As we approach the middle of January you may be struggling to keep up the New Years Resolution to stick to a new training plan, eat better or start running, so here are 15 motivational quotes to inspire you to stick with it.

‘For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn’t.’

– Dean Karnazes

‘Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree’
– Haruki Murakami (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)

‘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 want you to quit.’
– George Sheehan

‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going’
– Jim Ryun


‘In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.’

– Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

‘Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.’ 
– Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

‘Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.’
– Sarah Condor

There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people

‘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

‘Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.’ 
– Richard O’Brien

‘Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can't imagine living and not running

‘Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.’

– Tom Fleming

‘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.’
– Joan Benoit Samuelson




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