Running Quotes About Life

A quote by Amby Burfoot
Christine Luff

Runners often take lessons they learn in running and apply them to their life, and vice versa. Get inspired with these thought-provoking running quotes:

Dean Karnazes

"Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip."

Jen Rhines

"Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way."

Joan Benoit Samuelson

"As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are."

Meb Keflezighi, U.S. Olympic marathoner

"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best."

Kara Goucher

"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 is."

Marc Bloom

"In short, running can change your outlook on life and make a new person out of you."

Nina Kuscik

"Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do."


"Life is like a marathon. It's full of ups and down that take your breath away."

Amby Burfoot

"Running has taught me, perhaps more than anything else, that there's no reason to fear starting lines...or other new beginnings."

David Bedford

"Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge."

Nancy Anderson

"So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved."

Michael Johnson

"Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best."

Arthur Blank

"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."

Oprah Winfrey

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

Dean Karnazes

"Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived."

George Sheehan

"Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medalist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory."


"The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: do the best with what you've got."

George Sheehan

"The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life."

Chris Lear, in Running with the Buffaloes

"In many ways, a race is analogous to life itself. Once it is over, it cannot be re-created. All that is left are impressions in the heart, and in the mind."

Michael Sargent

"Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time."

Jenny Hadfield

"Life can pull you down, but running always lifts you up."


"A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you have done it, you feel that you can do anything."

Nelson Mandela

"Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did."

Amby Burfoot

"I have learned that there is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving."

Lorraine Moller, Four-Time Olympic Marathoner

"For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. It's that interest and exploration that make running fun for me. It's easy to become outcome-focused; for me the unfoldment of self is what is meaningful in running and outlasts any medals."

Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run

"Running is like celebrating your soul. There's so much it can teach us in life."

Hal Higdon

"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."

Ron Daws, The Self-Made Olympian

"There is more to failing than picking yourself up out of the dust, brushing off the grime and trudging onward. For every defeat, there is a victory inside waiting to be let out if the runner can get past feeling sorry for himself."

Max Popper in The Essential Runner

"When you have the running spirit, you look forward to life. I firmly believe that I wouldn't have lived as long or as happily as I have without running."

Adam Goucher

"One of the first lessons running teaches us about success in athletics and in life is that there is no one else. No one else can do your workouts for you. You alone must do the drills... You cannot hire someone else to do your cross-training when you are battling injury, or pay someone to run a race and get you a new PR. 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."