10 Motivational Quotes From the World’s Greatest Runners

Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan embrace after completing the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Kristen Keesee/BU News Service)

Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan embrace after completing the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Kristen Keesee/BU News Service)

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

“I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” – Alberto Salazar

“We all have dreams. But in order to makes dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

“There are a million reasons why you can’t. Focus on the few reasons why you can.” – Kara Goucher

“Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. (Wikimedia)

Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. (Wikimedia)

“You think that this sport is so simple, just putting one foot in front of the other, but once you start doing it, you realize just how grand it is. It infiltrates your life.” – Deena Kastor

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson

“If you have the courage to fail, then you have the courage to succeed.” – Shalane Flanagan

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

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