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January 7, 2010

Indulgence

Wow, the New Year sure seems busy already. Between heading back to work (me) and school (my kids), looking at the race calendar (separate post coming soon), and attempting to ramp up my training while gradually recovering from my traditional holiday cookies-and-wine bender, the past 8 days or so are kind of a blur. So today’s post is short and sweet, and brings together a couple of ideas from separate items published earlier in the week.

On New Year’s Day, I embedded a video made by Matt Hart, featuring ultrarunners in all sorts of epic races, on majestic trails and spectacular mountain terrain. The point was to express some of the joy I get from trail running, as well as to give you a motivational nudge to start 2010 off right.

In 2007, a similar video was made featuring Anton Krupicka, one of ultrarunning’s top young guns, right in the midst of his rapid rise to the top of the sport. The 3-minute video below is actually a trailer for a full-length movie called Indulgence: 1000 Miles Under the Colorado Sky, which documents Krupicka’s training and philosophical approach to life in the same laid-back style of the classic surf or ski films of the 1970s and 80s.

I haven’t purchased the movie, so if anyone out there has watched it, please let us know in the comment box what you thought of it, and if it’s worth the purchase price. For example - and on a somewhat bizarre note - the soundtrack appears to be some sort of French rap music, which I didn’t even realize existed. It’s, um … interesting. After listening to the preview, I’m seriously wondering if I could sit through 90 minutes of it. I guess Eddie Vedder was out of the production crew’s price range.

Anyway, for those of us who haven’t seen the film, just enjoy this preview as another small dose of trail mojo to begin the year.

Also, I said this video brings together two previous posts … and the other one is my review of New Balance’s MT100 shoe. In that review, I described Krupicka’s reputation for carving normal running shoes apart to eliminate as much bulk and weight as possible – and if you didn’t quite believe me, pay attention to the first 40 seconds of the clip. I also mentioned that he runs as simplistically as possible: no water pack, often barefoot, usually no shirt, and for darn sure no GPS. You'll find that quality on prominent display in the video below.

Here's to running simply and joyously. And to keeping it rolling all throughout the year.

"Indulgence" trailer (click to play):

5 comments:

shel 1/10/10, 3:20 AM  

i don't get tired of watching that. seen it 20 times... the dude runs beautifully

Anne 1/10/10, 11:03 AM  

I see what you mean about the music. Beautiful backdrops, though. I liked the vibe of the trailer, too.

Ray 1/10/10, 5:51 PM  

I have been meaning to buy this movie for months! I love the trailer! Zombie Runner seems to be the only place online I can find it, and I just got a discount coupon.... I may have to order it!

Bob Tucker 1/11/10, 9:22 AM  

I wonder if he would carve his shoes up if he had to pay for them.

Thanks for the preview, I have watched it like 10 times and I have to admit the music is starting to grow on me.

Notleh,  1/12/10, 9:13 AM  

Tony is one of my inspirations for actually giving ultrarunning a try. I find his philosophy interesting and the way he approaches shoes right on.

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