Wednesday, 4 October 2017

What I Streamed In September

Here is what I streamed this month and there was definitely a documentary theme. 

I started September off with this documentary and it was terrible.  I maybe watched about 30 minutes of it and turned it off because they had me so scared that I was going to die of both cancer and diabetes in about 46 hours.  No joke.  It was so full of fear mongering and preached if you don't eat broccoli and lettuce for the rest of your life, you were doomed.  I enjoy eating eggs every morning and I enjoy eating my bacon occasionally or any other type of meat and that was never gonna change.  I was talking to a girlfriend about this documentary and I couldn't remember the name but as I spoke about it she knew exactly what I had watched.  She told me that her sister watched this documentary and gave up all animal products and now basically lives on tortilla chips.  It is not good for her but because she watched this she feels like it is because technically it doesn't come from an animal.  I don't like enough vegetables to be vegan anyways.  This is currently streaming on Netflix Canada but I don't recommend you watch it.  

This documentary was amazing.  I kinda knew races like this existed as I have a friend in bootcamp who's husband ran one in Seattle last year or the year before - basically 160km in like 24 hours or something but I didn't know much else about it until I saw this documentary on Netflix. I was happy to find something that wasn't trying to fear monger me into something.  This documentary was filmed during the 2012 Barkley.  The Barkley Marathon is an ultra marathon trail race held in Tennessee.  Runners can do the "fun run" of 60 miles (97km) or the full course which is 100 miles (160km).  Competitors only have 60 hours of finish it.  The course was designed by Gary Cantrell and was inspired by the 1977 escape of James Earl Ray who covered only 8 miles after running 55 hours in the woods.  Cantrell thought to himself that he could do at least 100 miles and thus the Barkley Marathon was born.  Interesting enough, Cantrell was never able to finish the race.  They have a limited amount of spots for registration and the cost is $1.60 and a license plate from where you are from.  They figure they could jack the registration cost and still sell it out but it wouldn't be the right kind of people and the vibe wouldn't be the same.  This race sells out almost instantaneously.  The course currently consists  of a 20 mile unmarked loop with no aid stations except water at 2 points along the route and the runner's parked car at the beginning of the loop.  Runners have to run this loop 5x - they do switch directions for some loops.  They also have to climb up to 60,000 feet of vertical climb.  It was first run in 1986 and as of this past year, 55% of the races had ended with no finishers.  There are 2 two time finishers of this race and one of them is featured on this documentary.    This documentary is seriously amazing and inspiring on so many levels.  As someone who is currently not able to run because of an achilles injury, it is mind-blowing to see what people run through.  I definitely could not do this.  It is not a long documentary and is currently streaming on Netflix Canada for your viewing pleasure and very much recommend watching it.  

Nikki Kimball is an ultra runner and is trying to run Vermont's Long Trail, 273 miles in 4 days.  She is a physiotherapist and would not tell her patients to do what she is doing.  I won't lie this was tough to watch this, to watch her run this distance in this time.  She was in so much pain and the pain was worse even at night or when they switched her kt tape and her skin was so raw.  What she endured to try to break both the women and men's record here was nothing short of amazing. I won't spoil what happens and if records are broken or not so you are gonna have to watch to find out. 

She isn't doing this to beat the men's record but because women need to take ownership of their dreams and wants to see society change and encourage women to achieve extremely difficult goals and wants her aggressiveness and stubbornness seen as good qualities and not as bad qualities.  She doesn't want to be seen as being competitive and a bitch but she is competitive and she is successful.  Nikki believes that too many girls are that fear will limit their actions.  She wants girls to explore their fears and to crush them.  She wants her long trail attempt to inspire a little girl to do better then nikki.  If she helps even one person realize that she is capable of so much more then her fears want her to know then this expedition has been an success.  

This documentary was so inspiring for me and hopefully one day my girls will watch it and be inspired by her.  She makes me want to work that much harder and get over this injury and put my all into my running goals.  Fear is definitely something that holds me back from potential running goals. I am so afraid of failure that I won't even try.  She has made me think that I can do anything as long as I compete and stay true to my training and goals.  Needless to say I loved this documentary and it is only an hour long so easy to watch.  It is currently streaming on Netflix Canada.  What are you waiting for??

I kinda left the documentaries behind when I discovered that The House Bunny was on Netflix.  

I haven't watched this movie in years and I forgot how much I still loved it.  My favorite line is still when she is out on a date with colin hanks and orders the ahi ahi but says only one ahi since she is not that hungry.  It kills me every single time - even all these years later.  It was the perfect movie to watch over the course of a few days while do my stretches and strengthening exercises haha.  It's too bad that Anna Faris isn't in more movies because she is so amazing.  She has a podcast called Unqualified that is one of my favourites.  If you are into that kinda thing, you should check her out.  This movie, however, is currently streaming on Netflix Canada. 

I watched this the day it came out because I was so excited about it! I love Jerry Seinfeld and would love to see him live if it wasn't for his outrageous pricing.  The special was filmed where it all began at the Comic Strip and he told all the jokes he did back then and it was kinda funny that they were all kinda relevant.  I really enjoyed this and it is only an hour long so easy to fit in to your day or evening.  It is currently streaming on Netflix Canada. 

I know I am late to the game on this one, but wow it was amazing.  Like so much better then I ever thought possible.  I tried to read the book but couldn't get into it but this movie was 2 full hours of awesomeness.  I spent a chilly Tuesday night watching this while Greg and the girls were at soccer practice and the time flew by.  I don't think this has been on netflix long, but it is on there and if you haven't watched it, you must stop what you are doing and go watch it.  Seriously, it was the best movie I have watched in a long, long time.  It is currently streaming on Netflix Canada.  

This was also uploaded to Netflix this month and I had wanted to watch it since it came last year at Christmas time.  My sister had recently watched it and said it was hilarious so I decided to spend a cold rainy morning in my basement stretching + strengthening my achilles for a half marathon I had watching it.  While I admit, there were some pretty funny parts but overall I think it was just ok.  It was definitely a nice to way to spend my time while doing countless calf raises and stretches but it wasn't as funny as I had thought or hoped it would be.  This is currently streaming on Netflix Canada and would recommend it if you are looking for something mindless to watch. 

I finally finished all available seasons on CraveTV in September.  Season 4 is currently airing on Comedy Central which we don't get in Canada and not sure if it is on the comedy channel we do get so I will wait until it is on Crave to watch it.  I didn't love the first season of this but have loved the last 2 seasons a lot more.  Hopefully it carries on to Season 4!!  The first 3 seasons are currently streaming on CraveTV.

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