Imagine stepping out for your daily run and having a camera crew shadow your every stride, asking general life questions as you huff and puff down the tarmac. That may not fly with most runners I know. Ever try stopping a total stranger for a casual chat in New York City? Take it from someone who has—it’s not always a pleasant experience.
But apparently runners across the pond in London are a bit more open to the idea (for the most part anyway), as evident by The Runners, a short film made by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley. The 11-minute documentary—filmed using a cart being pulled backwards by a bicycle—joins a band of everyday runners as they take to their favorite routes for some cardio. Along the way, runners are asked an array of intimate questions.
“Liberated from responsibilities, their guards drop dramatically, releasing funny and brutally frank confessions, and weaving a powerful narrative behind the anonymous masses,” says the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
Take a quick break from whatever you’re doing and peep the short film below. You’ll be itching to lace up your running sneakers by the time its done.