What I’m Watching #1

April 12, 2017

Fittest on Earth

This is an incredible watch, and not just for CrossFit fanatics. I have never tried CrossFit however to see what the human body can achieve in terms of strength and perseverance when you put your mind to it is pretty inspiring.

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The Reebok CrossFit Games 2015 is the foundation of this documentary. For five days the athletes are put through thirteen grueling events to find the fittest male and female on Earth. This is a behind the scenes style film following the competitors from start to finish which is both a physical and emotional rollercoaster. I could feel the pure ambition from the athletes through my screen and it is hard to finish watching the film and not feel utterly in awe and inspired.

The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games is now available to buy and watch on iTunes which I have not watched yet, but very keen to!

Finding Traction

This is a story presenting the importance of how mental strength can go hand in hand with physical strength. This story follows endurance runner Nikki Kimball and her goal of becoming the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273 mile Long Trail.

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I watched this film when I had just signed up for the half marathon. I felt I needed to watch some amazing people show true grit and determination which would ultimately inspire me for my challenge ahead. Not only does this documentary follow Nikki’s ups and downs physically, she also touches on depressive episodes she has had throughout her life. She states the worst pain of her life was going through depression, so the ultra race isn’t as bad compared. Nikki also touches on aspects regarding women’s sports and would like everyone, regardless of sex, to be able to reach their full potential.

The Barkley Marathons

This was another film I watched before my half marathon to spur me on. This ultramarathon trail race based in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee has only seen ten finishers in twenty five years. Competitors can select from a ‘fun run’ of 60 miles (97 km) or the full course of 100 miles (160 km) which needs to be finished within 60 hours.

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Runners decide whether to sleep or not. Many do not and are faced with blisters, exhaustion and even hallucinations. Not a race to enter for the faint-hearted. As with Finding Traction, this gave me a boost and made me feel I could do the half marathon after having moments of self-doubt.

The Sports Documentary section on Netflix seems to be ever growing meaning there are many more films to watch and review! Have you seen any of these? If so what did you think of them?

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