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Motivational Running Quotes for the London Marathon

Apr 20, 2016 | Lifestyle, Running | 6 comments

MotivationalQuotes for Marathon runners

They say when you run a marathon you run the first 10 miles with your legs, the second 10 miles with your heart and the last 6 miles with your head. It’s a mental as well as physical game. As Michele say’s ‘Physical strength will get you to the start line, mental strength will get you to the finish line’. 

I rely on a couple of thoughts and quotes to get me through my long runs, and in particular through the 26.2 miles (or more) of a marathon. I thought I’d share a few of my faves to help anyone running the London Marathon on Sunday, or any future marathons!


One day you won't be able to do this. Today is NOT that day.

Some other great ones;


















The main thing with whatever quote you choose to be ‘your’ quote is that it has to mean something to you. It has to evoke an emotion in you to keep pushing forward, to continue putting one foot in front of the other, even when everything in your body is screaming at you to stop.

The most powerful of quotes will go round and round your head, strengthening your willpower and help you dig deep when it hurts.


motivational running quotes for London Marathon


motivational running quotes for London Marathon

motivational running quotes for London Marathon

What would your favourite motivational quote be? What would be the mantra that would keep you running after 20+ miles? 


  1. stevebonthrone

    My own one is that the marathon you’re about to do may be the only one you do so go out, enjoy yourself and create the amazing story that you want to share with everyone afterwards.

    The best tips I ever learned were to go to the toilet as soon as you arrive at Greenwich Park for the start and as soon as you come out, go back and join the queue again as you’ll be needing by the time you get to the top of the queue!

    The others, from the legend that is Martin Yelling are that you don’t get your medal after 2 miles, you get it after 26.2 miles so go easy at the start and, the best one, when you’re approaching the finish line, adjust your hair, wipe the snot from your face and smile, you’re about to get your photo taken 🙂

  2. Ruth

    At mile 23 of my first marathon, i read on the back of a ladies T-shirt – ‘She Believed that she could, so she did.’ This got me to the end, and I now love the quote 🙂

  3. Lisa @RunWiki

    I’m always looking for some inspiration! Pinned!


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