Roadless qualifies for inclusion here for two main reasons: 1. This expedition is solid type 2 fun. It's fully human-powered, no helicopters, no snowmobiles, no lifts, just sweat and effort. 2. It's a beautiful window to the wilderness which provides a mental boost if you are stuck indoors on a treadmill or similar.
Transport yourself to the Alps with this excellent documentary by Jeff Pelletier detailing his experience in the 2018 Tor des Geants - one of the hardest ultra-marathon races in the world. The views are spectacular and the 200 mile/330 km race has over 79,000 feet/24,000 meters of elevation gain. If you are looking for a change of scene, an inspirational race diary and some amazing POV footage this 44 minute video delivers.
Documentary film following the journey of ultrarunner Karel Sabbe from his start in the sport through to his experience in the 2019 Barkley Marathons. This story surpassed expectations. Without giving away too much let's just say that Karel is no "hobby jogger." Highly recommended. Check it out next time you need something to watch on the treadmill.
If you get inspired by geeking out on the latest science this is an awesome podcast for a long run outside. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand and improve their endurance. Learn about zone 2 training for optimizing your mitochondria to improve endurance performance and protect against metabolic disorders.
In "The FIFTY" Cody Townsend attempts to ski all the lines in the book "The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America" the twist is that all the ascents are human-powered instead of heli or sled-accessed. In this standalone short film Townsend and snowboarding legend Jeremy Jones attempt to climb and ski two peaks in Alaska: Meteorite and Pontoon. Type 2 fun plus top-level skiing and snowboarding; mountain expertise and good vibes.
Max and Jochen set out to bikepack and ski their way across the Alps from Germany through Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France, to the Mediterranean Sea at Nice; covering 1,800 km, 35,000 vertical meters over 6 weeks of continuous travel in this 32 minute award-winning documentary.
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.