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Novelist Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a fascinating book--for runners and couch potatoes alike.
Fans may be surprised to learn that Murakami is a veteran distance runner whose accomplishments include an ultramarathon (62 miles in a day), multiple triathlons, and yearly marathons.
This book explores what drives him to run, how running is connected to his writing career, and how he finds the time to do it all.
If Running is in Your Future
While Murakami emphasizes that running is not for everyone, it's hard for non-runners to resist giving it a shot after reading his book. Before you start, be sure to:
- Talk to your doctor.
- Check out Runner's World Complete Book of Running for tips to get started.
Music may enhance a run and give you more energy. Here are three songs Murakami enjoys running to:
"Sympathy for the Devil" (from the album Beggar's Banquet ), Lala, by The Rolling Stones
"Daydream" (from the album Anthology), Lala, by The Lovin' Spoonful
"Reptile" (from the album Reptile), Lala, by Eric Clapton
Photo Credit: Run.Always by Nwardez
Karen Choy is a tall Youth Services Librarian who giggles a lot. She enjoys horror stories, road movies, giraffes, and rock shows.