Finally! Yes, finally I had the opportunity to watch Spirit of the Marathon. I read about this film through one of my favourite blogs, Running Wild, ages ago – July last year. It’s taken me so long to watch because up until recently our internet on the farm was rather slow, small and outdated. But just recently we were able to hook into superfast broadband and our download limit had gone from a hugely limiting 15gig to 100gig (and for less money). Yay!
Yes, I finally watched this film.It was a rugby night on Saturday. The Wallabys (Australia) v the All Blacks (New Zealand). A very good reason to put ear plugs in and watch a film. Pauly is a very quiet rugby watcher but his body language speaks volumes. It says When this man is watching rugby, leave him alone! Rugby to a Kiwi is not just a team of chaps throwing a ball around it is a religion that permeates the whole being. (Pfft it’s a ball game hehe and the world doesn’t stop spinning around when it’s played…but then I am the Unsporty Woman so what do I know?)
This film though…I loved it.
I loved how there were two almost separate stories. It showed two elites preparing for the Chicago Marathon along with a group of ordinary runners. It showed the struggles, joys and hopes. It showed injury from an elite perspective and from an ordinary runner’s perspective. It showed how both tried to look on the bright side.
Tears streamed down my face as one runner had to walk during part of the marathon with a running buddy talking to her, physically holding her and helping her through.
Oh my goodness. After my happy pace run last week I am more determined than ever to run Cadbury Marathon in January 2015. If you haven’t seen the film please give it a watch, it’s just so inspiring.
Rugby I don’t get, but the passion and drive of the marathon I do. I get it from the perspective of one who has trained for half marathons and I am longing to get it from the perspective of one who has trained and lined up at the start line to run 42.2kms – to become a marathoner.
Happy running 🙂
PS If you would like to be inspired by an awesome blogger and runner please visit Running Wild.
PPS If I were to run the marathon in my happy pace I’d complete it in about 4:30:00 – delightfully average and just my style!