Grit Republic is a state of mind. A state that is continuously evolving, fed by all the inspirational stories of the greater running community. The Lexicon is an ever expanding list of motivational quotes and inspiring lines of thought and is meant as both a source of inspiration as well as a tribute to all those beautiful memories running has to offer.


Athletics is a luxury.

Roger Bannister


I'm a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.

Desiderius Erasmus

Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong.

Charles Handy

Every good citizen adds to the strength of a nation.

Gordon B. Hickley

Citizens are not born, but made.

Baruch Spinoza


Confidence is not some nonphysical quality snatched from the spiritual dimension and installed in the mind. It is the feeling that arises when the body’s knowledge of itself is in harmony with a person’s dreams.

Matt Fitzgerald


The characteristic shared by people at the top of their profession is that, to get better, they crave criticism. Most people don't like criticism, but if you are trying to shave two tenths of a second at 800 metres, that is what you crave.

Sebastian Coe

Cross Country

We need to take sport out there and encourage more kids into it. At the minute, cross country is looked upon as a punishment at school. It shouldn't be like that. It should be fun.

Paula Radcliffe


The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee


The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.

Herb Elliot


Devotion is a long and lonely road of which you don't know where it will bring you until you walk it.



When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.

Haile Gebrselassie


Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

Wilma Rudolph

Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet others’ expectations. Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams.

Meb Keflezighi

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

A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket.

Emil Zatopek


Those who never run long distance or meditate in their lifetimes, miss out on the best free drugs the planet has to offer.

Robert Black


There's nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.

Richard Branson


Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

John Ruskinne


Running every day is a kind of lifeline for me, so I'm not going to lay off or quit just because I'm busy. If I used being busy as an excuse not to run, I'd never run again. I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished.

Haruki Murakami


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Thomas A. Edison


I will run with perfect style when they start judging races for their beauty, like figure-skating. For now, I just want to run as fast as possible.

Emil Zatopek


Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other.

Sam Mussabini


But as I continued to run, my body started to accept the fact that it was running, and I could gradually increase the distance. I was starting to acquire a runner's form.

Haruki Murakami


I go my rounds in a dream, turning at lane or footpath corners without knowing I’m turning, leaping brooks without knowing they’re there, and shouting good morning to the early cow-milker without seeing him. It’s a treat, being a long-distance runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do or that there’s a shop to break and enter a bit back from the next street. Sometimes I think that I’ve never been so free as during that couple of hours when I’m trotting up the path out of the gates and turning by that bare-faced, big-bellied oak tree at the lane end.

Alan Sillitoe


The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X


A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself.

Deena Kastor


Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Angela Duckworth

What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace. 

Meryl Streep


Athletics is not so much about the legs. It’s about the heart and mind.

Eliud Kipchoge


Hills are speed work in disguise.

Frank Shorter


Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.

Michael Johnson's trainer


I hope I will inspire young people to keep going and older people never to give up.

Fauja Singh

In a country where only men are encouraged, one must be one's own inspiration.

Tegla Loroupe


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

William Osler


I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited.

Eliud Kipchoge


There's a difference between hurting when you lose and being a bad loser. You don't compete at the highest level of sport to feel comfortable about losing, but you behave in a civil way when it goes wrong because that is the flip side.

Sebastian Coe


Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count.

Barry Magee

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

Frank Shorter

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.

Emil Zatopek


The act of running is meaningless. It’s what you get out of it that is invaluable. Because no one really cares if you run faster or slow or really at all. No one is watching like you are. You have to do it for yourself. You have to know what you’re demanding of yourself. It’s learning how to care for yourself even when you don’t think you deserve it. Finding the balance between pushing yourself and being gentle.

Tessa Jane Kalinosky


It's amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile.

Roger Bannister

Take the great example of the four-minute mile. One guy breaks it, then all of a sudden everyone breaks it. And they break it in such a short period of time that it can't be because they were training harder. It's purely that it was a psychological barrier, and someone had to show them that they could do it.

Malcolm Gladwell

It's never crowded along the extra mile.

Wayne Dyer


It's just that for some reason I never cared all that much whether I beat others or lost to them. This sentiment remained pretty much unchanged after I grew up. It doesn't matter what field you're talking about—beating somebody else just doesn't do it for me. I'm much more interested in whether I reach the goals that I set for myself, so in this sense long-distance running is the perfect fit for a mindset like mine.

Haruki Murakami


I don't want to be obsessed about pace and splits. I love running for the right reasons. I want to battle the other athletes out there.

Deena Kastor



I'm no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary—or perhaps more like mediocre—level. But that's not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.

Haruki Murakami


Smile when it hurts most.

Daniel Komen


I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise… it's a consistent reward for victory!

Sasha Azevedo

Passion is a choice. You need to choose to be great. It's not a chance, it's a choice.

Eliud Kipchoge


You can't change the past, you have to come to terms with it.

Paula Radcliffe


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

Sebastian Coe


Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.

Frank Lloyd Wright


Finland has produced so many brilliant distance runners because back home it costs $2.50 a gallon for gas.

Esa Tikkannen

Runner's blues

A sense of disappointment set in that all my hard work wasn't paying off, that there was something obstructing me, like a door that was usually open suddenly slammed in my face. I named this condition runner's blues.

Haruki Murakami


Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

Oprah Winfrey

I've been arrested 17 times for running. Not only in Spokane, but in Pullman, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo. It was hard to be a runner back then because people just did not run on the street in the early 60s. It just wasn't done.

Gerry Lindgren

If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else.

C.S. Lewis

No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is too much anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.

Arthur Lydiard

It could all end tomorrow, so enjoy what you have and never take it for granted. And never forget to take an easy run for yourself once in a while and just remember why you love to run.

Dathan Ritzenhein

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

Christopher McDougall


When I'm out for a morning jog in Central Park, they're just gentle slopes that never give me any trouble, but in the final leg of the marathon, they're like a wall standing there in front of the runner.

Haruki Murakami


The desire in me to be alone hasn't changed. Which is why the hour or so I spend running, maintaining my own silent, private time, is important to help me keep my mental well-being. When I'm running I don't have to talk to anybody and don't have to listen to anybody. All I need to do is gaze at the scenery passing by. This is a part of my day I can't do without.

Haruki Murakami


In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.

Nelson Mandela


Looking on the bright side, I know that often from frustration and disappointment like this comes a strength that often surprises me once I get back training and racing.

Paula Radcliffe


Stumbling is not falling.

Malcolm X


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


There are three reasons I failed. Not enough training. Not enough training. And not enough training.

Haruki Murakami


If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him by surprise.

P.Z. Pearce


The trophy is earned in the hours that no one is watching.



To tell the truth, I don't even think there's that much correlation between my running every day and whether or not I have a strong will. I think I've been able to run for more than twenty years for a simple reason: It suits me.

Haruki Murakami