I went to see "Spirit of the Marathon II" last night at the IMAX Regal in King of Prussia. The same theater where Brad Pitt made a surprise visit last week for the opening of "World War Z".
"I" was much better than "II".
"II" was inspiring, yes. But honestly I am inspired watching a race - any race. The fact that this one was the 2012 Rome Marathon added fuel to the desire to do more travel events. The scenery was amazing. What a way to see a city. What I didn't enjoy was the backstories of the runners they chose to follow this time.
I understand that running (or any fitness challenge) can change your life. The mental and physical benefits are amazing. But you do not have to be in the pits to reap the rewards. I feel like if this was my first marathon movie I'd be thinking that running only for folks who are overcoming adversity or trying to run off some bad thing that happened to them or someone they loved.
One of my fitness buddies commented that sequels are typically less exciting then the originals.
On a more positive note, I thoroughly enjoyed the group I was with to see the movie. We met at 6:30 for a 7:00 start so we could get seats together. That and the fact that the movie started late gave us time to catch up. This greatly boosted my earlier blue mood. I woke up feeling REALLY tired this morning. But the boost from seeing my fitness friends last night has renewed my commitment to get out on Saturdays whether I feel like it or not.