Running and the Meaning of Life

Short film about being 'in the zone'

By Amy Lawrenson

For me, running is more about my mind than it is my body. Sure, putting one foot in front of the other keeps me fit, but it helps my mind more. On long runs, when the music from my head phones quietens and my subconscious starts to whir I'm able to sort through the week's events, work through my problems and emerge from my run with a kind of clarity that had evaded me before I set foot outside.

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Running, for me and for many of us, is often about reaching that wonderful point where we are in the zone, where we can run and run and, internally, put the world to rights.

A yearning for a sense of clarity in a hectic world is often the driving force behind my running. And this idea has been explored in a new short film The Runners and The Meaning of Life by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley who asked runners big life questions mid way through their runs – the topics range from marriage, religion, health, sex and ageing. The idea is simple, the topics momentous, the outcome thought-provoking.

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Why do you run? And what do you think of this short film? Give it a watch and let us know your thoughts @ELLEukrunning.

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