Run, Forrest, Run! And 19 Other Inspirational Running Quotes

Words of wisdom to put some pep in your step

Last updated on February 8th, 2023

Let’s be honest, folks. Some days we just don’t wanna get up and put on those running shoes. It happens to all of us. The bed feels too cozy, dinner is beckoning, or work was stressful and you just wanna lay on the couch and catch up on “The Bachelorette.” Here are a few running quotes aimed at inspiring you to get off the couch and on the road. Maybe one of them is just the thing you need to hear.

There will come a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day.”


We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”

–Runner Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medalist

Run, Forrest, run!”

–Jenny, “Forrest Gump”

Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.”


Our running shoes have magic in them–the power to transform a bad day into a good day, frustration into speed, self-doubt into confidence, chocolate cake into muscle.”

–Mina Samuels, author, “Run Like A Girl”

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

–Oprah Winfrey

Someone’s chasing you.”


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

–1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.”


Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking out the door.”

–Kris Kringle, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

I think I get addicted to the feelings associated with the end of a long run. I love feeling empty, clean, worn out, and sweat-purged. I love that good ache of the muscles that have done me proud.”

–Kristin Armstrong, author, “Mile Markers”

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

–George Sheehan, M.D., author, “Going the Distance”

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

–2 Timothy 4:7

Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.”

–Jumbo Elliot, former Villanova University track and field coach

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.”

–Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

–Dean Karnazes, ultramarathon runner and author of “Ultramarathon Man”

If you want to change your body, exercise. If you want to change your life, become a runner.”


Things that hurt, instruct.”

–Benjamin Franklin

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

–Hebrews 12:1

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

–Art Williams, author

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