"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Spirit of the Marathon - Marathon Movie Trailer

If you only see one running related movie this next year, I highly encourage you to pick up this one.  Watch the trailer via this link:

A few weeks ago, I came across a great ebay deal.  A package of running themed movies that I had never seen.  I was targeting any of the Prefontaine films, and this one came with all of the major ones;  Without Limits, Fire on the Track and Prefontaine.  However, a fourth title was an unknown and it really stole the show at the Holcomb Film Festival; Spirit of the Marathon. Not only did it win Best Picture award here on Shady Maple Lane, but in several other events across the country. 

In short, it is a documentary style picture that follows six athletes as they prepare for the Chicago Marathon (1997 as I recall).  From world class runners (Kenyan male and Deena Kaster) to average Joes and Janes,  to the 70 year old 12 minute miler running with his daughter.  The training, the stories and the actual race footage really get you pumped to lace up the shoes and go for an extra mile or two!  In addition, the film is extremely educational.  All of the names that we associate with middle and long distance racing provide insight and history; i.e., Rodgers, Shorter, Benoit-Samuelson.  We also get to hear from Runner’s World authors, speakers and experts; i.e, The Penguin, Amby Burfoot, & Hal Higdon.  Lastly, an extremely interesting history of the marathon is provided.  

For the non-runner, the film is very entertaining (you can ask my wife).  But for anyone considering to run their first or twenty-first marathon, it is an absolutely necessary part of training.  You will be glad that you watched it.  Enjoy.  

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