Everyone loves a running quote. They are always popping up somewhere on social media as a means of inspiring, encouraging or simply making fun out of certain aspects of going for a run. I often read the same sort of messages over and over again. But every once in a while one stands out which you really connect with.
I have a few chosen quotes saved in the photo gallery on my phone. Ones which make me smile or particularly resonate with me. Some of my favourites are:
'Celebrate finish lines, not finish times' - which reminds me of the Lincoln 10k 2015 (see previous blog posts)
'You know your a runner if your first thought when you look at the weekly weather forecast is how it is going to effect your runs' - which is pretty much me every morning as I pack my running stuff, trying to hazard a guess as to what I will need to wear for my run that evening.
'Joggers bounce up and down at traffic lights… runners just stand there looking pissed' and 'I love all that yelling and whistling from your car window as I run by, by all means give me your number - said no runner ever' - both which neatly sum up situations I encounter frequently on my evening runs around Lincoln.
'Friendships formed through running are as beautiful as they are strong. Strengthened by each stride and tempered by exhaustion, they are bonds difficult to break' - which reminds me of my friends and their support particulary during my London Marathon training.
The quote pictured however is probably my overall favourite, and I have only recently stumbled across it:
'Non runners may not believe how beneficial running can be, but it's true. Running has rocked people's lives - improving the way they look, the way they feel, the way they think, and the way they look at life
Running has undoubtedly improved how I feel, how I think, and my overall outlook on life - which is a powerful thing for essentially just putting one foot in front of the other! Running has given me a greater focus and is an effective way of maintaining my physical and mental health, which until truly getting into running, was a balance I had struggled to find for many years.
Running quotes, or any motivational quote, can often be a bit cliché - but I am pretty sure there is a quote out there which will mean that little bit extra to everyone...