5 Quotes To Keep You Running
Whether you are just starting out as a runner or you’re a seasoned athlete with countless marathons under your belt, you will at one time or another hear that negative voice in your head telling you to skip today and have a lie in or telling you it’s too hard and you should stop.
So if you’re thinking about quitting, remember these quotes and keep going.
Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest. – Kemmy Nola
If you are new to running, this quote is for you. Whenever you start something new, it seems hard. You don’t think you’ll ever get used to it. Maybe you can only run for 30 seconds before you have to rest. Maybe you see other runners and think I’ll never be as good as them, what’s the point, I’m too set in my ways.
Remember that the first step is the hardest, the first run is the hardest. If you just force yourself to get out there and run once, then you can do it again and again. And every time you run, your body will get a little more used to it and it will get easier and easier.
I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. – Marie Curie
Polish physicist, chemist and double Nobel prize winner Marie Curie knew that progress was all about perseverance. Nothing worthwhile achieving comes quickly or easily. It takes commitment and dedication. And running is no different.
Maybe you are running to lose weight, maybe your goal is to run 10k or a marathon. Either way you will not see a change straight away. It is easy to become disheartened or frustrated. It is is easy to think about quitting. But don’t!
Keep at it, see it through and those improvements will come. They may come so slowly that you barely notice. But if you persevere and keep your goal in mind eventually you will be able to look back and see how far you have advanced.
Often the difference between success and failure is just whether or not you quit.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett
Remember that you are the architect of your own future. Hopefully you have a good network of friends and relatives who encourage and support you. But in the end, it’s you who must act. Remember why you are running in the first place.
Remember your goal. If you really want to see a change in yourself, only you can achieve it. No one else can achieve your goals for you.
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, politician, Mr Universe and 7 times Mr Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger knows all about physical and mental strength.
We all have good days and we all have bad days. Sometimes, you feel great, it’s a sunny day and the birds are singing; you feel like you could run forever. Other days it’s cold and wet and your legs feel like lead.
It’s important not to look for excuses and not to give in. Consistency is the key to success and facing these challenges will make you a stronger person. What you do here becomes habit forming. If you skip today, it will make it easier to skip tomorrow and the next day and the next. But if you are strong and run even when you don’t want to, then it will get easier and easier.
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong may not be the greatest sporting role model, but he still knows what it’s like to push his body to its limits; this quote shows you the mindset you need to achieve this. So I make no apologies for quoting him.
When you are running you will feel pain. I don’t mean pain from injury. Of course, if you are injured or exhausted you need to let your body heel and recover. I mean the pain you get when you push yourself a little further than you have before.
Maybe you are trying to run for 5 minutes without stopping or maybe you are trying to set a new 10k personal best. If you are pushing yourself it will hurt. But if you don’t push yourself, you will never improve.
Our bodies are capable of achieving much more than we think. It is usually our own minds that hold us back and stop us reaching our potential. Remember that the pain is only temporary and is soon forgotten once you stop running. But the psychological boost gained from achieving your goal could last for the rest of your life.