I read a review on the documentary Marathon Challenge last week and decided I had to watch it for myself.
The movie brought me back to my “No Excuses” post. It starts by choosing 13 participants from all different backgrounds to see if they can run the Boston Marathon. There were a few team members that really inspired me:
- Betsey Powers started the process 70 pounds overweight. She had a traumatic experience a few years before and had gone through a divorce so really needed something to get her moving. Within a few weeks, she lost 45 pounds and became the fastest female runner on the team.
- Larry Haydu suffered from a heart attack while shoveling snow one winter. He then became active to try to maintain a healthy heart, but started to slow down. When training, he expressed concern (along with his family and doctor) about running outdoors in the cold. I complain about not wanting to run in the cold, but I have no bad memories to haunt me. Great guy.
- Daniel Williams had been HIV positive for 13 years at the time of filming. He decided to join Team NOVA to prove that the virus does not have to get in the way of having a healthy, active life. His passion for life really amazed me.
- Of course, Uta Pippig, was an inspiration. As a coach for the team and a marathon champion, she really was able to get the team moving. I can only hope to reach her level someday!
Anyone who thinks they can’t run a marathon (or any race) should watch this film. It was so great to watch Team NOVA reach the finish line; it really gets you thinking that all you need is dedication and motivation.
Check it out! I rented it from my local library, but for more information, visit their site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/marathon-challenge.html.
How about you? Have you had any major challenges/obstacles that you had to overcome that helped motivate you to start running?