5 Running Videos to Inspire, Motivate and Educate You
I watched a lot of running videos this past year. From various core routines, Nike ads, or just random people posting race recaps. If you type “running” into YouTube, you’ll get about a billion results.
Every so often, when I come across a really good one, I’ll save it to my watch later list. I was browsing back through this recently, and re-watched (or in some cases watched) several of these videos.
I’m drawn to stories. I love hearing something I haven’t heard before that captures what is unique, simple, and pure about this sport. I love camera shots where it seems like you are right there… running with the people in these films.
There isn’t really a particular theme or focus to these running videos. They have just inspired, motivated, or educated me in some way about running this past year.
Below are five running videos I found in 2014 I think you will enjoy. I hope you find them as fun as I did.
Science of Marathon Running
This 7 minute video briefly shares the science behind running a marathon. It explains a bit about the history of running, and how our bodies are uniquely designed for distance running in ways other animals are not.
I remember watching this video while I was training for TCM. The graphic with the Achilles (and how they mention it is the muscle humans posses that makes us uniquely able to run long distances) kept flashing through my mind. I was (and still am) dealing with a bit of pain in that area, and seeing this finally made me take some time off.
The Runner In Winter – Anton Krupicka Running Video
Running Times correspondent Joel Wolpert caught up with trail runner Anton Krupicka to see how he runs through the Colorado winter. The soundtrack is amazing, the cinematography more so.
This interview, and subsequent scenes of winter running should inspire you to tackle whatever winter throws at you this year. Not only does Krupicka make it look incredibly cool (as in awesome), but also really easy.
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Why We Run – Salomon Running TV S3 E01
This video is an interview with Bernd Heinrich – a retired Professor living in a log cabin in the woods of Western Maine. He has held numerous running records throughout his life and has committed much of his time to the study of the natural world.
This episode of the Solomon Running TV shows him running in some incredible settings. I was most drawn to hearing him talk about all that he has learned and achieved while running.
At the beginning of the video he says he started running because,
…for some reason it just seemed more natural… unadorned and simple… it didn’t seem like a game… something I could practice at any time, in any place… I could always run.
I resonate with this because I too have always loved the uncomplicated nature of running. This is why I probably never got into other sports. Nothing beats the simplicity of throwing on a pair of shoes and heading out the door for a run.
Best Running Motivational Video – Motivation To Run
This video is a bit different from the others. It’s kind of intense, and very fast. I love it.
As the title suggests, this video will motivate you if that’s your thing. It’s a series of quick cuts of people running in all sorts of cool locations. The music is fast, and the runners are faster.
The voice over is by some pep talk from Les Brown and Eric Thomas (whoever they are). One thing that stuck with me was simply, “Why?”
Your why will change your focus.
What is your why?
I also love the line,
Sure there are times when you are gonna wanna give up… but the challenge is to hold on!
Basic Core Routine for Runners
This video is part of the strength training routine I started doing this year from Runners Connect. It is relatively simple, but incredibly powerful. If you do nothing else in regards to strength training, try doing this routine a few times a week. I promise you’ll feel like a stronger runner.
Although the video quality here is pretty bad (ok real bad, BUT they have since made a new one), the routine is solid. Since I stopped doing this after TCM, I can totally notice a difference in how I feel. I was re-watching this to help remind me that I need to find ways to get this back into a regular part of my training.
Your Running Videos?
What are some of your favorite running videos? What has inspired, motivated, or educated you to run? Share them in the comments below.