Friday, January 11, 2019

Motivational Quotes

I will start with one:
“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.”— Tom Fleming

What is your favorite motivational quote? What else do you use to motivate yourself for the daily grind? Please share in the comment section below.

34 comments:

Carrie Joseph said...

When I race my mind is full of doubts - who will finish second, who will finish third? (Nourredine Morcelli)(Not sure if I spelled that correctly!)

Postfontaine said...

"What I want is to be number one." - Steve Prefontaine

Anonymous said...

"somebody may beat me, but they're going to have to bleed to do it."

-Pre

ChrisC said...

"Racing is life..everything else is just waiting" -Steve McQueen in "LeMans".

Anonymous said...

Hard work may pay off in the long run, but laziness pays off right now.

Anonymous said...

"Yes. We. Can." - Barack Obama

Marty Beene said...

"Don't forget to win...."

[I understand this saying was coined by Willie Harmatz, but I don't know for sure....]

Postfontaine said...

Also here are some others ones that I really like....

"I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -Muhammad Ali

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." -Roger Bannister

"Just shut up and run." -Kenrick Sealy

Anonymous said...

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
-Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

Anonymous said...

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."

-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is original or not but I like this quote from Patricia Ley assistant coach at Gonzaga. "Run for the freedom, the joy and just maybe a place will take care of itself."

Andrew said...

Not conventional running quotes, but I think they apply nonetheless.

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige

ChrisC said...

Here is one for all you xc fans-

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

Coach Small said...

Since many of these have been quotes from Prefontane here are a few from his coach Bill Bowerman:

"The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles."

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."

"A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils. But while runners differ, basic principles never change. So it's a matter of fitting your current practices to fit the event and the individual. See, what's good for you might not be worth a darn for the next guy."

Anonymous said...

"Don't look back, leave it all on the track" - Tucker, Stripes' coach in Racing Stripes

Anonymous said...

The Nike ad "JUST DO IT"

Anonymous said...

Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one's self. So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it's because they aren't willing to understand, not because they're stronger. Running is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you'll never understand, so just accept. 



Jessica Propst

Albert Caruana said...

That's a good one. I may have to "steal" that one.

Anonymous said...

Don't put a limit on anything.The more you dream the farther you get.
- Michael Phelps

jacob b said...

as I'm on the line I think of my race and feel as small as an ant but when the sound of the gun goes off I feel as if I'm a man

Jacob B said...

as I'm on the line I think of my race and feel as small as an ant but when the sound of the gun goes off I feel as if I'm a man

Brooke said...

Reading the comments, everyone has a lot of inspiring quotes! Love it! It you dont mind, there is a list of motivational running quotes that everyone here may enjoy very much if it's okay I post them here: Cross Country Slogans

Anonymous said...

“No Excuse, Just Produce”

Robyn Berry said...

Do or do not. There is no Try. Yoda.

Anonymous said...

Run the summer to rule the fall.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you when your tired!!!

-Coach

Anonymous said...

NO REGRETS!!!

Anonymous said...

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the ability to act effectively, in spite of fear.” -Donald Trump

Rob Collins said...

Several quotes from famous people.

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece.
Dream Big and Dare to Fail.
Believe You Can and Your Halfway There.
If it Doesn't Challenge You, It won't Change you.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

"Sports don't build character, they reveal it." - Heywood Hale Broun

Dan T said...

I think of this one from Teddy Roosevelt when I see those runners who may never win any races, but nonetheless test themselves. Cross country might not be the most glamorous of sports, but I have no greater respect than for the athlete that gets out there and challenges himself (or herself) to be their best.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Coach Mostert said...

"My goal is simple. Run faster. A lot faster." - Bob Kennedy

Steve Palladino said...

The eyes see only what the mind knows.

Unknown said...

"Running hurts everyone, but it's how you deal with it that matters, that shapes yours character."

"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow"

"Leaders are never satisfied, they continually strive to be better"

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."

"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear"

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