Hey everyone and happy Friday! I hope you’re all well.
Wednesday night, my Charleston bestie Nadine and I went to see Spirit of the Marathon 2 in North Charleston. We were joined by lots of local runners- maybe 40 people or so. I think most people in the theater knew each other, but I don’t think any movies playing on Wednesday night had a huge turnout.
Spirit of the Marathon II centers around 7 runners participating in the Rome Marathon. Two of the runners (Epiphanie and Vasyl) are elites trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and five of the runners (Mimmo, Domenico, Julie, Ylenia, and Cliff) are recreational runners pursuing 26.2 for various reasons. The movie was very inspiring- of course, I am a runner and so is Nadine, so we are going to be a little biased in it, but it definitely motivated us with our own goals in running and racing.
I liked that the movie featured athletes from around the world and a variety of backgrounds. It was a little difficult reading the subtitles for those athletes whose words were subtitled, but worth it. I don’t think we always realize that when we train for a race, people from all over the country and maybe even all over the world are also out there training for it, putting in the miles when it’s difficult, waking up early, foam rolling, and nursing injuries. I love my local running community, but this made me think of runners as as worldwide community- so many different languages, ethnicities, and cultures are united by our sport. How cool is that?
The characters in the movie were relatable too- balancing running with work, children, families, loss, and the other aspects of life. I did notice that none of the characters in the movie were running for weight loss or had lost a lot of weight, which surprised me as weight loss and marathons seemed to be a theme for awhile (Remember the Biggest Loser Marathon?). That was a bit surprising, but I kinda liked that the movie didn’t potray our sport as some way to lose weight (not that you can’t lose weight running, just that the goals behind running a marathon and the goal of just losing weight aren’t always related).
Anyway- if you’re into running (or not), I’d recommend seeing the movie. I’m sure it will be out on Netflix or Hulu soon as well.
Feeling inspired by Spirit of the Marathon II, I headed out Thursday morning for a 10 miler. Thursday was the hottest day so far here in South Carolina, topping out at 97 degrees. It wasn’t the best run I’ve had, but that’s okay- it’s a training run and didn’t have to be. I started at 6 AM with the TrySports Run Clubbers and by 8 AM, I was on the interstate headed back to Rural West Ashley.
It felt good to have accomplished 10 miles before many people even woke up- but that was about all I did all day physically!
The evening after my run, I hit Earth Fare for some grocery shopping and went by Starbucks for a skinny mocha. Nadine just started working at Starbucks so I’ll definitely be stopping by to see her and let her make me some tasty drinks. I love the iced skinny mochas there and this one was just right- super cold and super strong.
Always a nice treat on long run day.
That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there- Clay and I are celebrating with his dad and family, which should be pretty fun. We’re heading to Hartsville to grill out, so I’ll update everyone on that as well. Have a good one!
I received two free tickets to Spirit of the Marathon II from Fathom Events, in exchange for promoting the event on Facebook and writing this review. However, all opinions are my own.