movie review

when i found out that our half-marathon instructor at the store would be showing this movie…


…to his clinic members, i couldn’t believe my lucky ears! i’ve been itching to see this running-themed documentary since it first came out in 2007. unfortunately, i was working the night of their movie-watching or i would have totally crashed their party, but luckily, derek owns the spirit of the marathon, and even MORE wonderful is that he was very willing to lend me his dvd over easter weekend.

good friday evening, after a hard day of organizing and cleansing [um, ok….i actually did not start cleaning until 3 pm. i got about 2/5 of what i had anticipated doing, done. what can i say? among other diversions (coffee with kate!), my creative powers were on HIGH, and blog ideas were oozing from my fingertips – i couldn’t let that momentum slip away. and i DID make noticeable cleaning progress…now i’ll just have more *fun* for another day] i rewarded myself with a movie night.

i love running stories. i don’t think i have watched a running documentary since january 2011 when i watched the dvd the long green line, lent to me by gina. [here is my blog entry about that film. tangent – wordpress is really cool -> did you know that it has an inner google system – i can just type in key words, like “running, movie, gina” and it will deliver the blog post i am looking for. genius! after 600+ blog posts, i am very grateful for this feature].

back to spirit of the marathon…oh, what a touching and exciting movie! if you are a runner, you will be inspired by the training aspect (the film follows 5-6 marathoners as they prep for the chicago ‘thon; a couple are first-timers, two are elites – deena kastor seems like such a sweet person). if running is not your *thang,* you will appreciate the life lessons of perseverance, goal-setting, and benefits of group support. i dare you to finish the movie with dry eyes! (and it was the back-of-the-pack finishers who choked me up rather than the elites – their stunning finishes will send shivers down your spine). dad – there is even a father-daughter combo older than us who finish hand-in-hand!

movie rating: ***1/2 (three point five stars) out of a possible four.

i can see why derek has this dvd in his library. it’d be great viewing for the night before a big race. might this be a christmas list item for next december???!

final thought: spirit of the marathon is the perfect name for this documentary. watching it reminds us of just how running is a metaphor for life, and how completing a marathon is not purely a physical feat.

what’s your favourite type of documentary? i like anything involving people. wordplay was neat, as was mad hot ballroom. i avoid any animal kingdom or military/war stuff, though.

any other running-themed movie recommendations? run fatboy run was pretty amusing; believe it or not, i am not that huge a fan of “run, forrest, run.”


today marks the half way point of the blogging from a-z challenge! hey, this is a cool coincidence: the blogging challenge includes writing 26 blog posts; running a marathon involves finishing 26 miles!

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  • g2-55680831163e76fec0743a15184137d2  On April 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Would love to see spirit of the marathon. I also love mountain climbing adventures of the National Geographic variety. My latest movie was Sunday. I watched Confessions of a Shopaholic. (Almost wrote shoplifter which would be a different story entirely). I enjoyed it. Light but entertaining.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      glad you got another movie finished for your movie goal! i have been talking about the shopaholic books with a friend of mine…i was not a fan when i tried one; maybe i would enjoy the movie more?? glad you had fun watching it! i think you would really like “spirit of the marathon,” johanna – you’ll be inspired.

  • Arlee Bird  On April 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I’ve often used the analogy of the marathon to describe the A to Z Challenge. I’m not a runner myself because of a heart problem, but I do like to walk long distances. I also enjoy documentaries–all kinds, but especially those dealing with history.

    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

      oh, i like the idea of relating our a-z challenge to a marathon – you are right, there are many similarities! glad you can get out for long walks – that’s a very enjoyable form of fitness, too.

  • Stephanie  On April 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Oh dear. I totally trashed marathons on my blog today. I hope that you’ll love me anyway. I probably won’t be watching this movie…but i’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      ok, i had to go read your post and comment before responding, here. loved your comments on the marathon, and yes, we are still bosom blog buddies. this is one topic on which we just have different points of view (zombies being another – haha!).

  • Gina Unger  On April 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    oops. forgot to give you specific titles of other good running movies: Without Limits; Prefontaine; Running Brave; Saint Ralph; and Chariots of Fire (of course!) these are the movies we own. πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      oh, i totally understand jeff’s emotions! i do not cry easily at movies, and i teared up easily. totally want to see without limits, pre…saint ralph was AWESOME!!! glad you have found some docs that you enjoy, too!

  • Gina Unger  On April 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    too awesome! Jeff owns this movie too! i walked in on him watching it for the ?!th time while working out on his bike trainer a few months ago, tears steaming down his face. i have yet to watch it but will love it i’m sure. he’s got a number of running movies, actually… wish we lived closer to loan easier!
    as for doc’s… would never slate myself as a big fan but always tend to like them when i see them. rented “oceans” and “deep blue” from the library to watch as a family and was blown away by the amazing photography. HIGHLY recommend watching. Pierce Brosnan narrates and the focus is towards sustaining life on this planet – greener living.

  • strivingcynic  On April 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow. Speaking of endurance, 600 posts! On one hand, I know you posted every day last year, but wow… I just hit 200.
    Spirit of the marathon sounds really good. I do like the “following people around as they…” type of movie (like “spellbound” about the spelling bee).

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

      spellbound was one of my favourite docs, ever. that and “super size me!’ i think you’d like “spirit of the marathon,” zo – let me know if you ever get a chance to see it. i wonder if either of us will ever hit 1000 posts?!!

  • Lisa  On April 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I’m not really into running docs…but Joe is! We recently watched Hood to Coast and that was enjoyable. I usually love anything that is informative without being boring and weaves in interesting stories of people!

    Glad you had a chance to see a good one! I’ll have to suggest it to Joe!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

      i do remember when you mentioned seeing the hood to coast doc – i would love to see it. you bring up a key point – the doc must not be boring!! succinct editing is important! joe would love “spirit of the marathon,” i am sure – do watch it with him, too!

  • Juanita  On April 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Documentary movies can be so great. We have one at home about the world of Barbershop (surprise!) that I really enjoy. Chris and I know a lot of the people in the movie but I only knew them as performers. The movie shows their real lives and how difficult it is to win that world championship. If you are ever in the mood for a singing based movie, give American Harmony a try. And try to spot Chris in it. πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

      oh, i would love to borrow that barbershop doc, juanita! esp since chris is in it. and i could learn about the world of barbershop – that would be cool! movies where there is a competition factor involved (ie winning something) increase the interest level, too. and that is so neat that you knew others in the doc, too!

  • sultanhaider  On April 14, 2012 at 7:16 am

    yes this is very good movie.
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