10 Great Pinterest Quotes for Ultra Runners

Trail Running

Here are our top ten favorite Pin­ter­est quotes for ultra run­ners. The quotes tend to be obscure, strange, hard­core, or some com­bi­na­tion of the above—much like those of us who are attract­ed to this often pecu­liar, always gru­el­ing sport.

 “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”

We’re all afraid at some point of the enor­mi­ty of the goals we’ve set—some of us more often than others—but that’s part of the thrill.

 “I’m not train­ing to be skin­ny. I’m train­ing to be badass.”

Tran­si­tion­ing to ultra run­ning enabled me to tran­si­tion from see­ing run­ning as a means of stay­ing thin, to see­ing run­ning as a mode of trans­porta­tion into my soul. How deep can I go? I’m will­ing to bet I’m not alone.

 “Because we’re lov­ing every won­der­ful, hor­ri­ble minute of this.”

At any giv­en moment in an ultra race (or when train­ing for one) there are many hand­fuls of things to com­plain about for every one thing to be thank­ful about. But the good things are enough to keep us going. Every time.


 “Today is your day! Your moun­tain is wait­ing. So…get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss prob­a­bly meant this line as a metaphor, but if tak­en lit­er­al­ly it’s clear­ly intend­ed for ultra runners.


 “The best pace is sui­cide pace, and today is a good day to die.”

Some may argue that ultra run­ners most cer­tain­ly aren’t run­ning fast enough (even the win­ners) to be con­sid­ered ‘sui­cide pace,’ since the speak­er of this quote, Steve Pre­fontaine, ran the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races and was most like­ly direct­ly refer­ring to him­self. How­ev­er, any­one who’s read and learned about Steve Pre­fontaine knows that his atti­tude and approach toward run­ning (and life) was very much that of an ultra run­ner. Had Pre­fontaine lived to be an old man, I have no doubt he would have at least dab­bled in ultra run­ning and, very like­ly, he would have dom­i­nat­ed it.

 “Run when you can; walk when you have to; crawl when you must; just nev­er give up.”

Ultra run­ning great Dean Kar­nazes wrote this in his book Ultra Marathon Man in ref­er­ence to one of his races where he was reduced to actu­al­ly crawl­ing. He fin­ished that race. Some didn’t. No one is going to call you weak for crawl­ing at mile 96 in a 100 mile race, because you’re still mov­ing for­ward; you’re still on your way to fin­ish­ing!

 “Respect the dis­tance or the dis­tance won’t respect you! It will eat you up, spit you out, and make you beg for mercy.” 

There’s noth­ing to get cocky about with ultra dis­tances; even the best end up crawl­ing some­times (see above).

 “I nev­er ran a thou­sand miles. I could nev­er do that. I ran one mile a thou­sand times.” 

Don’t think of the entire distance—neither how much you have cov­ered nor how much you have left. Think only of your next short goal—the bend in the trail, the hill in the dis­tance, the next aid sta­tion. Don’t let your mind wan­der far­ther than your eyes can see. 

 “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.”

Very well said David Gog­gins.


 “Only those who will risk going too far can pos­si­bly find out how far one can go.”

Although T.S. Eliot was like­ly not think­ing of run­ning when he wrote these words, he could­n’t have bet­ter cap­tured the essence of why ultra run­ners do what they do. We’re all search­ing for some­thing with­in our­selves; most of us want to know just how deep our well is.

By Audra Run­dle