. “Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.” -Gail W. Kislevitz

41. “Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.” -Dean Karnazes

42. "Those long runs cleanse my system, physically and mentally." -Joan Benoit Samuelson

43. “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” -Christopher McDougall

44. “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” -Kristin Armstrong

45. “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.” -Charles M. Schulz

46. “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” -George Sheehan

47. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” -Hippocrates

48. “I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” -Arthur Blank

49. “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days.” -Rob Haneisen

50. “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” -Dean Karnazes

51. “If you want to run, then run a mile.  If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.” -Emil Zatopek

Pics Or It Didn't Happen

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No matter your reason for running, be it for health, companionship, enjoyment, personal challenge, or meditation in constant movement, you can find quotes from runners-past to keep your spirits up.

Show the world the aesthetics of what running means to you.

Don’t worry about whether or not you look like a sweaty mess – you got out there and you ran, and that’s what matters.

On the hunt for more quotes? Check out these other quote lists.

Now go on and share your experience and words of inspiration with your friends and followers!

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