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40 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Power Through Any Workout

Stuck in a training rut? Can’t recapture the magic of race day? These wise words from iconic figures in running and beyond will have you raring to get back out there.

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With a new year and a new decade upon us, it’s easy to imagine what lies ahead. If you are planning big goals for 2020 with your running or want a stronger, healthier life by becoming a runner for the first time, Runner’s World will be with you the entire way.

As with all fitness endeavors, running brings its ups and downs. There are good days and days where nothing seems to go right and your motivation drops. No matter how determined we are, it’s harder to keep pushing when our workouts flop or we run a dud race.

If you find yourself in a rough patch (like at the start of the new year when those cold winter miles make spring feel so far away), one thing that can keep you steamrolling ahead is repeating a motivational mantra or inspiring quote to yourself when the going gets tough. Here, we’ve gathered 40 inspiring quotes from elite runners, coaches, professional athletes, and more to keep in your back pocket. Keep this page in mind when you really need more motivation to keep running.

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7 of 40
Text, Font, Line,
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8 of 40
George Sheehan
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9 of 40
Eliud Kipchoge
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10 of 40
Michael Phelps
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11 of 40
Aristotle
steve prefontaine
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12 of 40
Steve Prefontaine
haile gebrselassie
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13 of 40
Haile Gebrselassie

AZ Quotes

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emil zátopek
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14 of 40
Emil Zátopek
jackie joyner-kersee
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16 of 40
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
jesse owens
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17 of 40
Jesse Owens
shalane flanagan
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18 of 40
usain bolt
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19 of 40
Usain Bolt
priscilla welch
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20 of 40
Priscilla Welch
deena kastor
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22 of 40
Deena Kastor
mo farah
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24 of 40
Mo Farah
winston churchill
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25 of 40
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