We love a good running-inspired tattoo almost as much as we love nailing a tempo run, a post-run nap, and the feeling of brand new shoes. And, apparently, so do many of you.

In a recent Facebook post, we asked you to show us your share images of your running tattoos, and boy did you deliver! Here’s a look at some of the many examples of inspirational and creative running tattoos out there in the AMR community. 


Angela F.

“My mantra when I run and feel challenged? ‘Just breathe'”. —Angela F. 

Holly S.

“If you look closely, the swirls form a 26.2, and there are 3 stars for my 3 marathons.” —Holly S.

Kara Z.

“This is the outline of my finish line photo from a half-marathon. The line ‘and miles to go’  commemorate my love of reading as well.” —Kara Z. 

Crystal P.

“I got this after my first marathon. Psalm 26:2, which reads, ‘Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.’”  —Crystal P. 

Genelle T.

Alis volat propriis means ‘she flies with her own wings.’ It is also the state motto of Oregon, where I live.”                          Genelle T. 

Natalie D.

“What does this represent to me? Sometimes your run is easy, sometimes you go beast mode.” —Natalie D. 

Shannon G.

“I’ve run four of the six world majors. Two to go!” —Shannon G. 


Kimberly H.

“I recently got this piece on my thigh to commemorate my love of Disney and my first RunDisney challenge weekend after three years of trying to make it happen.”  —Kimberly H.

Sandy B.

“My cheetah running buddy I take with me everywhere I go. It is also my reminder of Hebrews 12:1, ‘…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’  —Sandy B.


“This combines my love of running and my love of Friends.” —Amy F.

Melissa C.

“This is on my left forearm. It’s blue because my race was the California International Marathon and their logo is  blue.            —Melissa C.

“My phoenix with a nod to my running.” —Reneé P.

“Do they make me faster? No, but they give people something to remember when you come up behind me to pass!” —Joanna T.

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“Got these beauts after a major meniscal repair. They symbol rebirth for the next phase of running.”—Susan G.

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“And miles to go before I sleep…” —Susan B.

“My sea turtle, because I’m turtle slow but I get it done. 26.2 and 50K will be added to the petals as soon as I can get to a tattoo artist.” —Deirdre D.

“It began from running. I drew an arrow on my hand to remember to just move forward. This means to me ‘when the path is uncertain, faith moves us forward.'”  —Jennifer M.

“Life is an adventure! I love to hike and run and my life is a constant adadventure.” —Jennifer S.

“All my race accomplishments. The daisy is laid out as a ’10’ for my first 10 mile race, plus 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2, and Ragnar in here. I suppose it might be time to get a new accomplishment so I can add it and get it all touched up.” —Allison H.

“My first official distance event was a color run.” —Cheryl B.

Tell us: If you could get any running tattoo, what would you get, and why?