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Dean Karnazes Quote: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.

— Dean Karnazes



Dean Karnazes Quote: “Don’t run with your legs, run with your heart.”

Don’t run with your legs, run with your heart.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you’ll catch them.”

If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you’ll catch them.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Regardless of how distant your dreams may seem, every second counts.”

Regardless of how distant your dreams may seem, every second counts.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.”

Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Listen to everyone, follow no one.”

Listen to everyone, follow no one.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “The only one who can tell you “You can’t” is you. And you don’t have to listen.”

The only one who can tell you “You can’t” is you. And you don’t have to listen.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.”

Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “If it felt good, you didn’t push hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.”

If it felt good, you didn’t push hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”

There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Sometimes you’ve got to go through hell to get to heaven.”

Sometimes you’ve got to go through hell to get to heaven.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”

Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.”

Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.”

The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “When all else fails, start running!”

When all else fails, start running!

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary.”

I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Pain is the body’s way of ridding itself of weakness.”

Pain is the body’s way of ridding itself of weakness.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless.”

The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance? Get to know your running shoes.”

Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance? Get to know your running shoes.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I never feel more alive than when I’m in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!”

I never feel more alive than when I’m in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “The marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.”

The marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling – all that stuff. But it’s just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It’s humbling, really.”

I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling – all that stuff. But it’s just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It’s humbling, really.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I run because it always takes me where I want to go.”

I run because it always takes me where I want to go.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.”

We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Go out hard and finish harder.”

Go out hard and finish harder.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself.”

Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I love to run and I have some tips to keep it fresh and novel. I rarely use the same route twice. That keeps things new.”

I love to run and I have some tips to keep it fresh and novel. I rarely use the same route twice. That keeps things new.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn’t.”

For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn’t.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.”

If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Running is a simple, primitive act, and therein lays its power. For it is one of the few commonalities left between us as a human race.”

Running is a simple, primitive act, and therein lays its power. For it is one of the few commonalities left between us as a human race.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “A lot of ultramarathoners are soloists. They’re single and live lives off the grid.”

A lot of ultramarathoners are soloists. They’re single and live lives off the grid.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.”

Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “You cannot grow and expand your capabilities without running the risk of failure.”

You cannot grow and expand your capabilities without running the risk of failure.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.”

Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Endurance running was my passion, my ride. So here, I was in the driver’s seat, running for two days straight pushing the mental and physical limits striving to be better, to go farther, to give more.”

Endurance running was my passion, my ride. So here, I was in the driver’s seat, running for two days straight pushing the mental and physical limits striving to be better, to go farther, to give more.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Even if you’re inches away from the finish, never take success for granted.”

Even if you’re inches away from the finish, never take success for granted.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I have my whole office set-up at waist level; I don’t sit at all during the day. Sitting, to me, is the devil.”

I have my whole office set-up at waist level; I don’t sit at all during the day. Sitting, to me, is the devil.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Adventure books are my personal favorites. ‘The Endurance,’ a story about Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctica expedition, or ‘Into Thin Air,’ Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the 1996 disaster on Mt Everest, are two notables.”

Adventure books are my personal favorites. ‘The Endurance,’ a story about Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctica expedition, or ‘Into Thin Air,’ Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the 1996 disaster on Mt Everest, are two notables.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Runners are competitive folks. I think some might feel slighted they haven’t got more recognition. I think they have a point. In running, you won’t necessarily get noticed just for turning in good performances.”

Runners are competitive folks. I think some might feel slighted they haven’t got more recognition. I think they have a point. In running, you won’t necessarily get noticed just for turning in good performances.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I run with a credit card and a cell phone, so when there is not a 7-Eleven around, like some of the country roads out there, I can get him to deliver a pizza to me. And I kind of give them a coordinate, a corner.”

I run with a credit card and a cell phone, so when there is not a 7-Eleven around, like some of the country roads out there, I can get him to deliver a pizza to me. And I kind of give them a coordinate, a corner.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence. Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.”

Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence. Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I’ve raced on all seven continents at least twice. I’ve probably run thousands of races. But the single race that I’m most proud is a 10K. Yes, a 10K. I ran it with my daughter on her 10th birthday.”

I’ve raced on all seven continents at least twice. I’ve probably run thousands of races. But the single race that I’m most proud is a 10K. Yes, a 10K. I ran it with my daughter on her 10th birthday.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “When I ran across America, for 75 days I ate 10,000 calories a day. I still lost about five pounds.”

When I ran across America, for 75 days I ate 10,000 calories a day. I still lost about five pounds.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I’m not trying to take more of the pie for myself. I’m trying to make the pie larger for everyone.”

I’m not trying to take more of the pie for myself. I’m trying to make the pie larger for everyone.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I do a lot of marathons as training runs. If I’m somewhere and there’s a marathon, I’ll sign up and just go run it.”

I do a lot of marathons as training runs. If I’m somewhere and there’s a marathon, I’ll sign up and just go run it.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “I have an ElliptiGO. It’s a standup bicycle. You don’t pedal; you stride on it. It allows me to have the same striding motion as running without the impact.”

I have an ElliptiGO. It’s a standup bicycle. You don’t pedal; you stride on it. It allows me to have the same striding motion as running without the impact.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Sure I’m cut but not for the sake of vanity...”

Sure I’m cut but not for the sake of vanity...

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. If you want to talk to God, run an ultra.”

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. If you want to talk to God, run an ultra.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!” – FORREST GUMP.”

Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!” – FORREST GUMP.

— Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes Quote: “You cannot grow and expand your capabilities to their limits without running the risk of failure. And failure can provide invaluable lessons.”

You cannot grow and expand your capabilities to their limits without running the risk of failure. And failure can provide invaluable lessons.

— Dean Karnazes

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