This list is I would describe my run (walk) that I did yesterday:
- Hard breathing
- Wheezy lungs
- Crampy calves
- Heavy legs
- Tight shoulders
When does it get fun again? I really cannot wait until I can run a mile effortless and get up to a comfortable 3 miles. It seems obscene that later this summer, my "short" runs will be 8 and 9 miles. It was only my 2nd day running, I will keep at it until I like it. Fake it until you make it, right?
My Run, The Movie.
My Run is the documentary about Terry Hitchcock's 75 marathons in 75 days. My book for January was his book, titled "A Father's Odyssey: 75 Marathons in 75 Days". My review of the book was less than stellar. I thought the story contained a lot of holes and I was left with a lot of questions. Most of all, I could not make a connection on any level with this guy. I saw that it was coming out as a movie and figured there was no way in hell I would ever pay money to see it. I changed my mind. At the very last minute last night, I decided to go see what Hollywood could do for this story.
I got to the theater in Eden Prairie, bought my $12.50(!) ticket, and went to get a drink. Right in front of me was Terry Hitchcock himself. He was getting himself a big ol' bucket of popcorn and mingling with fans. It was cool that out of all of the theaters in the nation, I picked the one that the "star" was at. He seems to be a very nice man and appreciated all of the well wishes people were giving him. It took everything in my power not to go up to him and ask him all of the questions I that my inquiring mind wanted to know. I slapped on the filter (shocking), smiled, and simply said hello.
Like the book, I was not overly impressed with his story (I may be the only person in the world that feels this way). I was moved and got a bit emotional when he and his family spoke about his wife who lost her battle with Breast Cancer. Of course I am not going to pretend that running from Minnesota to Georgia is something to sneeze at.....it is INCREDIBLE. As far as The Run (as he calls it), there was no substance to his story. As a runner, I know there are aches and pains that come with running and I know the weather can be a bitch so I didn't feel I needed to be reminded. I was not inspired by his daily pain, weather, and interview recaps. I wanted to know more about what went on in his head. Running for 75 days must have produced some amazing sights and thoughts. I wanted to know more about his obstacles he overcame being a single parent and more about his relationship with his kids. His recap of The Run seemed a bit superficial and I could not figure out what was his true purpose on this journey. He was doing it to raise awareness for single parents and their children, but I didn't see that he raised money (I could be wrong, but I couldn't find any info on this matter). If raising money wasn't the purpose, I am not sure why he would take on such a journey with sponsorship. The movie also glossed over and even skipped some important pieces of his story that were included in the book.
I don't want to completely bash the movie. I was reminded by a friend that this day and age any sort of feel good story is a breath of fresh air. I may have some strong opinions and conspiracy theories but one cannot deny that this was an amazing journey. I think his heart was in the right place but things didn't pan out the way he wanted. I do know others enjoyed the movie. There was a girl sitting right next to me in the theater and I kept hearing "gasp", "awwwww", and "ohhhh". Either she was really into this movie or or she was enjoying a little "hitchcock" of her own if you catch my drift. The one thing I did take home from this movie was what he said at the end...."Get off your butt and do something". Good advice and now I can say I left the theater with a bit of inspiration.
Did you see this movie or read the book? What were your thoughts?