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Best of Bart Yasso Running Quotes

Bart Yasso is the Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World magazine and author of the running Book, My Life on the Run.

The following are my favorite Bart Yasso running quotes.

And when I started running, I started dreaming. It couldn’t be helped. The mind works as hard as the body does during exercise. It knows its role during those lonely interludes—to inspire, analyze, and fantasize.

Winning is a nice reward—don’t get me wrong—but glory isn’t the payoff. This may sound cliché, but the reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the dream. It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward.

The acceptance of all abilities is what differentiates running from every other sport. In football, there are 22 people on the field and 60,000 in the stands. It’s the opposite in running. Everyone’s on the field and in the fold.

Running is about acceptance—of yourself and others. When you’re out on the trail sweating, it doesn’t matter if the guy or gal next to you works at a fast food joint or is CEO. It’s doesn’t matter what color they are, or how old they are, or what religion they practice, if any.

I know I feel more like myself when I run, even if it’s only a few miles, or at least I feel like the self I like best. Running inspires creativity, relieves stress, and gives us insight into ourselves and the world, making the human condition more tolerable.

Funny Running Quotes on Runners T-shirts

From the back of a T-shirt at 1993 NYC marathon

I may be slow but I am faster than you.

The best T-shirt I have ever heard about was from a friend, who while struggling to a 6+-hour NYC marathon finish, had to laugh when passed at around 24 miles by by a runner, the back of whose T-shirt read,

“Now You’re Last!”

Running Quote From George S. Patton

George Patton was a great American Soldier but most people don’t know he was also an Olympian. During the WWII he was criticised for his win at all cost/outer aggressive nature (He slapped a soldier on a sick bed, he later admitted he thought the soldier was just faking sickness) but we can learn from his positive philosophy. One of my favourite quote by Patton has to be the following quote.

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Running Quote: Running When Injured

If  you are injured and wondering whether it’s safe to run with an injured ankle, leg or knee, you may find this quote helpful.

“When I was 37, I pulled a groin muscle, and I tried to run through it. A friend asked, ‘You have to decide: Are you going to run for the next two weeks or for the rest of your life?’ Thats been my philosophy ever since.” Richard Hillested, 66, finisher of more than 75 marathons and Ultras.