What i think about when i talk about running

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what i think about when i talk about running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, hed completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and--even more important--on his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyos Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
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A bestselling Japanese novelist whose work has been translated into 42 languages, he is also a long-distance runner who has completed dozens of marathons and triathlons worldwide. He rises at 5am, eats mostly vegetables and fish, and once ran an "ultramarathon" of 62 miles in a single day. Just listing his achievements is enough to make you want to crawl under the duvet with a copy of Heat and a family bucket of KFC. This book offers a loose bundle of reflections on his motivation and training methods, with musings on pain "the point where my legs start to scream" and the need to master it through sheer force of will. None of it sounds like fun. So what does he think about while running?

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