Friday, January 25, 2008

Spirit of the Marathon








I went to the one-night-only showing of this movie last night with Maritza at my local theater. I will let others give a real review of the movie but let me tell you it is GREAT. Oh man what a movie!! It was very well done- great stories, great filming, great music, everything. I really enjoyed it. I would say my favorite parts were all the parts with Deena Kastor, the older gentleman who ran with his daughter, the story of the guy with the knee injury, the interviews with the legends of the sport, and the actual marathon footage. Ya, basically the whole thing. It really brought up a lot of feelings for me and it absolutely inspired me. We even stuck around till the very end (after the credits) and saw the extra footage. Overall, this movie rocked and I can't wait to see it again. They are apparently showing an encore presentation on February 21st. I will be there! (and I will get there earlier so I don't have to sit in the very front row, hehe). You all have got to see this movie.


Well back to the topic of my running, here are some training updates:


Wednesday 7.0 miles/1:02:28/8:55 average pace


I was not feeling great on Wednesday and really had to force myself out the door after work. But once I was out I felt much better! I ran the loop with the big hill and felt strong. My pace was between 910-9:40 or so until the last two miles which I ran in 8:05 and 7:47. Nice!! I finished up with a short strength session at home with free weights.


Thursday I went to the gym to swim. Brrrr. Getting in the pool is so hard when it's cold (ok, not cold-cold, but cold to me) outside and that water always feels so cold at first. Anyway, I forgot my watch but swam for 25 minutes and covered at least 1000 m. I kind of lost count but I know I did at least 20 laps. I did some freestyle, some backstroke, and some pulling. I love backstroke the bestest. :)


Friday 6.0/55:07/9:11 average pace


As inspired as I was last night after the movie, it was a struggle to get out of my warm bed at 6:00 this morning. There was supposed to be a big huge storm moving in so I had all my stuff ready to go up to the gym for a treadmill run. Well I felt a little silly when I walked outside and it was about 50 degrees and not raining... but I was all dressed for the gym (i.e., shorts and a tank top) so I just went up there anyway. 6 miles on the hamster wheel is a little much for me but I did it. I started off at 6.0 mph and increased it .1 every half mile, then I increased .1 every quarter mile during my final mile. It gave me something to focus on. So I ended up running my last .25 at 7.3 mph.


By the way, that storm still hasn't arrived and it's 9:30 am... wtf? I'm sure it will be in full force for my 12 miler tomorrow morning, greeeeeat.


So who saw the movie? Did you enjoy it?

14 comments:

Judi said...

I'd like to see the movie - any chance it'll be coming out on DVD?

jen said...

I think they said it will be out on dvd this summer sometime..

21stCenturyMom said...

I shoule have gone! I guess I'll go to the next one.


Did you see the SF Chron today? There is a Maritza on the front page who looks suspiciously like your bud.

Meredith said...

I saw the movie last night as well, it was incredible! I loved the parts with Deena Kastor - what an inspiration. I cried at the end when it showed each different person crossing the finish line! This was everything that I hoped for it to be.

I was pretty disappointed with NOVA's Marathon Challenge, but wasnt disappointed at all with this film.

The movie definitely inspired me to keep up my training efforts through these cold winter months!

RunnerGirl said...

I saw the movie last night - LOVED it! I'm totally getting the dvd when it comes out so I can watch it for inspiration whenever I want

miss petite america said...

dk is my hero. and the old guy. loved him!

Ewen said...

I've seen the trailer - it looks great. I don't think we'll be getting it down here, so I'll have to wait for the DVD.

I hope the weather was kind for your 12 miler - at least your days are getting longer.

Debbie said...

The movie was great!! Very cool.

Gotta Run said...

I went to see this movie as well and LOVED IT!!! It was like a running nerd convention. Awesome!! Everyone clapped at the end and then hung around after the movie to just talk running. What a great night.

Very inspiring!!

I would love to have seen more of Dena. Did you hear her say 150 plus miles a week. UNREAL!!!! First thing I thought it I must to more.... goes back to my ODC issues.

ShirleyPerly said...

I missed seeing the movie but can empathize with the difficulty going to an outdoor pool when it's cold outside. Once I get in, I'm fine until I have to get out. BRRRR is right!

Mir said...

I liked the movie too--I wanted more! :D I really enjoyed the deleted scenes at the end. Deena eats 5000 calories a day during marathon training--boggle! That's insane. Whenever she's not running, she must be eating. Sounds like a pretty good life. :)

P.O.M. said...

I want to see that movie now.

jahowie said...

I forgot about the movie. I hope that I get to catch the encore. I hope that you are feeling well. Nice job pushing through and getting your training in.

Chris said...

I didn't get to see the movie....the closest theaters that were showing it were in Sioux Falls or Denver, both about 6 hours away. Such is life when you live in the middle of nowhere. Guess I'll have to catch it on DVD.