12 Inspiring Quotes for Runners

When the going gets tough, remember why you run. Here are 12 inspiring quotes that any runner can relate to:

1. The First Step is the Hardest But It's Oh So Worth It.

2. "The Starting Point of All Achievement is Desire. Keep This Constantly in Mind. Weak Desires Bring Weak Results, Just As A Small Amount of Fire Makes a Small Amount of Heat." -Napoleon Hill

3. The Greatest Pleasure in Life is Doing What People Say You Cannot Do.

Doing what people say you cannot do

4. The Greatest Pleasure in Life Isn't Just Doing What People Say You Cannot Do, It's Achieving What You Thought You Couldn't Do.

5. The Voice In Your Head That Says You Can't Do This Is A Liar.

6. Redefine Your Impossible Every Single Day.

7. It Never Gets Easier You Just Get Stronger.

doesn't get easier

8. You Don't Have To Run Fast, You Just Have to Go.

9. Do It For The Looks People Give You When You Tell Them How Far You Ran Yesterday.

10. "It's Very Hard To Understand In The Beginning That The Whole Idea Is Not To Beat The Other Runners. Eventually You Learn That The Competition Is Against The Little Voice Inside You That Wants You To Quit." - George Sheehan

11. I May Not Be The Strongest, I May Not Be The Fastest, But I'm Sure As Hell Trying My Hardest.

and last but not least (and my personal favorite)

12. Pain is Temporary. Instagram Photos Last Forever.

No one runs a half marathon because it's easy. Personally I continue to throw my money at half marathons to remind myself that pain is temporary, that I am so much more than I think I am, and that my limits don't exist. It's one foot in front of the other. It doesn't matter if you run slowly, sprint, skip, hop, or crawl, you'll make it to the finish line. You already signed up, now you just have to keep going. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.