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67 Quotes on Running a Marathon (MOTIVATION)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes on Running a Marathon

“It’s never going to be a smooth sailing ship, there’s going to be ups and downs and I think one of the most important things to understand is not to ride the highs too high and ride the lows too low – it is a marathon and if you can just try to steady the ship as you go.”

Patty Mills
Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint. - Angela Duckworth
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. – Angela Duckworth
I would honestly say I'm in the turtle's race. My journey is a marathon. - Omari Hardwick
I would honestly say I’m in the turtle’s race. My journey is a marathon. – Omari Hardwick

“Where the marathon starts is after 30 kilometers. That’s where you feel pain everywhere in your body. The muscles are really aching, and only the most prepared and well-organized athlete is going to do well after that.”

Eliud Kipchoge
If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. - Emil Zatopek
If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. – Emil Zatopek
Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me. - Dick Beardsley
Every marathon I ran, I knew I had a faster one in me. – Dick Beardsley

“The marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.”

Dean Karnazes
Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon. - George Sheehan
Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon. – George Sheehan
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time. - Haile Gebrselassie
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time. – Haile Gebrselassie
You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week, or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime. - Mark Allen
You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week, or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime. – Mark Allen

15 Encouraging Quotes About Marathon That Will Inspire You To Run

“When you run a part of the relay and pass on the baton, there is no sense of unfinished business in your mind. There is just the sense of having done your part to the best of your ability. That is it. The hope is to pass on the baton to somebody who will run faster and run a better marathon.”

N. R. Narayana Murthy
Running a marathon was important to me, so I found time to train for it. Writing books is also important to me, so you know what I carve out the time. - Rachel Hollis
Running a marathon was important to me, so I found time to train for it. Writing books is also important to me, so you know what? I carve out the time. – Rachel Hollis
At the end of a marathon, it's going to hurt whether you're speeding up or slowing down. You may as well push. - Summer Sanders
At the end of a marathon, it’s going to hurt whether you’re speeding up or slowing down. You may as well push. – Summer Sanders

“The most important thing is to understand that this career is not about speed. It’s about stamina. This is a marathon. It’s not a 50-meter sprint. You have to persevere and understand it takes a lot of time. You have to know you’re going to knock on 100 doors and 99 of them are going to close in your face.”

Jaime Camil
Learn to run when feeling the pain then push harder. - William Sigei
Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder. – William Sigei
Everything you wanted to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles. - Lori Culnane
Everything you wanted to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles. – Lori Culnane

“Running a marathon is appealing to runners for many reasons. It’s epic! A real test for your mind and body and a challenge that truly fills you with complete elation when you cross the finish line. But it is in no way a trivial undertaking.”

A. J. Odudu
There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold or say to yourself, 'I can do this'. - Gatorade Ad
There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold or say to yourself, ‘I can do this’. – Gatorade Ad
All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other. - Kathrine Switzer
All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other. – Kathrine Switzer

“As a scientist, I play in the top league – the Olympics, the World Championships – and I want to be in the lead. As a runner, I set personal goals, and I want to push beyond my own personal limits. I was very happy when I practiced for several months and then reached my goal to run a marathon in 2:50.”

Wolfgang Ketterle
If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. - Kathrine Switzer
If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. – Kathrine Switzer

“Running a marathon is a stressful event for your body, mind and spirit. But when you put yourself through that willingly, consciously and in a learning atmosphere, you begin to understand how to deal with any stressful situation in a way that does not drain you.”

Milind Soman

“Anybody who is running a marathon or doing a walkathon, doing a fundraiser for their school, their company, by far it’s guaranteed the easiest and most fun way to quickly set up a fundraising campaign and send it around to your friends and family.”

Edward Norton

“You should run your first marathon for the right reasons because you’ll never be the same person again. You must want to do it, not do it because your boss did it or your spouse did it.”

Bill Wenmark

“Only after a marathon can I say I have given everything. Because of the enormity of the attempt, the cleansing of the pain, I can sit, even stiff and blistered, and know a kind of peace.”

Kenny Moore

5 Quotes on Running a Marathon for Training

“To run a big marathon and win takes five months. When I’m on the starting line, my mind starts reviewing what I have been doing the last five months. I believe in my training, and I treat myself as the best one standing on that line.”

Eliud Kipchoge
It is difficult to train for a marathon, but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon. - Aaron Douglas Trimble
It is difficult to train for a marathon, but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon. – Aaron Douglas Trimble

“I enjoy the simplistic training and life in marathon. You run, eat, sleep, walk around – that’s how life is. You don’t get complicated. The moment you get complicated it distracts your mind.”

Eliud Kipchoge
The marathon is not really about the marathon, it's about the shared struggle. And it's not only the marathon but the training. - Bill Buffum
The marathon is not really about the marathon, it’s about the shared struggle. And it’s not only the marathon but the training. – Bill Buffum

“The key to running a good marathon is to not listen to anyone’s advice the last week before the race. That’s when people tend to do stupid things that disrupt all the input and training of the previous months.”

Don Kardong

12 Inspiring Marathon Quotes About Life

“I’ve said to people before that I’m going to do my very best to make it, and I’m not going to give up. And that’s true. But I might not make it. And if I don’t make it, the Marathon of Hope better continue.”

Terry Fox
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It's about taking a bigger-picture approach. - Ivanka Trump
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about taking a bigger-picture approach. – Ivanka Trump
Life is a marathon and you have to pace yourself. I believe that slow and steady wins the race, so in that way, I've been training for a marathon my whole life. - Carole Radziwill
Life is a marathon and you have to pace yourself. I believe that slow and steady wins the race, so in that way, I’ve been training for a marathon my whole life. – Carole Radziwill

“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.”

Michael Johnson
Life is a long marathon, and you have to be consistent. Anyone can sprint for 1500 meters, but you have pace yourself through your entire life. - Fabio Lanzoni
Life is a long marathon, and you have to be consistent. Anyone can sprint for 1500 meters, but you have pace yourself through your entire life. – Fabio Lanzoni
Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up. - Amby Burfoot
Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up. – Amby Burfoot

“This is a marathon in life. You can’t be sprinting all the time or else you wear yourself out. You have to make sure you’re taking care of yourself, keeping yourself grounded and not letting every little thing get you worked up.”

Brian Moynihan
The marathon never ceases to be a race of joy, a race of wonder. - Hal Higdon
The marathon never ceases to be a race of joy, a race of wonder. – Hal Higdon
To finish will leave you feeling like a champion and positively change your life. - Jeff Galloway
To finish will leave you feeling like a champion and positively change your life. – Jeff Galloway

“Some of the life lessons that my mom has taught me is that the road is not for the fastest or the swiftest, but it’s for those who enjoy it to the end. Just telling you that life is not pure grace. It’s like a marathon.”

Buddy Hield
Motivation remains key to the marathon the motivation to begin; the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit. - Hal Higdon
Motivation remains key to the marathon: the motivation to begin; the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit. – Hal Higdon

“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.”

Meb Keflezighi

4 Marathon Quotes on Business and Career

“When I hear people debate the ROI of social media? It makes me remember why so many business fail. Most businesses are not playing the marathon. They’re playing the sprint. They’re not worried about lifetime value and retention. They’re worried about short-term goals.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

“Life, especially the life of an early-stage entrepreneur, is full of gigantic ups and downs. Make sure you don’t let yourself get too high or too low. It’s a marathon, and you just have to keep your legs moving at a steady pace.”

Chieh Huang

“In the marathon obstacle course of a career, it’s just good to have all the stats on paper for why you’re not only a team player but also why it makes sense to support you in the projects you want to do – because you’ve made so much damned money for the studio.”

Robert Downey, Jr.

“When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling. For me, my work is at all times building a nation out of thin air. It is manning the troops. It is painting a canvas. It is hitting every high note. It is running a marathon. It is being Beyoncé. And it is all of those things at the same time.”

Shonda Rhimes

2 Marathon Quotes on Math

To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. - Neil Peart
To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. – Neil Peart
Math research is more like a marathon. - Terence Tao
Math research is more like a marathon. – Terence Tao

4 Boston Marathon Quotes

“We didn’t crumble after 9/11. We didn’t falter after the Boston Marathon. But we’re America. Americans will never, ever stand down. We endure. We overcome. We own the finish line.”

Joe Biden

“I’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people’s support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.”

Haruki Murakami

“Nobody loves the Boston Marathon as much as the people who make fun of it year after year. This was the race that previously offered as a prize a not particularly expensive medal, a laurel wreath, and a bowl of beef stew. This was the race that, on one memorable occasion, nobody knew who actually won.”

Charlie Pierce

“Two days after the Boston marathon bombings, there was a drone strike in Yemen attacking a peaceful village, which killed a target who could very easily have been apprehended. But, of course, it is just easier to terrorize people. The drones are a terrorist weapon; they not only kill targets but also terrorize other people.”

Noam Chomsky

15 Wise Quotes on Running a Marathon That Will Make You Think

“There is nothing in this world that I love more than my family. To be able to share the joy of running with them at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival where we can all participate together is as close as you can get to a perfect weekend.”

Summer Sanders
The marathon can humble you. - Bill Rodgers
The marathon can humble you. – Bill Rodgers
I don't smoke, don't drink much, and go to the gym five times a week. I live a healthy lifestyle and feel great. I can run a marathon, you know. - Sarah Michelle Gellar
I don’t smoke, don’t drink much, and go to the gym five times a week. I live a healthy lifestyle and feel great. I can run a marathon, you know. – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners. That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world’s best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Marathon running, for me, was the most controlled test of mettle that I could ever think of. It's you against Darwin. - Ryan Reynolds
Marathon running, for me, was the most controlled test of mettle that I could ever think of. It’s you against Darwin. – Ryan Reynolds
Aiming for the marathon is a task of sorts which can include terrific highs and lows. - Bill Rodgers
Aiming for the marathon is a task of sorts which can include terrific highs and lows. – Bill Rodgers

“In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.”

Julian Castro
You can run a sprint or your can run a marathon, but you can't sprint a marathon. - Ryan Holmes
You can run a sprint or your can run a marathon, but you can’t sprint a marathon. – Ryan Holmes
I ran my fastest marathon in the rain. - Bill Rodgers
I ran my fastest marathon in the rain. – Bill Rodgers
In a marathon, if you run too fast, you get exhausted. If you run too slow, you never make it. - Uday Kota
In a marathon, if you run too fast, you get exhausted. If you run too slow, you never make it. – Uday Kota
Judging a child taking his first steps for not being able to run a marathon is shortsighted. - Tyler Winklevoss
Judging a child taking his first steps for not being able to run a marathon is shortsighted. – Tyler Winklevoss
I always assumed that the reason I've never run a marathon is because I haven't bought a pair of shorts and arrived at the start line. - Sue Perkinsk
I always assumed that the reason I’ve never run a marathon is because I haven’t bought a pair of shorts and arrived at the start line. – Sue Perkinsk
In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp! - Scott Douglas
In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp! – Scott Douglas
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming. - Frank Shorter
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming. – Frank Shorter
I would love for everybody in this country to run one marathon a year. - Gary Muhrcke
I would love for everybody in this country to run one marathon a year. – Gary Muhrcke

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