Top 25 motivational Track and Field quotes for the new year

Track and Field for the 2023 season will be here before you know it, many of Idaho's runners are busy competing in various sports during the winter season and others are hard at work training for the upcoming season. Although you need to have your body physically ready to compete at a high level , keeping your mind right and staying motivated is just as important. As a former athlete myself I know a good quote before a big race could set the tone for me. As a coach finding the right quote before a track meet was key to give your athletes that extra motivation. Below Milesplit as compiled the top 25 Motivational quotes to give you inspiration for the track season. 


Sophia Clark , Boise Senior High School Photo by Michael Najera

What's your Motivation?

Here are 25 motivational track and field quotes brought to you by Milesplit Idaho:

  1. "The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible." - Joel Brown
  2. "The more I run, the more I like it, and the more I like myself." - Patience Lister
  3. "If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon." - Emil Zatopek
  4. "The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose." - Ernie Banks
  5. "The only real limitation is the one you set for yourself." - Muhammad Ali
  6. "The real glory is being knocked to your feet and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it." - Vince Lombardi
  7. "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford
  8. "The more I train, the more I realize that it's not about the medals. It's about the journey and the person I become." - Allyson Felix
  9. "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." - John Bingham
  10. "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does." - Serena Williams
  11. "Don't worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow." - Oprah Winfrey
  12. "The only true limitation is the one you set for yourself." - Usain Bolt
  13. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." - Steve Jobs
  14. "The only thing that matters is the finish line." - Mary Cain
  15. "You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe
  16. "The only real limitation is the one you set for yourself." - Ashton Eaton
  17. "The more you dream, the farther you get." - Michael Phelps
  18. "If you want to succeed, you have to let failure be your best friend!" - Yorck Segatz
  19. "You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning." - Billy Wilder
  20. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis
  21. "The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." - Barack Obama
  22. "The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pele
  23. "The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday." - Unknown
  24. "The biggest thrill wasn't in winning on the field but in surviving." - Lou Gehrig
  25. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." - C.S. Lewis