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The Last Mile (2013)
The Last Mile is a feature-length documentary about running and the reasons behind it. Filmmaker John Burkett led a destructive, unhealthy and sedimentary life. After getting sober, one day walking his dog he decided to take the first run out of mental anguish.
A two-mile loop soon became part of his daily routine. John then ran a small local race, followed by a half marathon, and finally the marathon. Noticing that it lifted his spirits and gave a feeling of completion and satisfaction kept him running for the first couple years. Now it’s much more…
“Running is meditation on my feet,” says John. “It’s a way to wring out my mind and body every day. But why do I do it? No exercising I have ever tried have I really enjoyed. So why is this different? It was so hard in the beginning but once past the initial pain of starting it’s almost like an addiction itself to me. Why do we train, go through all the pain, disrupt our families, deal with injuries, just to run? Is it spiritual, is it just good fun, and is it for everyone?”