Every had one of those days where wearing your running shoes, and hitting the road seems like the last thing (if at all) you want to do? Everybody has those. Lack of motivation strikes randomly and when you least expect it. There are multiple ways of tackling it though.

Coffee is one. A double shot of espresso will make even the laziest day vanish into thin air. Then there’s high-tempo music at a really high decibel level to get you on your feet and ready to take on the day (or at least your run), and then there’s motivation in the form of quotes. Not the ones you see on Instagram right next to a selfie. These are actual quotes uttered by some very interesting people and most importantly runners. These always get us up and about. So, we decided to compile 5 of our favorite quotes on running. Keep these for the day when you’re really low on the endorphins, and we’re pretty certain they’ll work their magic.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Christopher McDougall – Born To Run

“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
Dean Karnazes – Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

“I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by–you can’t run and stay mad!”
Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman: Running The Race To Revolutionize Women’s Sports

Haruki Murakami running (Photograph: Patrick Fraser | Corbis Outline)
Haruki Murakami running (Photograph: Patrick Fraser | Corbis Outline)

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree”
― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we’d like to be. That’s not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you’ve accomplished, rather than thinking of what’s left to be done (p. 159).”
― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running

The greatest minds and their thoughts on running resonate very much with ours, that’s what makes these thoughts so motivational. Happy running!

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