THE WHY | Running 100 Miles | Billy Yang Films

Why would anyone run 100 miles? That's the question Billy Yang considers as he runs the Leadville 100 Trail Race. Beautifully shot, stunning scenery, an inspiring race and questions to consider.

Moab 240 UltraMarathon Longest Trail Race in the USA Full Race Report | fulltiltward

Find out what it's like to run the longest trail race in the USA. Kerry Ward ran it in 2017 and documented the experience. Great for a long treadmill session.

Breaking2 | Eliud Kipchoge

Feature-length documentary by National Geographic covering Nike’s project to break 2 hours for the marathon. Amazing attention to detail, insight into training and fascinating profiles of the runners that took part. Perfect for watching while you run on a treadmill. I had to stop my first workout before the movie was over and I couldn’t wait to get back to run again and find out what happened.

Icarus

Winner of the 2018 Academy Award, this feature-length documentary starts with filmmaker and cyclist Brian Fogel investigating doping in his sport. As he digs deeper the story develops into something much bigger than anyone imagined. Recommended for treadmill or indoor bike trainer sessions.

Losing Sight of Shore

Four women attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean. Working in shifts - 2 hours on the oars then 2 hours off, they are out at sea for days and days in storms, adverse currents, extreme heat. It's an extraordinary undertaking both mentally and physically.

Karl Meltzer: Made to Be Broken | Red Bull Films

Karl Meltzer, trail name "Speedgoat", has won more 100-mile races than anyone else. In 2016 he attempted to set the FKT (fastest known time) for the Appalachian Trail which was then held by ultra-runner Scott Jurek.
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Fittest on Earth A Decade of Fitness | Crossfit Games 2016

Feature-length documentary covering the 2016 Crossfit Games, a 5-day, 15 event multisport challenge to find the "Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth". Intense from the start and featuring incredible feats of strength, agility, skill and aerobic capacity, this feature-length video is both entertaining and super-energizing.

Life in a Day | The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run | Billy Yang Films

Perfect for an hour on the treadmill this documentary follows four athletes in the 2016 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race. Beautiful cinematography, epic terrain and an inspiring effort by the runners.

Eddie Izzard Mandela Marathons

In February of 2016, British comedian Eddie Izzard embarked on an attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days through South Africa, as a salute to Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years of his life in prison in his fight against Apartheid. It's an amazing effort and Eddie has raised something in the region of 4million GBP with his marathon running. Letsrun.com forum users might complain that he doesn't run the whole thing, there's a lot of walking, but taking all factors into consideration, especially the heat, it's still an incredible and uplifting story of human endurance and willpower. I figure that if Eddie can run consecutive marathons in 100 degrees plus, I can get through a 4 mile recovery run on the treadmill.

Only the Essential: Pacific Crest Trail Documentary

Highly recommended for anyone doing stair-stepper or incline hiking training on a treadmill. Would also be great for rehabbing from injury or for something slightly different to watch while aerobic base training inside.
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The Barkley Marathons

Fantastic feature-length documentary about a unique trail running ultra race. Equal parts hilarity (part of the entry fee one year was a pair of socks) and serious feats of extreme endurance, it's mesmerizing viewing. Watched from the comfort of a treadmill you'll be grateful that you aren't climbing up the "Rat Jaw" section of the race where runners legs are lacerated by saw briars. Only a handful of athletes have ever completed the 100 mile, 5 lap race. Sure to make your workout feel achievable!

Two Eight Two: The Munros in 98 Days

Highly recommended for a treadmill run, stair-stepper or elliptical, this is a beautiful self-produced documentary of an epic adventure: trying to hike all 282 of Scotland's "Munros" (mountain peaks above 3,000') in one summer. Kevin Woods does a really impressive job hiking, filming, editing and telling his story. The physical effort and stunning scenery aside, this film is notable for the honest way he documents the mental ups and downs he goes through. Anyone who has ever set themselves a big challenge, be it a marathon, a summit attempt, a PB goal, can identify with what he goes through. Spoiler alert, it is uplifting not depressing.