Thoughts on: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

I could have written this book. Not that I have Murakamis masterful penmanship. That’s not my point. It’s just that our lessons learned from years of running are very similar. We got into it for the same reasons (by noticing we where becoming fat and tired.), it provided similar insights and it seems as dear to both of us.
It’s not how-to book about running but a memoir centered around the activity.
📝 “No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a complenative, even meditative, act.”
What has become your ritual? Rituals allow for stillness and productive work in a chaotic world.
📝 “In long distance running the only opponent you have to beat us yourself.”
One of the biggest appeals of running for me.
📝 “Back then I was smoking 60 cigarettes a day” “This can’t be good for me I decided.”
This reminds me how I started. I realized I started to look like an old man. Flappy and lifeless in a way. About this time Born to Run was released and it ended up in my lap – the rest is history. I’ve been running ever since.
📝 Murakami found running to be a great ally in fighting against withdrawal symptoms when quitting smoking. I also used running as my main tool to against cravings when I quit nicotine 2y ago. Nothing works better.
📝 “The desire in me to be alone hasn’t changed. Which is why the hour or so I spend running, maintaining my own private silent time, is important to keep my mental well-being.” #amen
“I traveled to Greece and ran, by myself, from Athens to the town of Marathon.”
This idea or running the original marathon route inspired me so much that I added it to my bucket list. I will work on this goal after I finish my goal of running 10k (6.2 mi) in 45min. 😅
It’s unlike other book ive read on running, and ive read quite a few, because this is not the story of an athlete or a top performer, but just a normal individuals story about how running have impacted his life. Beautiful book!
⁉️ Tell me about your experience with running? I want to know!⁉️
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