Athletes Track & Field Motivational Quotes

"Often I visualize a quicker, like almost a ghost runner, ahead of me with a quicker stride. It's really crazy. In races, this always happens to me. I see the vision of a runner ahead of me, maybe just 15, 20 meters ahead of me, and the cadence of that runner, which is actually me in the future, is a little quicker, so if I am going (his rhythm/breathing), then my ghost runner, the vision of me, ahead of me, like opening up and just going for it, is quicker".
Gabe Jennings


The only one who can beat me is me.
Michael Johnson




Mind is everything: muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.
Paavo Nurmi


I am now a legend. I am also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson.
Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics


The battles that count aren`t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that`s where it`s at.
Jesse Owens


My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: "Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.
Carl Lewis



Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
Michael Johnson


Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.
Lynn Jennings


You must see yourself run the race over and over, time and time again. You must put yourself in critical positions and see how you would react in those positions before the race so when and if they do happen, the feedback is automatic.
Rodney Milburn


My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.
Edwin Moses


To be number one, you have to train like you're number two.
Maurice Greene


It was not perfect but I am very happy. It could have been better, but I am now looking forward to my second race of the season.
Usain Bolt


One chance is all you need.
Jesse Owens

  power of belief


A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.
Steve Prefontaine


It's the road signs, 'Beware of lions.'
Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, explaining why his country produces so many great runners


When you envision yourself doing something, you’ll be surprised at how much that helps you to actually do it.
Selim Nurudeen


I think the greatest amount of pressure is the pressure I place on myself. So in a way I chose to be alone.
Cathy Freeman


I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.
Jesse Owens


Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I dont listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
Carl Lewis

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All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired.
Brendan Foster


Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.
Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner


Few of us know what we are capable of doing... we have never pushed ourselves hard enough to find out. Alfred A. Montapert


They think because I am small, they can do what they want to do to me. But I am not weak. If I lower my shoulder and they lower they're shoulder, they're going to go down.
Michael Johnson


You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.
Cathy Freeman


Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.
PattiSue Plumer


The art form is to become one with the hurdle, to make it your friend, and I embraced that process.
Renaldo Nehemiah, 3-time world record breaker in 110m hurdles


I am going to go and leave my blood all over the track.
Nick Rogers


The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy... It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.
Jacqueline Gareau


No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable.
Roger Bannister


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain


People could see in me who I am now, an Olympic champ, the best in the world.
Cathy Freeman


You have to take a leap of faith to realize a dream, and this is something that a lot of people aren't willing to do.
Ron Bramlett


All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.
Sebastian Coe


The important thing was that I got the win. It's good for confidence and the season.
Usain Bolt


You’re a dancer; don’t strain, don’t force it. Be one with the hurdle, let it happen, relax while running fast.
Renaldo Nehemiah


Find the good. It`s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you`ll start believing in it.
Jesse Owens


In order to be great, you have to learn from greatness, which is what I have tried to do.
David Oliver


The ultimate winners are willing to take ultimate risks.
Brooks Johnson


If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didnt run hard enough.
Steve Jones


I never really worried about those hurdles. They were just standing there, and I was always zooming past them just to get back on the ground again.
Rodney Milburn


A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
Jesse Owens


I believe you make life what you want it to be; you can reach goals you never thought you could if you keep at it.
Mike Shine


Run so hard you come in with bloody feet and missing toenails.
Rob De Castella


The key thing in the hurdles is that it’s a development event. You might not do a damn thing one year, and then things just click. You really can’t discount athletes who may not stand out immediately. It may take two or three years for an athlete to develop.
Kevin Young


Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.
Michael Johnson


If you’re afraid of falling, hitting your knees, afraid of the obstacle, or of any other obstacles in your life, don’t try the hurdles.
Reggie Towns



Every hurdler I know has hit a hurdle hard, or fell over one. . . . Don’t be afraid to fall, because you’re going to. It’s what you do afterwards that matters.
Laron Bennett


The first thing a hurdler learns is how to fall.
Tonie Campbell


We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Jesse Owens


To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who has never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
Jerome Drayton


Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.
Michael Johnson’s trainer


The gun goes off and everything changes... the world changes... and nothing else really matters.
Patti Sue Plummer


There is the truth about the marathon and very few of you have written the truth. Even if I explain to you, you'll never understand it, you're outside of it.
Douglas Wakiihuri


Hurdlers are sprinters with a problem. They're not satisfied just to sprint. Anybody can sprint, some not as well as others of course, but anybody can sprint. Not everybody can run hurdles. There's an extra dimension involved. Hurdlers would make a good subject for a thesis in psychology - they are of apersuasion that just needs an extra dimension.
Denny Moyer


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain