7 of the Most Inspirational Running Videos That will Move You in More Ways Than One!
Running can be tough, especially when you first start out . I remember the effort it took when I began my goal of running my first marathon, to simply put on my running gear and get out of the door. Once I started running half the battle was won, but there were still times during a run that I would need an extra boost of motivation.
Despite not having the same motivational issues that I did when I started, I still find these videos useful when I’m on the treadmill, on a long run and in need of a push to keep me going. During my years of running, I have found watching inspiring videos has also helped me to get in the zone or as some call it, in a ‘state of flow’, allowing me to run faster, longer and more often.
Below are 5 of my favorite videos. I hope they might inspire you to run too:
1. Motivation to Run
The quote at the start of this video could be applied to life in general, not just to those who run:
“You owe it to yourself when you get up in the morning, to look yourself in the face and say “hey I’m living my life on my terms”.
This video provides some inspiration quotes, running scenes and tough love, to help inspire you to put your shoes on and to start running when you might not feel like it.
2. Small, Determined Steps, Consistently Over Time
The one quote that inspires me the most, and resonates with how I feel and attempt to live my life is this one:
“Real supermen do not leap over buildings in a single bound, they take small, determined steps, consistently over time.”
This video has a chilled out vibe with it’s background music and early morning running scenes. Nevertheless it is still just as motivating, and one to watch on both long and shorter runs.
3. Rise and Shine
Poetic and deeply poigiant this video starts slow, then picks up the pace. As it does, I can feel my legs itch to move faster, my mind become focused and my body no longer feels the pain during a hard run. Watch this video if you need to be supercharged.
4. The most inspiring video you will ever watch
A combination of Coldplay’s emotional music and Roger’s story behind this video never fails to bring a tear to me eye.
In 2008, Roger set out on a quest to lose weight, get healthy and eventually run in the Boston Marathon. But not just for himself, for his niece who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. His goal was to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, along with raising money for research into the treatment and cure of this heartbreaking disease. This video highlights his incredible journey at age 47, from obesity to accomplished marathon runner.
Roger is a humble man, and continues to run marathons to this day to raise money for CF research. He works tirelessly to spread the message that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.
On November 6, 2011 Roger ran the New York City Marathon. It was his 12th marathon in the 2.5 years since he ran the 2009 Boston Marathon.
If you would like to read more or donate to the CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), you can browse to www.rfme.org and read more about both Roger and CF.
5. A Final Burst of Energy
This is one of the first videos that inspired me to find others. On a long run when I was hitting the wall and low on energy this video never failed to make me run faster and forget the pain I was experiencing. The clip tells the story of Steve Jones who was leading the pack during this 10,000 meter race. Out in front but being caught with every stride, Jones looks like he is going to loose the lead position that he has been holding for much of the race. Despite falling into second place, Jones’s pushes, giving a final burst of energy to take back the first position and ends up winning the race in a dramatic finish.
6. Falling down but Still Winning
This video reminds me of the quote:
“Success is falling down 7 times but getting up 8!”
Heather Dorniden proves that you call be a success by falling over just once . In this video of her competing in her home town for the 600 meter championships, Heather trips up as she is running with a lap to go in the race. Despite the fall, she gets up, brushes herself off and continues to win the race.
7. Never Give up
Dereke Redman had never won an Olympic medal but was tipped to win the 400 meters in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics.
Redman starts the race well, however along the final stretch he tears his hamstring and it seems that his hopes and dreams of finishing the race are over. As emergency staff come over to help, Redman pushes them away in an attempt to finish the race that he has trained so long and hard for. In tears, he stumbles, barely able to walk. From the stands a spectator appears to run on to the track, coming to Redman’s aid, pushing through security, like only a father could. Consoling him, Dereke’s father puts his arm around him, and escorts him to the finish line so that he can complete this emotional journey to a standing ovation from the crowd.
This shows, that you need to run your own race, and you can’t plan for every event. Despite coming last, Redman won that race in my eyes and the millions of peoples’ who watched it.
Do you have any running (or any) videos that inspire you to be productive? Let’s compile a collection.