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Running has always been a constant battle for me. In the beginning, I was a naturally athletic kid with no problems keeping up with the other kids my age. But as I got older, my running slowly began to deteriorate. Chickens that run, I used to think. They just fly, right? I started running just so I could finish the race without stopping. I felt like I was never able to keep up and the longer I ran, the harder it became. These days, I’m still not a natural runner. I’ll have long, unbroken stretches of running where I just can’t seem to break myself out of a rut. Every time I get frustrated with my running, I remember the wise words of these runners who are able to keep running, even when others tell them to stop. And their words of encouragement gave me the strength to keep going. Here are 5 clever running quotes that inspire me every time I get disheartened.
You are not alone. Millions of people run for health, fitness, and weight loss every day. There are so many people out there who can help you stay motivated and on track with your running goals. Find a group of people who run together or a running coach who inspires you. There are so many people out there who want to help you succeed.
Running is a great way to stay fit, but it is not advised for people with certain health conditions. If you are considering running, talk to your doctor first. You may want to consider other exercise options if you suffer from certain conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
“Don’t let the naysayers get you down.”
Don’t let the naysayers get you down. I was once told by a coach that “good runners don’t run in sand because they can’t get traction.” So, I tried to stop running altogether and just rode my bike instead. I wrote this quote down on a piece of paper and taped it to my mirror so I could see it every morning before I went running. It helped me push through the days when I felt like giving up.
My passion for running didn’t go away, but I needed a break from the monotony of the routine. I needed a change in scenery, so I started trying out different types of shoes. I tried racing flats, minimalist shoes, and trail shoes, but nothing felt right.
As I experimented with different styles of running shoes, I realized that my love for running couldn’t be quelled by a piece of paper. I needed a change, and it came in the form of a recommendation from a friend. She told me to try out a pair of ASICS.
“There is no such thing as easy.”
This quote, from one of my favorite running motivators, Bernard Lagat, encourages me to push forward. Whenever I start feeling myself give up- “I can’t do this” or “I should just stop now”- I remember that running is never going to be easy. There will never be a day where it doesn’t feel like you have a weight on your shoulders and every step you take feels like it’s pushing you down deeper into the ground. But here I am: still trying.
Remembering that we’re all in this together, lifting each other up. We’re all trying to find that finish line and we’re all going to face obstacles along the way. That’s what makes it so special.
“Throw away the pace clock.”
One thing I’ve learned over the course of my running career is that there is no such thing as a “normal” pace. Some days, you’re just not feeling it and you have to slow down. Other days, you feel like your legs are on fire and you need to speed up. On these days, it can be easy to rely on the pace clock as a guideline for what your pace should be. This quote by author Haruki Murakami sums up how I feel about the pace clock. In his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Murakami states: “Throw away the pace clock. Forget about how fast or slow you’re going.
Just run… We all have those days when we feel like we can fly; we all also have those days when we feel heavy and sluggish as hell, unable to move one step forward without expending enormous amounts of effort… There are times when it’s better to gauge your speed by effort than by time.” You can never predict how long a race will take so why waste energy worrying about something that’s not in your control?
“You may not always feel like you’re pushing yourself. But pushing yourself is what makes you stronger.”
“You may not always feel like you’re pushing yourself. But pushing yourself is what makes you stronger.” One of the most common reasons people give up on running is because they don’t feel like they are making any progress or getting anywhere. When this happens, it can be easy to get discouraged and just stop running altogether. As runners we need to remember that it takes time to see the results we want and our body needs time to adjust to new routines. If you push through hard times, they will help make you stronger in the long run.
It is important to stay motivated and focused on your goals. There are many ways to do this. Some people use exercise as a way to relax and decompress from a hectic day. Others use exercise as a way to connect with others. You can try setting milestones for yourself, like running for a certain amount of time each week, or running a certain distance per week. Setting milestones will keep you motivated and help you track your progress.
“Don’t let your small mistakes become big ones.”
“Don’t let your small mistakes become big ones.” This quote is from one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride. It’s often used as a perfect reminder for runners about the importance of staying on track and not letting small mistakes turn into bigger ones. Of course, this quote doesn’t just apply to running! We need to stay focused on what we want and avoid procrastinating. We can’t get too down on ourselves if we make a mistake like forgetting our water bottle or forgetting to stretch before the run. These are small things that won’t matter in the long-term, but they could make a difference in our state of mind when running.
In order to run consistently and to become the best version of ourselves, we need to stay focused on our goals. If you want to run a half marathon, then focus on that goal. If you want to lose weight, then focus on that goal. The best way to stay focused on your goals is through self-talk.
“Just because you have bad days doesn’t mean your journey has to end.”
This is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me that I shouldn’t give up, even when things seem hopeless. In the beginning, my journey seemed like it would never end. Now, I’ve set my sights on finishing a marathon and crossing the finish line in under 4 hours.
It’s going to be tough, but I know I can do it. If I can push through the pain and keep my eyes on the finish line, I know I can succeed. It’s important to stay motivated and keep your eyes on your goals. Even when things seem hopeless, don’t give up. You can make it through if you keep fighting.
“You will get through this and you will be a better runner for it.”
I’ve never been very good at running, but I’ve always loved it. And this quote from Danny Dreyer reminds me just how much I love the sport of running. It can be a trying experience for some runners, but according to Dreyer, the feeling you get at the end is worth pushing through all of those obstacles. This quote gives me hope that even if life throws me a curveball, I will come out on top and become a better runner because of it.
And even if you are not a runner, you can still benefit from this quote. In life, we will all face obstacles and struggle at some point. The key to becoming a stronger person and not letting these struggles defeat you is to approach each one with a positive attitude and an open mind.