Marathon Road and what we can learn from it

Tonight I stumbled upon a video called Marathon Road. Lasting just over ten minutes, this is a mini documentary, produced by Ideatap Studios, about a group of runners training for the US Olympic marathon trials race, this weekend in Houston.

The reality of elite marathoning

I think that the video is really well made – very nice shots, great choice of music and I like the style of interviews. But what really struck me was what the runners were saying about training and racing. There was no talk of the paces they are running at or the splits for their intervals. They just talked about the mental approach to the biggest event in their lives. They talk openly and honestly about how tough it is to get through training hard. How the mental effort of keeping consistent training for eight or ten or twelve weeks of a marathon training programme is mental training for the race itself. They talk about how hard it is to get through marathon training without becoming ill or injured. They talk about how difficult the race will be, requiring mental effort, decision making, commitment and the ability to deal with pain. And then they talk about hope…

The spirit of marathoning

The four men that feature in this film capture the essence of marathon running for me – they know the training is tough. They know the race will be tougher. They know that their main aim is to push themselves to the absolute limit and yet one can see that they believe they can do it. They know they will prevail. They are not going to waver for one minute in the face of the massive task they have set themselves.

That for me is the lesson for everyone here, whether you are a seasoned marathoner or a first timer. Whether you are aiming for Olympic qualification or a 6 hour finishing time. Be positive. Stay strong. Commit. Be the best runner you can be.

Marathon Road by Ideatap Studios

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I run marathons. Everything else is a result of that.

3 Responses to “Marathon Road and what we can learn from it”

  1. Nathaniel January 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Finally got around to watching this! Good luck to all of the men. Great video

  2. simon January 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Update: The US Olympic marathon team trials race was a real humdinger with so much action and intensity. The results were not unexpected (you can check them out here: http://houston2012.com/Results_/Men.aspx) but I just wanted to update on the story of the runners from Minnesota. There were two finishers worth noting:

    • Andrew Carlson finished 5th in 2:11:24
    • Jason Lehmkuhle finished 18th in 2:14:35

    Congratulations to both of them and all the runners in Houston. We look forward to welcoming the three selected for the Olympic marathon.

  3. Nathaniel January 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Interesting results! Congrats to both. Very nice to see the winner, I’ve just started to read, “Run To Overcome”

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