This week's cover story, "Running on Empty," profiles Diane Israel, a former endurance athlete who in the 1980s helped put the fledgling Boulder triathlete scene on the map -- but in the process nearly destroyed herself. Her road to recovery has taken years, and one of the steps along the way was her 2008 film Beauty Mark, a documentary that began as an examination of eating disorders but evolved into a personal examination of Israel's internal demons.
The film mixes raw moments of pain with flashes of upbeat humor as it tracks Israel's evolution from a successful but troubled young athlete to a confident woman who still struggles with her own body image. A preview of it can be watched below, and an educational version of the film, designed for classrooms, can be purchased at the Beauty Mark website.
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It's an important watch for road runners and couch potatoes alike.
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