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Inspirational Running Quotes - Keeping Your Running Motivation Up!

We all need a little motivation from time to time, we understand it can be hard to lace up those trainers and get out running. If you are starting a new regime or training plan, deep in marathon training or perhaps getting into running for the first time, here are some of our favourite motivational running quotes to help you along.

"I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner." - Bart Yasso

We hear this so much in our stores, 'I'm not a real runner'. We believe that anyone who is out there moving is a runner.

We love this quote from the late Gabe Grunewald, it definitely resonates with runners. We all go through struggles, whether it's in a race or just getting to the start line, but it’s always worth it, you just don't give up!

"Don’t try to rush progress. Remember – a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction" – Kara Goucher

HOW TRUE IS THIS. There are definitely some miles on race day where we need to remember this one, a step forward no matter your pace or place is progress! 

Patience seems to be the theme from Ted Williams here, it takes time to improve. Don't lose heart if you aren't where you want to be, just keep at it you'll be soon smashing those running goals!

"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." – Haruki Murakami

This snippet from 'What I Talk About When I'm Running' is brilliant we can definitely vouch for running helping you to live life to the fullest. 


Dean Karnazes the ultra-running legend and winner of the Badwater Marathon (135 across Death Valley) knows about the importance of momentum, taking a step forward no matter how big, or small, fast or slow is still progress. Don't give up on those running goals just because you aren't getting there fast enough, keep the momentum going and you'll make it. 

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable." – Roger Bannister

The legendary Roger Bannister knew a thing or two about running, this quote from back when he broke the four-minute mile is even more true nearly 50 years on!

Are you pumped up and ready to go out and smash your running goals now? Getting people Up & Running is what we do, helping runners since 1992 achieve their running goals. 

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    Up & Running is the UK’s largest independent running retailer, serving local communities across the UK. Founded in 1992 Up & Running is a family business, offering specialist running knowledge, products, advice and expertise.




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