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Inspirational Running Quotes for Cross Country | 15 Motivational Quotes

Cross Country running can be a thrill! However, sometimes a little inspiration and motivation goes a long way.

These quotes will help any runner power through their next race or workout. Soak up their wisdom, and then hit the trails!

Cross Country Running Quotes


There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout…

Kathrine Switzer


Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

Oprah Winfrey


I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

Jesse Owens


The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

John Bingham


Sunshine is delicious,
Rain is refreshing,
Wind braces us up,
Snow is exhilarating,
There’s really no such thing as bad weather,
Only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin


Running helps me stay on an even keel and in an optimistic frame of mind.

Bill Clinton


Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.

Maurice Greene


Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.

William James


Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance…
You can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. But when you are through, exhilarated and exhausted, at least for a moment everything seems right with the world…


Try not to fight the trail. Instead, try to feel the natural rhythm, the flow… and rather than attempting to conquer it, practice becoming one with it. Begin each run with Shoshin… a beginners mind.


In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Fred Lebow


Running is like life, it’s a long journey, but well worth it.


Running is my church.

Joan Van Ark


Running is one of the best solutions to clear the mind.

Sasha Azevedo


If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.

Priscilla Welch

*Which one of these “Quotes on Cross Country Running” did you like best? Do you know of any other quality quotes that could compete for the top 15? Please share in the comments!

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