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- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (July 29, 2008)
- Publication Date: July 29, 2008
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0015DWJ8W
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aside from the joy of gaining insight from his decades of experience, I found the author to be respectable, humble, and generally just a likable guy. Id' love to have coffee with him pick his brain some more. I found his humility and honesty refreshing and rare in a field where I am accustomed to sensationalized, horn-tooting tales of superatletes. I liked that he opened up about limits that come with aging, (though he's still faster than I may ever be) and how the love of running can wax and wann over time. Humility is an aspect often left out when people talk about running, but I find that at times I leave for a run expecting to feel a great sense of accomplishment, and return humbled instead, and those runs are every bit as important. I am grateful that he touched on those feelings.
Running is such a metaphor for life, it only makes sense that a writer may be an avid runner. I often write in my head while I run, and I enjoyed this account of someone who has been doing both for decades.
For the first quart of the book, I wondered when the book would come to a point. I guess I was expecting some epiphany. Once I passed that point, I realized that there was no point. I'd passed he same point with my running. I could never explain it to non-runners. Of course it doesn't make sense to run a marathon, not to mention running the second, third and umpteenth marathon. You do it because you like it. If you don't like it, don't do it.
The great epiphany that I got, was that the author Murakami did a pretty good job at explaining what he goes through when he prepares for a marathon and runs the actual thing. And that my experience was pretty similar to his. Except that he does a much better job at describing the process than I ever could.
In that sense, I would recommend this book to anybody who has a friend who's into running, and they have a need to understand why this person is doing this thing that doesn't make any sense on any (evolutionary) level, but is still loving every nanosecond of it. Despite all the pain and injuries and suffering.
Having read it as a runner, I can just say that Murakami is right about it all. But if you run marathons, you don't need to be convinced about that. Otherwise you wouldn't run in the first place.
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