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Speed Goggles: Someday

For professional runners, the time before a race is when you think about where you’ve come from and where you’re going.

By JEREMY TEICHER on Publish Date August 3, 2016.

Before a big race, I always feel more sensitive than usual. I feel as if I could cry any minute and also never cry again. I feel nervous. I notice the texture of the grass on the warm-up field more than I usually do — I also sense my heartbeat more than on a normal day when I don’t notice it at all. Stray frizzy hairs tickle the back of my neck. I try my best to keep the thoughts positive and productive and inspiring. Or at least distracting in a good way. When I step on the starting line, I will need to be razor-focused and entirely present – more so than any other time in my life. But on the warm-up field, it is perfectly fine — in fact, encouraged — to daydream.

“Speed Goggles” is a five-part series created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who also created the feature film “Tracktown.” Ms. Pappas will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Greece.

Watch: “The Elite Runner.” | “Normal People” | “Nightmares Mean You Care.” | “Group Run.”

Speed Goggles: Group Run

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Group Run

Sometimes, your running partners don’t show up.

Publish Date July 28, 2016.

I often make plans to meet companions for a run, but they may not always show up. This could be due to oversleeping, miscommunication or honest forgetfulness. When this happens, there is a rule of thumb among some runners to wait one minute for every five minutes the scheduled run was meant to last. Beyond that, it is considered acceptable to begin the run without the latecomers. Usually the rule is followed without a second thought. However, I find that the closer I am to a big race, the more important companionship is for me.

“Speed Goggles” is a five-part series created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who also created the feature film “Tracktown.” Ms. Pappas will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Greece.

Watch: “The Elite Runner.” | “Normal People” | “Nightmares Mean You Care.”.

For Alexi Pappas, Nightmares Mean You Care

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Nightmares Mean You Care

Ever have a terrible dream the night before a race? Alexi Pappas has.

By JEREMY TEICHER on Publish Date July 20, 2016.

Nightmares are a strange but not uncommon phenomenon for runners the evening before a race. I have had nightmares about running in clown shoes, running in a uniform constructed out of my own hair and running through a track filled entirely with pudding. I have known teammates to dream of running through oceans. But pre-race nightmares should not be feared. Rather, they should rather be embraced as a friendly indication that we care very much about the challenge ahead. Nervous is a cousin to excited.

“Speed Goggles” is a five-part series created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who also created the feature film “Tracktown.” Watch Part 1: “The Elite Runner.” or Part 2: “Normal People”. Ms. Pappas will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Greece.

When Runners Don’t Have Real Jobs: A Film Featuring Alexi Pappas

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Normal People

Elite runners have vastly different lives than the rest of us.

By JEREMY TEICHER on Publish Date July 14, 2016.

I remember the first time it occurred to me that I was the only one of all my college friends who did not have, by normal standards, a real job.

My friends were going to meetings in office towers or attending lectures in grad school while I was taking naps in an altitude tent and wearing compression socks. This thought occurred to me while stretching on a random high school track. Here I was at 11:30 a.m. on a Wednesday as the sound of the school bell rang across the empty fields.

A surge of fear passed through me. What was I doing with my life? A group of teenagers who were ditching class waved at me. I waved back and started my run.

“Speed Goggles” is a five-part series created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who also created the feature film “Tracktown.” Watch Part 1: “The Elite Runner.” Ms. Pappas will be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Greece.

Runners on Film: Alexi Pappas Makes More Movies

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The Elite Runner

Presenting “Speed Goggles,” a series of short films about runners.

By Video by JEREMY TEICHER on Publish Date July 7, 2016.

Alexi Pappas is a renaissance runner. She writes poems. She makes and stars in movies. She tweets. Even her signature bun has its own Twitter account.

Her latest project, “Speed Goggles,” is a series of short films about runners. The name refers to the way runners sometimes change their opinion about a person or develop a romantic crush once they learn how fast the person runs. (Sort of like the term “beer goggles,” which refers to how we might feel differently about someone after a few pints of beer.)

Ms. Pappas, a Greek-American who will be representing Greece in the Olympics in Rio this summer, made the video series with her partner, the filmmaker Jeremy Teicher. The duo is sharing the full series with New York Times readers each week for the next five weeks. (You can read more about Ms. Pappas in this recent feature story from The Times.)

The first film is a parody of a nature film, with elite runners (Ms. Pappas and the two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating) as the featured creatures. Although Ms. Pappas and Mr. Teicher funded the project themselves, they shot the short films on Super 8 film stock provided by Kodak. I recently spoke with Ms. Pappas about why she made the short series and what filming has in common with racing. Here’s our conversation.

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What are these films about?

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We wanted to shoot something that were little slices of the life I’ve been living for the past several years. They’re not tied to one particular event but they reflect the dedication and lifestyle. They are about things that are real and serious but also quirky and funny and very specific to the running world. We wanted to capture that in these little episodes.

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I know Kodak donated some film, but why did you want to use film to shoot these episodes?

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Film is so cool. The thing about film is that it’s so freeing. You can’t look at it when you’re shooting it, and it’s expensive to develop so you don’t do multiple takes. There is something liberating, a thrilling scary feeling of shooting on real film. It’s gorgeous and gritty and detailed.

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Why do you think film is suited to running?

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The colors are more vibrant than digital, and I felt like it was the best medium to capture running . When you’re running you notice a leaf on the side of the road. It’s not one color green but it’s a million shades of green because of the way the light is hitting it, and the shade and that you’re moving past it quickly. Film captures that.

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Why was it liberating to know you only had one or two takes?

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It’s almost like preparing for a race. You prepare as best you can. We wrote the script, we set up what we thought would be the right lighting or place in the woods. We rehearsed. Once the gun goes off in a race – or once you start clicking action and shoot it, you can’t turn around. You just go with it until the clicking stops. It did feel like racing. That level of improvisation and carrying on is liberating as a filmmaker in the same way it might be to a runner in a race.

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What do you want people to get from these films?

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I hope people identify with these films in some way and also see a world they may not always see. It’s the life of an elite runner outside the track. I think runners will appreciate the elements of it, and hopefully laugh along with us.

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