7 Marathon Quotes to Inspire You
As you go into marathon weekend, you might be looking for a few extra words of inspiration or motivation.
I love a good quote. Things that are easily repeatable, shareable and help to encourage me in some way. I’ve read a lot of famous quotes from famous marathoners.
Like Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist who said, “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” Or Kathrine Switzer, who said, “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”
Local Marathon Quotes
Wanting a local spin, I reached out to a few current and former Twin Cities runners to get their take on running 26.2. With some help from Jessi at The Right Fits, we gathered their thoughts on the marathon.
As I was getting these marathon quotes back in my inbox, I noticed similarities to them. Marathons are hard, regardless of how fast you run them. In many ways, everyone experiences the same types of things. Whether your time is 2:16 or 5:16, the marathon can be your best friend and worst enemy.
May the following quotes help you relax as you prepare for your race.
A marathon is a like a roller coaster… You might toss your cookies, jump for joy, pass out, or have to close your eyes and just breathe. Even when it is going smooth, all of a sudden there can be a drop or even better, an acceleration. Hang on, stick to your plan, and enjoy every step of the way. I can’t wait to do another….or maybe ten! Get after it!
Carrie is an Olympian, C Tolle Run host, and Reebok Run Ambassador with a marathon PR of 3:02:47 (4 months after giving birth to son Everett).
Falling apart in a 5K is painful, but it’s just pain. Falling apart in a marathon, I believe you lose a year of your life. You complete the marathon feeling utterly defeated, knowing that it got the best of you, and you go home and ask your mom if she still loves you.
Jacob is a current Minneapolis City Council Member, former Saucony Elite, and boasts a marathon PR of 2:16:44.
After about mile ten I tend to divide the race into familiar segments: 16 miles to go (my shortest long run); 10 miles to go (the three lakes); 7 miles to go (Harriet and Calhoun); and so on… This seems to help psychologically, though the last three miles, or “lake”, sometimes feels more like Superior.
Paul is the owner of Gear Running store in Minneapolis and holds a marathon PR of 2:59:19
A marathon is a like a roller coaster, sometimes you are soaring at the top of the peak, and other times you are down in a deep valley of inward struggle. The key is to not hit the breaks but to focus on the next step, because with every downhill slide you are building up potential energy to reach the top again.
Meghan is a Saucony Elite Athlete with Team USA Minnesota. Her marathon PR is 2:38:58.
20 miles is halfway. Your goal should be to feel awesome through 13.1 as the real challenge starts at mile 20. I went out too hard, cruising through halfway at a much faster pace than I had planned. The last 6.2 of my race the wheels really came off. Had I been smarter early and moderated my pace I would’ve finished stronger and broken 2:30, which was my goal at the time.
Jeff is co-owner of Mill City Running store in NE Minneapolis. His marathon PR of 2:30:17 was earned at the 2011 Twin Cities Marathon.
Jenna Boren DeNucci
I try to think of the marathon in segments, focusing one mile/one stretch at a time. That allows me to roll through the highs and lows easier and not feel overwhelmed by the distance or pace itself.
Jenna was formerly with Twin Cities Running Company. Her marathon PR is 2:40:38.
Racing a marathon is a true and simple way to test the human spirit. Whether it goes perfectly or poorly you will certainly learn something about yourself and be a better person for having tackled the distance.
Blake Russell is a 2008 Olympian in the marathon with a PR of 2:29:10. She was also the female winner of the 2003 Twin Cities Marathon.
What are your favorite marathon quotes? Leave one we can uniquely attribute to you in the comments below!