The Barkley Marathons: The race that eats its young
(We watched this on Netflix but it is also available elsewhere.)
This is the documentary of one of the craziest races in the world. The “official” race is five loops of a twenty mile trail (competitors often quote a very different mileage). The entry fee is less than $2 and when you are successful in your application (having passed an entry exam), you receive a letter of condolence. Seriously, it is really entertaining and inspirational. You should watch it!
Haruki Murakami – What I talk about when I talk about running
This is a gentle, understated book that offers real insight into a lifetime of discipline as a long distance runner. I love both running and writing, and fully understand Murakami’s view that they somehow go hand in hand as complementary activities.
The Guardian Long Reads – The Sugar Conspiracy
I listened to this as a podcast on Spotify but it is also available as an article on The Guardian’s website.
This is not only about nutrition, but also the dogma and entrenched cronyism that can sometimes hold back the scientific community and put the brakes on human understanding. You will probably be quite shocked.
I would recommend the Guardian Long Reads podcast in general. These are really in-depth looks at several topics relevant to the modern world.
(I didn’t want to fall foul of Copyright law, which I know absolutely NOTHING about, so I have included an irrelevant, but hopefully not altogether unpleasant, picture of one of my runs to accompany this post.)