What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Vintage, Apr 1, 2009 - Marathon running - 179 pages
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In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, the author began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes the reader to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him.
 

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Murakami is honestly delightful about the reality of running, writing and getting older. Two out of the three he wanted to do and the other just happened. All three are challenges he faces with wit, grit determination and raw honesty. I read it and went for a run. Read full review

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

I am not a runner and I often wonder why people choose to put their bodies through grueling marathons. This book explains that very question in a charming and simple way. It was a joy to read, and ... Read full review

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Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
24
Section 4
48
Section 5
69
Section 6
88
Section 7
103
Section 8
123
Section 9
136
Section 10
152
Section 11
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