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15 of the Most Inspiring Running Quotes

I am so Thankful to be able to run! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, a casual jogger, or someone just lacing up their shoes for the first time, there’s something undeniably transformative about hitting the pavement or the trail. With that being said, there are many times where I lack the motivation to just get up and go! Here are 15 of the most inspiring running quotes to help keep you motivated!

In this post, we’ve curated a collection of 15 inspiring running quotes that encapsulate the essence of why we run, the challenges we overcome, and the triumphs we experience along the way. From world-renowned figures to everyday enthusiasts, these quotes serve as reminders of the resilience, determination, and joy that running can instill in us.

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  • “Everything you ever wanted to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles”
  • “The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt, you train so you can tolerate it”
  • “There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have”

In essence, running quotes serve as catalysts for inspiration, motivation, and reflection, empowering us to push past our limits, embrace our potential, and find joy in the journey, one step at a time.

  • “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul”
  • “The person who starts a race is not the same person who finishes”
  • “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”
  • “While I was running today I heard someone clapping, it was just my thighs cheering me on”.
  • “Wake up and go to work on yourself, before you go to work for anyone else”.
  • “One day I won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day.”
  • “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run”. – John Bingham.
  • “Run the mile you are in”

Running quotes offer a source of motivation during challenging times. When the miles seem endless and the finish line feels out of reach, a well-chosen quote can reignite our determination and push us forward.

  • “Years ago, women sat in kitchens drinking coffee and discussing life. Today they cover the same topics while they run”.
  • “Running is a grownup’s lost link to playing outside”

So, whether you’re seeking motivation to tackle your next race, looking for a push to start your running journey, or simply in need of a dose of inspiration, we invite you to join us as we explore the profound impact of running through the wisdom and words of others. Lace up your shoes, hit the pavement, and let’s dive into these uplifting running quotes that remind us why we love to run.

BONUS: “Do not regret getting older, it’s a privilege denied to many”.

These 16 inspiring running quotes keep me motivated, and I hope they motivate you as well!

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Run to the Stars: Boston bound, NASA unbound

Hey fellow running enthusiasts! Lace up those running shoes and get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure in Huntsville, Alabama. This charming city is not only a haven for avid runners who are Boston bound, but also home to the iconic NASA Space and Rocket Center. This makes it the perfect destination for a weekend full of fitness and cosmic exploration.

Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Date: September 11, 2022

Distance: 13.1 miles

Lace up for the “Boston or Bust” Half Marathon

The Boston or Bust Half Marathon is not just your typical race; it’s a celebration of determination and the pursuit of personal goals. The fast and flat route winds through the picturesque trees of Huntsville. But beware, the humidity was pretty intense and took time to adjust to. Another race that guides you through the overarching trees that I highly recommend is the famous Idaho potato half marathon. This run offers runners a unique blend of southern charm and urban beauty. The camaraderie among participants with the small intimate race created an uplifting atmosphere that fueled my every step.

As I approached the finish line with the iconic Boston Marathon qualifying goal in mind, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment. Although I am nowhere near a Boston qualifying time, I still completed race through the tough humidity and continue on the Boston bound journey. The support from both volunteers and fellow runners made the experience unforgettable.

NASA Space and Rocket Center

Exploring the NASA Space and Rocket Center: No visit to Northern Alabama is complete without a trip to the NASA Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Just a short drive from the marathon venue, this iconic space exploration facility offers an immersive experience for visitors of all ages. From awe-inspiring rocket displays to interactive exhibits detailing the history of space exploration, the center provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of astronauts and the marvels of outer space.

Travis in his Astronaut suit

Highlights at the Space and Rocket Center:

  1. Space Shuttle Pathfinder: Get up close and personal with the Space Shuttle Pathfinder, a full-scale model used for astronaut training.
  2. Saturn V Rocket: Marvel at the Saturn V Rocket. The iconic vehicle that carried astronauts to the moon during the Apollo missions.
  3. Interactive Exhibits: Engage with hands-on exhibits, simulators, and educational displays that make learning about space exploration a fun and enriching experience.

Soak in the local experience

Huntsville isn’t just about running and space exploration; it also boasts a vibrant local scene. After the race and museum visit, unwind at one of Huntsville’s charming local eateries or craft breweries. The city has a burgeoning food and beverage scene, offering a variety of culinary delights that cater to all tastes.

Huntsville, Alabama, provides a unique blend of physical activity, intellectual stimulation, and local charm. Whether you’re conquering the Boston or Bust Half Marathon, exploring the NASA Space and Rocket Center, or savoring the local flavors, this destination promises an unforgettable experience for runners and space enthusiasts alike. So, lace up those running shoes for your last opportunity before the Boston marathon cutoff. Get ready for a stellar adventure in the Rocket City!

Looking for more Out of this world runs? The Zion at night half marathon, Great Ferry Race and Happy Girls Run are all beautiful, highly recommended runs along the West coast. Check ’em out!

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How Meditation takes the Pain out of hard running

This blog post took me a long time to write, more than two months actually. From the start I knew exactly what I wanted to say- how important meditation is for running- but I couldn’t find the words. Like most Americans, meditative practice does not come easy for me. I wasn’t raised to routinely get out of bed, brush my teeth and meditate. It takes practice. And I think that’s why this post was so hard for me to write. As much practice and repetition as running has taken me to get a personal record, and as much practice meditation takes to quiet my mind; Writing for a blog takes a lot of practice too. So here’s my attempt. 🙂

I think we’ve all hit that running pain threshold before. You’re out on a long run, with a set distance in mind. Half way through your run, you start to endure pain. For me in particular, it’s a sheering pain on the lateral (outside) aspect of my right knee. Ouch! This knee pain happens every run over 8 miles for me, and I’ve come to expect the pain, even after ten years of running! I know it’s not an injury because the pain passes shortly after finishing my run. But meditation has taught me to shift my focus and lessen the pain. Let’s start with how to practice meditation.

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Learning how to meditate

I set myself up for meditation like a newborn novice always imagined this practice would go. By sitting in a still-water hot tub, with my thumb touching pointer finger, Legs crossed in a pretzel and gently close my eyes. I start the meditative practice with a humble “Oooooommmm” – long on the exhale- and chuckle. “I must look like a real hippy,” I think, “hopefully I don’t get caught. That would be embarrassing.”

Although slightly embarassed, I continue meditating because I strongly desire the benefits meditation has promised for running improvements.

I then start on breath work. Slow inhale, counting in my head to One. Slow exhale, sighing with my mouth slightly open. count to Two. Again, One…. two. It’s now that I finally notice how uncomfortable I am. My shoulders are slouched. This puts a twinge of pain between my shoulder blades. There’s a bead of sweat on my forehead from the heat. “Maybe this serene hot tub was not as ideal as I had imagined“, I think.

Our newborn goats are bleating in the background and I wish they would be quieter. ‘Can’t they see I’m trying to meditate here?’ I peek one eye open, making the movement sly, as if I’m cheating in Jr. high science by glancing around the propped up folder. There’s nobody around to catch me, I’m only cheating my own practice. With a side glance, one eye open, I look at the clock. It’s been two minutes. A measly two minutes and my mind has already wandered. I feel like I’m failing at mediation entirely, and that I’ll never get it right.

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Meditation snaps us out of autopilot and into awareness.

I need more meditative practice, I think. Let’s try again. I close my eyes once more and start a slow, steady breath in. It’s very intimate to feel all of your senses. The goats continue to wail in the background, but I’m able to dim them. I hear the echoing of the black-capped chickadee bird whistling three syllables, which has an uncanny consistency sounding like “cheese-bur-ger”. The wind has a very soft rustle through the fir trees close to me that carries a breeze to caress my cheek and cool me down. This gently pushes that bead of sweat from my brow to my raised cheekbone.

During meditative practice, this uncomfortable perspiration is no longer irritating, rather comforting.

sweat is my body’s automatic protective measure to keep me cool. I am grateful for that salt-filled bead of sweat and resist the urge to wipe it away. I’ve always been dependent on sight as my primary sense. But during this meditation, my other senses flourish. The smell of fresh cut grass fills my brain, and although I know the grass was recently mowed, with this sense of smell I can now “see it”. The fragrance is clean, almost moist and reminds me summer is ending and Fall is drawing nearer. “Don’t forget to plant your winter squash”, my mind reminds me.

The chatter from my mind has wandered back into my meditative practice. I smile, acknowledge the thought and push it right back to the background. This is normal, and my todo list can wait.

I focus on breath work through the body. What is the purpose of breath work and it’s profound presence in the meditative practice? Slow, long inhale in, through slightly flared nostrils. The air is slightly chilled as the morning fog is clearing. I am deeply grateful for the hot tub water that warms me now. Inhale, One. My abdomen billows with air and my diaphragm expands my rib cage and my shoulders, that are no longer slouched. There is still a twinge of pain between my shoulder blades. The pain is neither good nor bad- simply present- like the rest of my body.

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Meditation takes the pain out of running

Recognizing the pain in endurance running

During endurance running we anticipate pain. Whether you are pushing your pace for a faster personal record, or pushing for a further distance, pain ensures. Meditation allows us to snap out of running in autopilot and zoom out our perception of that pain. This gives us a ‘birds eye’ awareness into what you are actually experiencing. You are able to objectively tell yourself, ‘There is pain here right now’. This is the raw data that also assures you, ‘this pain will not last forever’.

During both meditative practice and endurance running, a strategy to lessen your pain will be to use the acronym,

R.A.I.N.

Recognize the emotion.

Running is hard, recognize that you are doing hard things! Pain is part of the living process. And It’s a normal process, to warn our bodies something may be causing harm. Recognizing you have pain allows you to tell yourself, “yes, you have knee pain, and this too shall pass”.

Allow life to be, just as it is.

After acknowledging that your pain is present during the run, accept this emotion is how you feel right now. Even if that feeling is unwelcome. Allowing your emotion towards pain gives you the space to create power over, and freedom from the pain.

Investigate with self compassion.

What does that running pain feel like? Narrow your focus. For me, my right knee generally begins to hurt after mile 8. This pain is on the outside portion of my right knee and has a dull ache. It will slowly radiate to my right hip and I am keenly aware how I could spend more time focusing on stretching my hips and foam rolling my IT band after my run. Thankfully this knee pain is not a prolonged injury.

Non-identification.

This is where your meditative practice is able to take the pain out of running. Pain is part of the living process, suffering does not have to be. When you’re able to view the pain in running as a passing event and temporary, it softly dissipates. My knee aches while running a half marathon, but all the other participants of the same race are also enduring pain as well. Perhaps in different locations in their body, but this pain is not fixed within you, and this pain shall pass.

(*Knee disclaimer* I feel it’s very important to emphasize running does not cause ‘bad knees’ with age. This is a very common misconception. I have knee pain because I neglect other aspects of running that are so important, mainly stretching my hips. In fact, running actually strengthens the knees and prevents osteoarthritis. By regularly running, the weight bearing exercise brings more fluid to the joints to keep them lubricated. This benefits your joints and overall health. This post is a reminder to myself to incorporate yoga into my running practice.)

Using RAIN during endurance runs has helped my mindset tremendously. My thought process has shifted from, “this hurts, I can’t finish” to an appreciation of how strong my body has become through training for half marathons. I hope you’re able to use this tool to improve your running performance.

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Well, after two months I’ve posted! Let me know any way I can improve the way I presented meditation, running endurance or my writing!

The truth about cross training for Runners

Many athletes throw around the word “cross training” as any form of exercise during marathon training. For instance, ‘weight training’ is not a form of cross training for runners. Don’t get me wrong, weight training is a very important aspect of running. Weights strengthen the muscles and connective tissue to prevent injury. But an important understanding of cross training for runners, is to call the exercise as it is!

Cross training is Running specific. 

Trail running a half marathon in Oregon, I had anticipated perfect conditions. Slight downhill and soft dirt to alleviate the right knee pain I generally get after 10 miles in. The weather was set to be mid 40’s, so I had planned to strip layers along the course. With perfect conditions I made a bad choice to follow a pacer for an under 2 hour half. I hadn’t cross trained at such a pace, so it’s no surprise at mile 10 I was limping along.

A few years later I incorporated Orangetheory fitness into my training plan. Arizona had similar perfect conditions for running my half marathon, downhill and cool weather. I surpassed my personal record (still not under two hour mark, but closer). I thought my success was from ‘cross training by adding weights’ into my routine. After taking the Road Runner’s club of America certification course, I understood. The running specific cross training improved my performance. (Think elliptical, stationary bike, rower, swimming). These exercises mimic the running form to improve the cardiorespiratory system.

Supplemental activities improve strength, flexibility and mobility.  

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Supplemental activities should be incorporated DAILY for about 10-15 minutes to increase an athlete’s overall ability. These are not meant to be fatiguing, so they can be built into daily habits. If you have tight hip flexors from running, practice yoga for stretching. If your pace is declining, use core exercises and weight lifting for strength. Supplemental exercises are a necessary addition to add to marathon training, but call them for what they are! Yoga is yoga, weights are weights, cross training is running specific. With supplemental exercises it’s important to mention, use caution with ‘ball sports’ i.e. baseball, football. These activities come with risk of injury and delay in training.

Now how do we apply cross training and supplemental exercises into our daily routines?

Atomic Habits

An atomic habit is intentionally changing one small thing daily to form a healthy habit or break an unhealthy habit. I’ve always imagined how strong I could be if I would just workout everyday. It sounded simple enough. But I could never quite establish a habit that lasted. Generally after a New Year’s resolution, my ambition would fade and I’d find myself going lengths of time without working out, yet again. James Clear explains how to apply strategies to create daily habits that last.

Habits are the brains way to reduce energy expenditure.

Our willpower is actually limited each day. We only get a certain amount of energy for decisions, therefore habits are the brains way to reduce energy expenditure. Repetition is required to establish habits. Think of the quantity of runs as opposed to the quality.  Even a bad run can improve your athletic ability. Two beginning principles to forming new healthy habits include three layers of forming a new habit and Habit stacking.   Now let’s apply this to running and training for a marathon.

We all start out as novice runners at some point. New to the sport, eager to learn and test your limits. Because I wasn’t particularly fast, I let myself think that I was not a runner for nearly a decade. I believed I was not fast enough to be considered a runner. Even though I ran a half marathon every single year since 2012- and even completed a full marathon in 2013.

There are three layers of developing a new habit to become a runner.

  1. Goals are the results you wish to achieve. I fulfill my goal of completing a half marathon each year. But the timing in which I cross the finish line varies greatly. My half marathon personal best is 2:02 and then other races took over 3 hours to finish. Because initially, each run did not focus on the next layer of developing a habit.
  2. The process is the second way to develop a new habit. Let’s start with that same goal to finish a half marathon each year. Now let’s incorporate a training plan. This gives me an outline of how many runs I should be completing each week, what supplemental exercises to add and gives you structure. However, there were many times I ignored the training plan process because “I just didn’t feel like running today”. This leads to the third, and deepest layer of habit forming.
  3. The key to building a new habit is to change your identity. Focusing on your identity asks the pivotal question, who do you wish to become? I AM A HALF-MARATHON RUNNER, therefore I run. Again, this took me over a decade and running hundreds of miles per year. With the guidance of reading Atomic Habits to realize, I am a Runner.

Habit Stacking

We’ve now established, after layering our motives, that to develop a new habit we acknowledge it is part of our identity. We are runners. So how do you now incorporate running into your daily routine with ease? Clear describes a strategy called habit stacking. Rather than creating a new habit at a set time, stack it with a current habit to limit the brain’s energy expenditure.

Start by writing down your day: wake up, drink a glass of warm lemon water, shower, brush teeth, get dressed, go to work. Now habit stack the healthy habit goal you’d like to include daily. For me this last year, I really wanted to increase my mindfulness and balance.

So I took my current habitual day and stacked a new habit. Now my routine includes: waking up, drinking a glass of warm lemon water, shower, brush teeth, meditate for 10 minutes, get dressed, and go to work. I hardly take any willpower because meditating has become a habit I stacked onto my already set pattern. I rarely miss a day of meditation, and have reaped the benefits.

Meditation actually changes the structures of your brain. 

It increases cortical thickness in the hippocampus, (memory part of brain) improving your self-awareness and focus. It physically decreases brain cell volume in the amygdala, (fight or flight part of brain) that subsequently decreases anxiety, depression, chronic pain and offers a coping mechanism for traumatic events. Meditation can lower your blood pressure and help decrease cravings of addiction. With daily meditation- even if just for a few minutes- you’ll become more patient with your spouse, children and those around you. You’ll sleep better. You’ll get rid of facial wrinkles and enhance your sex life. Meditation helps you learn to be present and more comfortable with just sitting still. There’s just one catch, you have to actually meditate for it to work, and by habit stacking you can easily add meditation to become a mindful runner.

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I hope you enjoy adding running specific cross training to become the most badass version of yourself! If you’re interested in more strategies for forming healthy habits and breaking bad habits, I highly recommend Atomic Habits, by James Clear.

Running with bibrave by the warm beach of South Carolina

I’ve never written about a run within a week of completing it out of fear of not giving the race enough justice. I ponder and ponder about how I can describe the event and the state in words. That’s why I’ve also begun making videos of each race, to bring you along with me. Ideally, you can run each state for yourself to experience the magic. Until then, I will try to recollect my words to give the warm beach of South Carolina due justice.

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Disclaimer: I received a free race entry to review this run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

This was my first in person half marathon as a bibrave pro. I have been anxiously awaiting live races and meeting fellow bibrave ambassadors, (as all of us have). My goal was to try for an under 2 hour half marathon. However, I did not plan or train as I should have. During the months leading up to the race I actually completed my RRCA coaching certificate and now have so much more knowledge to apply to training.

The Run

The race started at 8 am at Jarvis park, which was a pleasant time of day. Many races start so darn early. There are not many uber drivers on the island, so be sure to schedule your ride for the morning the night before. Our Uber driver was filled with knowledge about the island, including Hilton Head has been named best destination island by Conde Nest for 5 years running! I met up with fellow bibrave runner’s from across the country and we toed the start line with 1500 other people. There was not a wave start so the beginning was shuffling and slow like cattle. I was aiming for negative splits so we started at a comfortable 9:45 pace. The first time I looked at my watch we were already past mile 2 and felt strong.

We corralled through Jarvis park and hit the highway, literally. Running along the highway that was partially closed for the event and over a bridge. (Which was the only elevation gain along the whole race). About 6 miles in, we switched back to park trail running with beautiful canopy trees above us. The race had felt so smooth, and Jenn and I were surprised with how easy it felt. Mile 8 came and my right knee started bugging me as always. Luckily my beta endorphins kicked in by mile 9 and dimmed down the pain a bit. By mile 10 I knew there was no chance at an under two hour half marathon for me. So I decided just to enjoy the run with my best friend. The finish line was back in Jarvis park and the crowds cheers were so inspiring to hear. Especially after a two year hiatus of running during covid.

The After party

The park playground was filled with laughing kids enjoying the outdoors. There was grab-and-go pizza and free beer at the finish line, which is always a bonus. We enjoyed our grub watching the alligators swim along slowly. Yup, that’s right, Alligators! Overall, Hilton Head Island was a beautiful course and location. I would recommend wave starts though if I really sought out to accomplish my goal time.

Next up, New Orleans, Louisiana! Where is your next event, (let me know in the comments) I’d love to cheer you on!

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New and upcoming! travel, clean eating and half marathons

Wow! Life has been a whirlwind this fall and I’m sure you can agree. School is back in session, and then school is in quarantine…. and then school is back in session! Between planning and packing school lunches, getting ready for holiday travels and of course, getting my running miles in, it’s been a busy season! I wanted to give you a glance into the Half marathons, clean eating and what’s new and upcoming here on We Run the States.

New and Upcoming: Travel

With the covid vaccine readily available, travel has become a part of our daily lives again. This summer our family traveled to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, which reignited our passion for nature and exploring. This sparked a spur of the moment trip to Zion National park in September for a half marathon through the night. I had never really had Zion on my list of places I wanted to see, but after seeing it’s beauty, I Highly recommend the adventure. Waking up at 3 am to run through the night jumping over boulders gave a definite runner’s high!

October has been spent Triathlon training for a trip to the California coast on Halloween. I highly anticipate that Bay Area swim will be frigid cold, so wish me luck that I don’t freeze! Then just two weeks later we travel to the sunny Hilton Head island of South Carolina. This will be my first in-person half marathon as a Bibrave ambassador, and I am so excited to meet other Bibrave pro’s that I continue to follow on my instagram running community.

The new year is just around the corner and Holidays are coming up fast! I plan to take a short break from running at the end of November and then jump right back into training for Rock N’ Roll New Orleans, LA half marathon in February.

Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at dusk.

Clean Eating

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this category. Moreso, how can I make Clean Eating easy to prep for school nights and busy lives. I’ve debated recreating recipes like those amazing food blogs online, as I usually tweek most recipes, (just a little) to suit our family needs. But recreating recipes didn’t seem to make much sense as that requires a LOT of time and those amazing food blogs have already put in the work. (I know, much to your surprise, I also have limited time with full time work, kids, running and blogging). So this category will be a guide to Clean eating recipes.

I love creating weekly meal plans and food prep with my kids on Sundays. So here I will share with you all the recipes. Although most of the recipes I make are from cookbooks, I can often find the same recipe in an online version to share. If all else fails, you’ll get a picture screenshot of a clean eating recipe. It’ll be like we’re food prepping together 🙂

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Autumn Meals

New and upcoming: Running

I am super proud to say, I am officially a Road Runner Club of America COACH! (RRCA) I decided to take my running knowledge to the next level and completed a weekend experience to become a coach. I have SO much great information to share with you to improve your race pace and achieve your set goals! The first athlete I’m training is my very own brother-in-law preparing for his first Full marathon in May. We are training for a sub 4 hour marathon and he is ready for the commitment to log miles!

Also new to the Running category is We Run the States, LLC. Yep that’s right, WRS is officially a business! Currently I am working on a really big project to have health insurance pay for you to run all 50 states! I’ll definitely keep you posted.

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