They say actions speak louder than words. While we nod our heads in the affirmative, sometimes we feel that words are equally as important when your body (action) has already started to give up.
Previously we showcased a collection of inspirational posters for runners. You will have to agree with us that those posters do have a positive impact on our mind and thoughts one way or another.
Today, we would like to inspire and motivate all of you once again, as the adage goes “Getting motivated may be easy, but it’s staying motivated that we often find difficult.” That’s why at RunSociety, we strive to try to keep motivating every one of us and together we can make a difference.
So here is a list of our favorite inspiration quotes that we can apply whether in running or in life. Keep them in mind and post the list on your mirror, fridge, bed or your computer as a constant adrenaline boost.
It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!
– Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
– Edward Stanley
Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run.
– Monte Davis
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
– Lou Holtz
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
No one ever drowned in sweat.
– Author Unknown
I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.
– Bart Yasso
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
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
To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.
– Amby Burfoot
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
– Muhammad Ali
What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.
– John Bingham, running writer and speaker
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
– Les Brown
Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.
– Michael Sargent
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
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
– Willie Shoemaker
You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
– Rosalynn Carter
If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.
– Erica Jong
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
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
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, Canadian marathon runner
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.
– Aaron Douglas Trimble
During the hard training phase never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest; if you are at all sluggish, rest; in fact, if in doubt, rest.
– Bruce Fordyce
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas A. Edison
If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.
– Carl Lewis
You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone.
– Percy Cerutty
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
– Mark Twain
Spirit…has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.– Liane Cardes
Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.– Pat Tyson
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.– George S. Patton
Run hard, be strong, think big.– Percy Cerutty
Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.– Henry Ford
Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do.– Percy Cerutty
The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.– Herb Elliott
The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty
All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.– Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
– Bruce Barton
Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.– Carlos Lopes, Portugal
No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.– Dr. Dale Turner
Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.– Dr. George Sheehan
What is your favorite motivational quote?
Do you have your own personal quotes? Why not share them with fellow runners here?