35 Motivational Dean Karnazes Quotes For Success In Life

Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner, and author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, which details ultra-endurance running for the general public. These Dean Karnazes quotes will motivate you.

Best Dean Karnazes Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  3. “I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  4. “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
  5. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ~ Dean Karnazes

  6. “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
  7. “Most dreams die a slow death. They’re conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral. People who’ve lost their own dreams become pessimists and cynics. They feel like the time and devotion spent on chasing their dreams were wasted. The emotional scars last forever.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  8. “I wasn’t born with any innate talent. I’ve never been naturally gifted at anything. I always had to work at it. The only way I knew how to succeed was to try harder than anyone else. Dogged persistence is what got me through life. But here was something I was half-decent at. Being able to run great distances was the one thing I could offer the world. Others might be faster, but I could go longer. My strongest quality is that I never give up.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  9. “I wasn’t born with any innate talent. I’ve never been naturally gifted at anything. I always had to work at it. The only way I knew how to succeed was to try harder than anyone else. Dogged persistence is what got me through life. But here was something I was half-decent at. Being able to run great distances was the one thing I could offer the world. Others might be faster, but I could go longer. My strongest quality is that I never give up.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  10. “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” ~ Dean Karnazes

  11. “We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  12. “Don’t run with your legs, run with your heart.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  13. “I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  14. “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
  15. “Unless you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not living to the fullest. You can’t be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven’t pushed hard enough.”” ~ Dean Karnazes Quotes
  16. “Running unites us and brings us together because, in the words of the great Bill Rogers, “We sweat the same. We struggle the same.” 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. 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
  17. “Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  18. “Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  19. “There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  20. “Sometimes you’ve got to go through hell to get to heaven.” ~ Dean Karnazes

  21. “As long as my heart’s still in it, I’ll keep going. If the passion’s there, why stop?… There’ll likely be a point of diminishing returns, a point where my strength will begin to wane. Until then, I’ll just keep plodding onward, putting one foot in front of the other to the best of my ability. Smiling the entire time.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  22. “I eat nothing that’s processed or refined – no high-fructose corn syrup, no sugar, no trans-fats. I eat a lot of fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil and nuts. A lot of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. No bread. No gluten. No wheat. No rice.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  23. “The only one who can tell you “You can’t” is you. And you don’t have to listen.-Nike” ~ Dean Karnazes
  24. “Awakenings are always terrifying as they force you to realize your past has been lived in confinement, the most disturbing part is when you recognize that the shackle holding you down are largely once you have placed upon yourself, the prison is self constructed” ~ Dean Karnazes
  25. “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
  26. “Never, however, do I take shortcuts. There is not path of least resistance in my training. What I do equates to hard manual labor, disciplined grunt work. Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself. You might be able to fool some people, but you can never fool yourself. Your toughest critic is the one you face every morning in the mirror.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  27. “How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line.” ~ Dean Karnazes Quotes
  28. “When all else fails, start running!” ~ Dean Karnazes

  29. “Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance? Get to know your running shoes.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  30. “For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn’t.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  31. “If it felt good, you didn’t push hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  32. “I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary.” ~ Dean Karnazes
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you’ll catch them.” ~ Dean Karnazes

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