Motivational Quotes to Get You Through Your Marathon

Remember the wise words of these running legends for an extra boost to power you through the mythical 26.2.

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Just like you, the writers and editors of Runner’s World live and breathe running. Also like most runners, we know there are lulls throughout the year when it can be difficult to wake up early, bust out the door when it’s frigid out or when it’s unbearably hot out, and get those miles logged.

So, if you still need an extra push, we’re big fans of mantras and other motivational quotes. Cheesy as it sometimes sounds, there is research that shows when you repeat a positive mantra or change your mindset with an uplifting quote, you’re able to push a little bit harder (and with less effort). And little tricks like that are completely necessary to help you in the months it takes to properly train for a marathon.

Because sometimes it’s just not enough to rely on music, Runner’s World has put together 30 quotes from a few towering figures in the sport of running that encapsulate what it means to train and race 26.2 miles, and what it takes to finish.

Rob de Castella
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Dick Beardsley
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Noel Carroll
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emil zátopek
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5 of 30
Dean Karnazes
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Jeffrey Horowitz
Zack Kutos
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Haile Gebrselassie
Zack Kutos
11 of 30
Ryan Holmes
Zack Kutos
12 of 30
Frank Shorter
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13 of 30
Hunter S. Thompson
Zack Kutos
14 of 30
Bill Rodgers
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15 of 30
George Sheehan
Zack Kutos
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Martine Costello
Zack Kutos
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Gary Muhrcke
Zack Kutos
21 of 30
Dean Karnazes
Zack Kutos
22 of 30
Susan Sidoriak
Zack Kutos
23 of 30
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Zack Kutos
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Hal Higdon
Zack Kutos
25 of 30
Summer Sanders
Zack Kutos
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Jerome Drayton
Zack Kutos
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George Sheehan
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Haile Gebrselassie
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Kathrine Switzer
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