Published on March 21st, 2015 | by Mark
How To Get Motivated To Run? – 10 Best Inspirational Running Movies
Running training can be tough and hard especially if you’re training for a long distance race. Have you ever felt tired, lazy or weak complete a tough workout?Are you confused about how to get motivated to run? I have found that watching a great running movie is one of the best ways to rebuild the motivation for running. Here is my personal list of 10 best-running movies to get every runner motivated.
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Marathon Man (1976)
Thomas “Babe” Levy is a graduate student from New York who is a very determined runner. Thomas happened to research history to unravel the mystery of the suicidal death of his father with a ruined reputation because of the McCarthy era’s witch hunts by the Communists. This decision eventually drew him into his brother in a globe-trotting conspiracy along with a hiding Nazi war criminal, and his European girlfriend in one jump-packed story. With the aim to get a priceless cache of diamonds which the Jews lost from the World War II to escape Germany, Dr. Szell travels to New York. Although motivational on its own, the film involves agonizing torture scenes that may be disturbing for some people.
Gallipoli is an exceptional portrayal of not just one but actually a total of three historical situations: the trench warfare at the Nek, world war one army training sites in Egypt, and the Western Australia in the 1910s. Furthermore, Gallipoli exposes the skills of Mel Gibson, as the movie greatly deserves to be on top of the list. The movie provides great motivation having a great plot. One of the most famous scenes is the conversation of Jack and Archy Hamilton.
▪ Jack: “What are your legs?”
▪ Hamilton: “Springs. Steel Springs.”
▪ Jack: “What are they going to do?”
▪ Hamilton: “Hurl me down the track.”
▪ Jack: “How fast CAN you run?”
▪ Hamilton: “As fast as a leopard.”
▪ Jack: “How fast are you GOING to run?”
▪ Hamilton: “As fast as a leopard.”
▪ Jack: “Then let us see you do it!”
The Running Man (1987)
A great fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger? The Running Man might be one of your best shot. It somewhat portrays a parody happening inside the thriller action itself. Arnie’s role, Ben, is subject to the Running Man reality TV game show for convicted lawbreakers, even though he is an innocent man. The show is all about capital punishment for criminals in a futuristic setting. The action consists of Ben running away from people with hockey sticks and chainsaws aiming to kill him at all costs.
It is actually a good and classic movie, especially if you are looking for an 80’s touch. The plot is original and unique, making it a good instrument of harnessing motivation particularly the “survival” approach in your running goals.
Run Lola Run (1998)
The film Run Lola Run focuses on the events happening between Mani who is the boyfriend of the main protagonist, Lola who dreadfully tries her best to save the former from death. She does this by aiding him attain a large amount of funds which Mani lost carelessly. The movie is motivational considering that you will be introduced into Lola’s three different journeys, all under the power of fate, eventually showing you the next things.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
A true masterpiece and visually stunning, The Fast Runner is a Canadian arctic film about its Inuit people (made by themselves) that tells the story of a crime that destroys the trust and relationship within the community. The film then shows how the people attained justice from the said crime, eventually healing the closely knit group. The writer and director did extensive research on Inuit Legend oral versions and collaborated them into one story which is approved by the Inuit elders as an excellent expression. This movie greatly inspires people to battle like a warrior against the trials faced, eventually winning and achieving satisfaction and peace.
The Mountain Runners (2012)
Up for movie night? Try the 2012 film The Mountain Runners featuring the story of the United States’ first ever mountain adventure/endurance race on foot, which happened in Washington. First took place in year 1911, this exhaustive race involves a tough 30-mile race to Mount Baker’s glacial summit and back from the starting line. Due to its bold dangers, the adventure/endurance foot race only lasted for a mere three years. Showcased in a document-drama style, the film involves motivational scenes that inspire people to pursue achieving their goals despite all the dangers associated with it.
Without Limits (1998)
Without Limits, is a biographical sports film of the popular runner Steve Prefontaine in the 1970s and his days as a youth in the University of Oregon who eventually met Coach Bill Bowerman who later becomes Nike, Inc.’s co-founder.
One of the most famous line is Bowerman saying, “Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: Life.”
The Robber (2010)
Directed and written by Benjamin Heisenberg, The Robber is drama film from 2010 that tells the true story of an athlete and marathon runner Johann Rettengerger who developed the habit and crime of bank robbery and made it as a hobby. The movie portrays how desperate a person may get and how one can use his talent and skills not just for his own advantage, but for the bad of the people around and the society as a whole. Despite that fact, you can still pick up some motivational scenes that may help you achieve your goals in running.
Saint Ralph (2004)
Up for a little comedy-drama? This film shows Ralph Walker’s story as a 9th grader in his journey to winning the Boston Marathon in 1954. His mother was hospitalized and slipped into a coma, and because of which, he hopes that God will provide him a miracle (his mother’s healing) if he wins the Boston Marathon. This film portrays a person’s dedication to change his bad ways and turn them into good for the love of family and for achieving one’s goal.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The film features a unique story that happened in the early 1920s during United Kingdom’s class-divided and religiously-separated times. Training for the 1924 Paris Olympics, two determined young runners have crossed each other’s path – one devout Christian and one determined Jew competed their way against each other and other competitors. This is truly an inspirational look at the two runner’s competitive spirit that despite their differences in religion, the realization that they are the same inside with the same goals to reach took place.
image credit: Title:”2.40:1″ by James Blann, on Flickr