The marathon is inspiring. Training for a marathon, on the other hand, can be arduous and time-consuming and even monotonous. Grinding out the miles, day after day after week after month, can cause any runner’s enthusiasm to occasionally wane.
If you need a little inspiration for your marathon training — or any running regimen, for that matter — you have my permission to skip today’s run (as long as it’s not your weekly long run — NEVER skip the long run!) and Netflix instead.
From the company that introduced me to marathon sessions of “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter,” comes an actual marathon movie, an inspirational (yes, I know I’ve used that word three times in the first three paragraphs) documentary entitled “Spirit of the Marathon.” I’ve watched this on DVD more than once, but I’m already looking forward to watching it again on Netflix. How did I not know that this was available?
I just learned this morning. Thanks to Beth, who blogs at Shut Up and Run, for the tip. Beth offers 6 Ways to Recapture Your Running Motivation. Among them:
Go to Netflix – Movies can motivate. Seeing and learning about someone else’s story and how they persevered is relatable. Use the energy and inspiration from those who have worked hard for their goals. The Spirit of the Marathon is a favorite of mine because it highlights the elites, but also us normal Joes and Josephines.
“Spirit of the Marathon” follows six runners as they train for and race the Chicago Marathon … from Olympian Deena Kastor to veteran marathoners to a couple of first-time marathoners. You can read about them here. Their stories, their perseverance, their personal triumph will kick-start your own running.
The film’s website offers this summary:
The film is a must see for anyone thinking about running a marathon and anyone who has run one or more. It’s also a must see for anyone wondering why thousands of people spend many months training for such an event. It celebrates the history and heroes of the sport and examines the personalities and training methods of the participants.
Here’s the trailer.
Not planning to run a marathon? By the end of this movie, you’ll change your mind.