Are there any Big Little Lies fans out there? The series? If so you might remember this song. Either way you definitely want to add this amazing track to your playlist:
Mondays are always a full rest day for me unless I need to swap with another workout day. As soon as I got home from work, the boys were ready to ride bikes. Jon took the day off because of schools being closed today, so I wanted to give him a little break since it looks like they had a marathon day from these beauties that showed up on my photo feed.
We grabbed the bikes and hit the road!
We didn't stay long because the air quality was pretty bad from all the fires in Napa. Prayers go out to everyone affected by them...
Then I came home and got reunited with a bowl of spaghetti and my fluffy purple robe. So soft.
I don't know about you, but I look for running motivation anywhere I can get it. Social media, magazines, blogs, books, and especially movies! I'm sure you've seen running movie roundups before and you can probably predict a lot of the movies that first went through my head when I sat down to write this. I decided to pick ones that are a little less well known and are also some of my personal favorites, running aside. Let me tell you a movie that will NOT be on my "top 5" list...
And it's not because I don't like Rocky (watch the double negatives, Noob). In fact I love the Rocky movies! I even ran those famous steps in Philadelphia once when I was a kid on vacation! It's a very inspiring film, no doubt. But it's also pretty well known and is included on almost every "Best Running Movies" list.
So here is my own list of the Top 5 Movies That Might Inspire You To Run—see if you agree!
#5: Simon Pegg in Run Fatboy Run (2007)
I stumbled on this movie many years ago and immediately got sucked into the sweet main character's story. He wants to win back the woman he jilted at the altar years ago, so he signs up to run the London Marathon. He's sorely out of shape, but the movie takes you through his journey to learn to run and try to win back the love of his life. You'll have to watch to see if he runs it!
#4: Téa Leoni in Spanglish (2004)
Téa Leoni plays a perfect type-A mom in this movie. There's a scene where Téa's character is out for her run and she's going up a hill when we see a pack of male runners (probably college). She starts yelling, "Left! Left! Passing to your left!" and you see one guy look back at her like "please woman" and then she pulls ahead of all of them. It's a short scene but I love it, and the movie is definitely worth a watch!
#3: Kevin Kline in The Big Chill (1983)
This is also one of the greatest "friend" films of all time with one of the greatest soundtracks of all time (I don't exaggerate!). It's about a group of old friends who are reunited by a tragedy and end up spending a weekend together. Kevin Kline's character owns a shoe store and lays out running shoes for everyone which they mostly scoff at. Honestly I can't even remember if they actually show people running, but there's a good scene with everyone in the kitchen trying on their new shoes, not really sure what to do with them. At minimum, watch this movie for the retro running shorts Kevin Kline sports in this scene:
#2: Kate Capshaw in The Love Letter (1999)
This is an under appreciated movie in my opinion. It's set in a small town that I would love to live in called Loblolly-by-the-Sea. Is that a great town name for a movie or what? Kate Capshaw plays a single mom who owns a small bookstore and just sent her daughter away for the summer. The whole town becomes obsessed with this letter that circulates and we don't know who wrote it and for whom. There are several great scenes of Capshaw's character exercising but my favorite is when she's running on the beach and her younger employee, Tom Everett Scott, tries to keep up with her. She challenges him to a race and if she loses she'll cook him dinner. You'll have to watch to see what happens!
#1: Goldie Hawn in Wildcats (1986)
I am a massive Goldie Hawn fan and could pretty much devote a blog entirely to her. I admit I have watched this movie dozens of times. She plays a high school football coach who has little respect with her team. To try and earn it, she challenges them to laps around the track. If she's the last one standing then they have to show up for practice and participate. If one of them is the last standing, then she agrees to quit coaching. At the beginning, all the guys are running circles and doing cartwheels around her but one by one they start to drop off until it's just her and I think a few others. Then she looks at them and says, "Oh yeah I forgot to tell you, I ran the Boston Marathon....TWICE." The looks on their faces are priceless.
Side note: When I searched the terms "movies with actors running scene" here are some of the first page results:
Okay, I'm sure I left out a bunch of great films—tell me what I missed in the comments. I promise to watch any movie you suggest ;)
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