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The 638 Best Quotes for the Runner

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On January 2, I weighed a “svelte” 205 pounds. My “executive” physical a few weeks earlier had been lots of fun. My doctor, trying to be humorous (doctors rarely are) told me I was not overweight—however, he informed me I was five inches too short. At five feet nine inches, I needed to lose forty pounds or more.

He “graciously” shared with me that I was in great shape—for a seventy-year-old. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) on February 18, I would turn fifty. He knew this of course, the wise guy.

So it was decision time. Should I continue down the path of “master couch potato”? Or should I do something about my physical fitness? The self-help audio book is telling me, “What goal would you set if you knew it was impossible to fail?” So I set a crazy, audacious goal: to lose forty pounds and run a marathon with the year—at age fifty. Crazy? Maybe. Eleven months later in my journey I completed the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

There were days when I didn’t know if I could do it. Now, there will be a lifetime knowing that I have. The toughest part, beyond starting, was staying motivated. I entered races, watched running DVDs, read running books, etc. Outside of entering races, what helped me most is reading and memorizing motivational running quotes. Some were inspirational, some humorous, some simply, “real”. I started collecting quotes from DVDs, books, and magazines. I searched the internet for running quotes. At racing events, I wrote down bumper stickers and sayings on shirts. I used these motivational quotes to help me stay motivated on my 11 month journey. Crazy? Maybe. But I’m proud to be a marathoner, and I hope these quotes help you in your journey as well.


“Randy has compiled some classic running quotes. On those days when you need a kick in the pants to get out the door, read a few quotes and in a moment’s time you will be out running and smiling.” —Bart Yasso

Randy Thurman, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Randy L. Thurman

Randy L. Thurman is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner® and Personal Financial Specialist. He has been in the business of asset management and retirement planning since 1986. As of December 2014, his fee-only firm, Retirement Investment Advisors, has over 700 million under management.Randy holds four degrees including an MBA from Oklahoma State University, taught Fundamentals of Investing at Oklahoma City Community College for eleven years and has conducted numerous money management seminars for adult education at various locations across the Oklahoma City metro.

As a result of his many years of dedication and commitment to excellence, Randy is frequently lauded as one of the nation’s most trusted investment advisors. He has been included six times on Worth magazine’s annual list of Top Financial Advisers in the country, four times on Medical Economics’ list of Best Financial Advisers, and three times on the Best of the U.S. list of Best Financial Advisors in the country. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs award for Outstanding CPA in Financial Planning.…