I am absolutely hooked on running films. They inspire me, they encourage me, and strangely they make me weepy. I'm not exactly sure why running films affect me so deeply on an emotional level, but they absolutely do. I think it may be because they remind me of how far I've come.
These films bring back that surge of emotion I felt at the end of my first 5k. That sense of accomplishment I felt after my first marathon. That feeling of conquering my inner fat chick I experienced after my fastest 5k. Running films also remind me of how much more I am capable of still. They make me want to stretch myself, to keep reaching, keep pushing my limits in my running. Whatever the reason, I love them!
The other day I got Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days from Netflix. I have read both of Dean Karnazes books and absolutely loved this documentary. I cannot recommend it enough. Dean ran 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days...WOW. Inspiration squared.
Then today I watched Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix instant play. I was weepy in the first minute! LOVED it. It made me want to run another marathon. I'll stick to my half training for now...but these films have given me the itch again, shh, don't tell hubby.
Then, someone on Twitter recommended Hood to Coast. From hoodtocoastmovie.com:
Hood To Coast follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. Each year 1000 teams (12,000 runners) in 2000 vans cover 197 grueling miles as a relay team, putting themselves through an arduous physical journey that as an individual would be impossible. Some run to test their personal limits, some to overcome personal obstacles, and
others leap in blindly looking for a way to shake up a complacent life. As we follow these four teams, we realize that winning isn’t everything in a documentary that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary.
I cannot wait to see this!
Hood To Coast Trailer from HoodToCoastMovie on Vimeo.
I have been struggling a little the past 2 weeks with my running mojo. My hip was acting up and I have been questioning whether I'm really meant for distance running.These films reminded me why I run. They made me feel deep down to my toes my love of running again. They absolutely have me raring to go on my half training. Just what I needed, just when I needed it!
Do you have any favorite running films I should know about?