Motivational quotes for runners - Women's Running

Motivational quotes for runners

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  November 18, 2021

Stuck in a running rut? Here are some of the quotes that pick us back up when we're down, including from some of our running heroes

“Health doesn’t always look like a size 2 or 6 or 10 or whatever is currently socially acceptable. It doesn’t always look like the least amount of fat possible on someone’s body. A lot of the time, health looks like anyone at any size continuing to show up for themselves in whatever ways feel best for their bodies.” – Meg Boggs, athlete. Read more from Meg here.

“You have to have time where you’re only thinking about you. If you don’t get a sense of you, you lose your identity. But running allows you to do that.” – Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic champion. Read more from Kelly here.

“Your first marathon is like having sex for the first time: you’ll never forget it. I told that to a group of women once and one of them screamed, ‘Oh my God, I hope it’s not THAT bad!’” – Kathrine Switzer, runner and activist. Read more from Kathrine here.

“There can be ups and downs along the way, but by relishing the challenge you can enjoy the journey whatever the outcome.” – Jo Pavey, runner. Read more from Jo here.

“Being a mother isn’t the end of your sporting journey. In fact, you need that time to yourself more than ever.” – Sophie Power, runner. Read more from Sophie here.

“It’s good to be uncomfortable. Lean into it. One effort at a time. That’s when you will start to grow and surprise yourself.” – Becca Jay, runner. Read more from Becca here.

“You don’t have to be perfectly prepared for everything. At the end of the day, you just need to get on and do it.” – Holly Page, athlete. Read more from Holly here.

“Don’t be too hard on yourself, chastising yourself for stopping, being too slow, wishing you’d gone further. Enjoy the benefits of running rather than making it hard for yourself.” – Kemi Mafe, runner. Read more from Kemi here.

“It’s the kind of fun which can be very miserable at the time but literally the moment you stop it, you love it and want to do it again.” – Jenny Tough, adventurer. Read more from Jenny here.

“I’m an average runner. The moral of this story is: if I can, then anyone can.” – Hadeel Hassan, runner. Read more from Hadeel here.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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