Spirit of the Marathon


What can I say?  I’ve watched this documentary 3 times now, including last night.  When you feel the need to get motivated again about our sport, watch the movie! When training is going great and you want some extra excitement about your upcoming race, watch the movie!

What this movie does for me is expand my love for the sport of running.  It offers a glimpse into the training of multiple skill level runners that are registered for the Chicago Marathon several years back.  Each has a story, each runs for a different reason or purpose.  This is true of any runner.  It gives me motivation and a look into the true heart of runners.  Why we do what we do.  It’s a truly inspirational piece.

Last night was the first time that I have watched the movie since meeting two of the men that were in it.  Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter were both in the documentary, and true heroes in our sport.  I had the pleasure of meeting both men this past April at the Blue Ridge Marathon.  They continue to inspire thousands of runners!

As I get closer and closer to running my 6th marathon this September, I am reminded and truly in awe of the inspirational stories of runners all around the globe.  We all run for a reason.  We all have purpose and dedication toward the same thing.

Why do I run marathons?  Like the movie states, running a marathon will change your life.  For me, running gives me faith, hope and renews my own spirit every day!

Have you run a marathon?  How has it changed you?

11 thoughts on “Spirit of the Marathon

  1. Loved your post! I haven’t run a marathon yet, my Husband and I did our first half not so long ago and that in itself was way out there for me. A marathon is definitely on the wish list for next year. I have heard of this moving but after reading your post I really want to watch it now! Thank you and all the very best for September.

  2. I watched that film in the run up to my first marathon on London this year, I cried with them when they finished and wondered at the time if I would cry on finishing. Running has changed me in so many ways but after the marathon I knew I was made of really tough stuff. Great blog

  3. Watched this movie in the months leading up to my first (and only) marathon, truly an inspiration. When I came to the last mile of my race, I was overcome with emotion just like so many in the movie. It may sound cheesy, but the marathon opened a window to my soul. I changed the moment I crossed that line – a true great moment in my life!

  4. How come I hadn’t heard of this movie?!?! I’ll check it out!

    I ran my first ever marathon last year in November. I enjoyed the experience but due to an unusually hot (85′) day, I didn’t get the results I was looking for. I plan in breaking the 4 hour barrier this time around!

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