Four Runners Beautifully Capturing Their Training Through Film
It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back, the cool winter weather is slowing settling in, and the motivation to get out the door to go for a run is becoming that little bit more challenging. But don’t worry we’ve got your back! Here at Mantra, whenever this time of year comes round, we look to some of our favourite film-making runners to get us back in action and out on the trails. In effortless, cinematic fashion these four extraordinary runners beautifully capture the essence of day-to-day training. With their vlogs you'll be sure to want to get out and run and perhaps even create some stunning snapshots of your own training!
1. Dan Whitehead
Dan Whitehead is a 27 year old ultra-runner from Mount Gambier, South Australia. He focuses on long distance trail running and has completed ten ultra marathons since he took up running three years ago after having a long history of chronic illness. “I wanted to combine my love of running and documenting things and the result is me making these videos about my training, races, opinions, and experiences as well as some of my everyday life outside of running.” Yes, on top of stacking up an insane amount of kilometres each week, Dan manages to document his training progress in extraordinary, effortless cinematic fashion. Have a watch of one of Dan’s epic running vlogs above.
2. Tom Farrell
Tom Farrell is a British long-distance runner. Rarely going over the ten minute mark, his vlogs provide an honest, un-glorified glimpse inside the life of a professional runner. With just a pocket camera, Farrell captures the ups and downs of his training to provide other ambitious athletes and recreational runners with insightful tips and knowledge on how to improve their own training and nutrition. If you’re after an honest snapshot into the life of an endurance athlete, Tom’s your man. Here’s a video (see above) to get you started.
"I wanted to combine my love of running and documenting things and the result is me making these videos about my training, races, opinions, and experiences as well as some of my everyday life outside of running."
3. Gwen Jorgensen
Another professional athlete who has taken to picking up the camera to document her training in recent years is American distance runner and former pro triathlete, Gwen Jorgensen. From altitude camps, to strength training, diet and nutrition, to family time, Jorgensen uses her channel to show how all these elements knit together to help her accomplish on the track. A fearless female pro, Gwen’s journey in running is definitely worth following!
4. Dan Carter
Dan Carter is a freelance photographer and ultra-marathon junkie from Cape Town, South Africa. Dan has been running since he was at school and ran his first marathon in 2015, and his first Ultra Marathon a year later. He puts his creative skill in photography and film-making to good use by vlogging his training and ultra-marathon events like the Comrades and Two Oceans marathon. He also has his own blog where he writes more in-depth about his running experiences. With his humble attitude and determination, Dan’s short films are bound to reignite your motivation to get out and run!
So we hope our favourite film-making runners help put a spring back in your step and perhaps get your creative juices flowing as well. In turn, we'd love to know if there's any runners you think we ought to be watching!