‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ – Haruki Murakami
I’ve read a few books about people who have undertaken athletic feats in various disciplines but this one stands out from the rest in many ways
First of all, it’s a relatively short book, only 170 or so pages. It’s also written in a low key, subtle style. All too often, books relating to endurance sports are filled with “lung busting, leg burning” anecdotes. This is fine and to be expected, but it was good to read this very personal journey of one man’s relationship to running and what it means to him in his life.
So many of the accounts in this book are relatable with regards to the physical aspects as well as mental aspects as to why people run and what it means to have running as a constant (almost necessary) theme in your life.
This book flows so easily and is a joy to read. It’s also sparked a need to exorcise some old demons when it comes to marathon running, I’ve got some unfinished business there I think!
Definitely worth picking up if you’re a runner, a Murikami fan or both
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