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The Stories Behind 5 Of The Most Motivating Running Quotes

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Runners often need a bit of inspiration. It’s not easy to get out of bed in the morning and go for an early Saturday long run or to dig deep for that last kick during the closing mile of a race that seems like it will never end. Powerful words of wisdom can provide that nudge needed to help in your personal battle for strength. We rounded up five of the top motivational quotes and did some research to provide you with their background, so you can learn a little more about the people who coined the phrases that push you.

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Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta is the freelance web editor for Women's Running. A freelance journalist, she is the assistant editor at LAVA Magazine and has written for espnW, ELLE, Men's Journal, VICE Sports, Health and more. Find her online at and on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.