I love a good sports movie. Lucky for me, sports movies have been a go-to genre in Hollywood for years. Sports movies can typically be produced for low to medium budgets and historically their box office returns assure the studio behind a film a solid return on investment.
The sports movie genre is typically represented by two types of films. The outrageously over-the-top comedy (i.e. Bull Durham, Major League, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup), and the inspirational, almost always based on a true story, movie (Hoosiers, Rudy, Miracle, Hoop Dreams). Unfortunately, movies about running are typically few and far between. McFarland, the Kevin Costner led Disney film about an upstart cross-country team in a small California farming community that beat the odds and became 9 time state champions is the last running movie released by a major studio (Disney), and that was a couple years ago.
Although most of the Hollywood films that have been based on distance running have performed fairly well at the box office, runners are only treated to movies based on their sport once or twice a decade. With that being said, I have GOOD NEWS!
I have been getting the itch to write. Although my running has been going well, I haven’t had anything noteworthy to blog about. Short, Round, and Fast’s about page begins with the words “Marathon Runner, Husband, Father, Movie Buff, Pizza Addict”. While I am confident that I have spent plenty of time proclaiming my love for running, my family, and, of course, pizza; I have hardly spent any time writing about my love of movies. While I will still be doing posts about my running and Short, Round, and Fast super fans 1 & 2, I will also doing posts about my passion for movies. So, without further explanation, I declare like Ross from friends that it is time to PIVOT!
I had a pretty good first week back on the taking my fitness more seriously wagon. I did 4 out of my 5 planned workouts and my diet was good with the exception of some Saturday night treats (I had Gummi Bears in honor of my friend Vince Massa). The week ended with the perfect motivation to keep pushing hard next week. I received a text with the screen shot below from my brother Matt on Saturday afternoon with the message, “not too bad for my first outdoor run in a year!”
Have you ever met someone that excels at every sport that they try? That is my brother Matt. His average pace of 8 minutes a mile is even more impressive when you factor in the fact that Matt has been a smoker for the last 25 years! It is like he saw the old cigarette ads that said cigarettes were good for you and his body believes it!
This text from my brother had provided me with an abundance of motivation to carry me through next weeks workouts. Thanks for the friendly nudge brother!