Over the last week we had the chance to speak with Jennifer Steinman, director of the film Desert Runners. This woman documented four people who decided to take on the most difficult ultra marathon on Earth. Each runner aspired to run 1,000k across 4 of the world's deserts in incredibly treacherous conditions. To us this seems crazy, radical, inspiring, and scary. While speaking with Jennifer I was able to gain a sense of why these people were doing this, why it meant so much more to these people than moving their legs forward for1,000k, and why we at Picky Bars think everyone has something to gain from watching this film.
After speaking with Jennifer we decided we needed to have a Picky movie session. And we were blown away. Not only by the most gnarly blisters we have ever seen or the fact that the longest day of the race was 100k. But that these people were choosing to do this. We learned some life lessons in the midst of our warehouse office about life. Life just keeps going. Some stuff happens that we don't plan on and would never ask for. But we have to keep on going. We can each choose to pursue tenacity and use our mental strength to tackle the walls that we are put up against. Just as these runners did in this race we can choose to do every day in our lives.
The film is about so much more than running. Why do some people think they can do things when other people can't? What makes an ordinary person think they can take on such an astounding feat? How do people decide to do this? These are questions we all ask and are able to learn more about through this film. When Jennifer met a 56 year old man, Dave, she was shocked when he described this desert ultra-marathon feat he was about to take on. And she wanted to document it. The struggles, victories, chaos, and freedom that were found along the way.
Upon arriving at the first desert, the filmmakers realized there were many people taking on the same feat. What?! There is so little recognition, so little fame, so much grit. Why are these people running? It became pertinent to document more than just Dave. Everyone was running towards the same goal for a different reason.
It is a beautiful story of passion and defeat to watch people work to achieve a goal that interrupts every aspect of their life. To keep on going to relentlessly pursue their dreams. All they can control is the mental capacity to keep moving forward. In the desert there are so many times when you are completely broken down and have to make some very tough decisions in order to prevail. Jennifer noted, "It is 100% mental. The race has nothing to do with fitness. You have some of the fittest people out there running who don't finish the race, and because of mentality there are some people who appear to be unfit that are finishing this 1,000k through the deserts."
The thing that set them apart? "They always believed they would make it. Dang!! Watching this film was time well spent. Just being able to learn a couple of the lessons these runners learned along their journey was a privilege and one that we recommend you take advantage of. Desert Runners will motivate you to achieve and pursue whatever life goal you have set before you by equipping you with motivation for mental capacity.
Watch a trailer for the film here. ***If you enter the discount code 'pickybars' you will receive 10% off the film when purchased here: http://www.desertrunnersmovie.com/