Meb Keflezhigi quote

By Keri Mandell

I love quotes. I have several books, journals, etc., so it makes sense that I have several quotes to help me get amped up and excited about running. I don’t need much to get me excited about the New Jersey Marathon, but I will refer back to these during my taper and leading up to the race.

During the taper, while your body is recovering you don’t always feel at your best. Your training has decreased and now you’re expected to recover and to chill.  Well, just chilling is hard because I find that when I have too much down time, I begin to overthink, over analyze, and then the nerves set in. I start second guessing myself, my abilities, and my training.

So in order to stop the crazies that sometimes surfaces in my head, I remind myself that I am strong, that I’ve got this, and to trust in my training. I have been working so hard over the last four months and now is my chance to get out there and have fun. My goal is to have an awesome race, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and feed off the energy of the crowds. It is a privilege to be able to run, so I plan to relish in the moment and enjoy every step of the way.

Here are some of my favorite running quotes to help get me feeling amped up and inspired:

1.“She believed she could so she did!”

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2. “The voice in your head that says you can’t do it, is a liar.”

The voice in your head is a liar

3. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can

4. “Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, and achieve with all your might.”

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5. “There will be days I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.”

There will be days I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have

6. “Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction!”

Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction

7. “The best way to predict the future is to create it!”

Create the Future

8. “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

9. “You are much stronger than you think.”

You are much stronger than you think.

10. “Don’t let insecure thoughts ruin something amazing.”

don't let insecure thoughts ruin something amazing.

11. “Keep your head up and your heart strong.”

head up, heart strong

12. “Run with your legs to be fast, run with your mind to be faster, run with your heart to be unstoppable.”

Run With Your Heart to Be Unstoppable

13. “As a breed, runners are a pretty gutsy bunch we constantly push ourselves to discover limitations, then push past them.”

As a breed, runners are a pretty gutsy bunch we constantly push ourselves to discover limitations, then push past them

14. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.”

Overcome the things you thought you couldn't

15. “Finishing a marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible.”

Finishing a marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible

16. “Marathons are not about testing your limits, they are about how far you can take them.”

Marathons aren’t about testing your limits, they are about how far you can take them

17. “Winning doesn’t always mean getting first place, it means getting the best out of yourself.”

Meb Keflezhigi quote

18. “The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race. The pain in your legs, within days, But the glory of the finish will last forever.”

The thirst your feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race. The pain in your legs, within days, But the glory of the finish will last foreverThe thirst your feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race. The pain in your legs, within days, But the glory of the finish will last forever

19. “Your run is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.”

Your run is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it

20. “I run because I can. When I get tired. I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this, simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder. I know they’d do the same for me.”

I run because I can