“Rocky” In Real Life

Improv Everywhere traveled to Philadelphia to recreate Rocky’s epic training run through the streets of Philadelphia in real life. The video takes inspiration from the training montages in both Rocky and Rocky II, and the final sequence includes a mob of 100 kids running with Rocky up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

You can find behind-the-scenes pictures and learned how they pulled it off at the Improv Everywhere site.

Friday Five: Reading About Running—Sept. 27, 2013

Running Indoors

My weekly curation of miscellaneous articles on running:

Seven Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running, Strength Running
It isn’t hard to get started running, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s easy to injure yourself or ignore little things that make you a lot better. Coach Jason Fitzgerald shares some of his secrets.

10 Reasons Why Runners Are Nicer People, Saltmarsh Running
What makes runners nice people?

Secrets of Uninjured Runners, SKORA
We have all known the endurance athlete who never seems to become injured. There is also the athlete who has been running for three years and has spent more time injured than able to run. What does the healthy runner know that the other does not?

41 Quotes From Runners That Will Help You Power Through Your Last Mile, Thought Catalog
Some great inspiration for runners.

The Impact of Running: It’s Not So Much on Your Knees, Babble
The impact of running may not cause knee arthritis like commonly believed.

Haruki Murakami on the Essence of Running

Haruki Murakami

Novelist Haruki Murakami. Photo by Frederick Fraser.

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.

—Haruki Murakami,
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running


Is the Current Running Boom Bad for Runners?

My running friends and I at SeaWheeze 2012

There have been a lot of chatter written recently on the lack of competitiveness  in the younger generation of runners.  It reached a pinnacle last week with the publishing of The Slowest Generation, an article by Kevin Helliker in the Wall Street Journal and a blog post by Toni Reavis entitled, Dumbing Down, … Continue reading