Weeks before the Condura marathon, I took out the book from the magazine box, peeled off its plastic cover and started to read the foreword. I couldn’t stop turning the next pages.
Haruki Murakami, the author, shared his personal experiences, real feelings, thoughts, and philosophies both as a runner and as a novelist. I could relate to some of his experiences, his reasons for running, and why he is silent when running. Interesting to note are his struggles as a newbie runner, as a marathoner, as a triathlete, and as an ultra marathoner. Here’s a special preview of his thoughts.
“Running is sort of a vague theme to begin with, and I found it hard to figure out exactly what I should say about it.”
“I’ve never recommended running to others.”
On Long-Distance (Marathon) Running
“Some people are suited more for marathon …”
“If some people have an interest in long-distance running, just leave them be, and they’ll start running on their own…”
“Marathon running is not a sport for everyone…”
On Being Competitive
“… When it comes to a game against someone, the competitive aspect makes me uncomfortable.”
“… I never cared all that much whether I beat others or lost to them.”
“World-class runners, of course, want to outdo their closest rivals, but for your average, everyday runner, individual rivalry isn’t a major issue.”
Interesting, eh? Find out more on what he said about runner’s blues, the difficulties he experienced the first time he rode a bike as part of his training for a triathlon, how he learned to swim, and many more.
Try to get a copy since this is not that expensive. It’s now available in local bookstores.
12 thoughts on “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: a Memoir: a Must-read”
hey roselle, that's a pretty nice read… i used to think that he was just this nerdy philisophical novelist (like your stereotypical japanese artists), so i was really amused to know how dedicated he was to running. 🙂
Dino, congrats on your Singapore stint! Yeah, I thought so, too, about the author. One thing I like about Mr. Murakami is his style of writing, the way he connects writing to running. It's like blogging vs. running, if you know what I mean? 😉
That's a nice read, Divine. Couldn't stop turning the pages too once you get to start. The guy likes Mizuno shoes. Obvious ba?
Hi roselle, you got me interested there. Will try to get hold of this book. Thanks for sharing! – Mariel
So, you've read it Jazzrunner? Nice di ba? Yeah, it's obvious why Mizuno. I like Mizuno. One of the best pairs I ever had.
Hello Mariel, thank you for your interest. Am sure you'll love it. Did you run Condura race? If so, congrats! 😉
I received this book as a gift too. My favorite quote: \”Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional\”runningDATCom
Hi Roselle, Seems very interesting. I'm not a runner but always up for some good reading! Hope you're doing well 🙂
Hey Roselle, I was just looking at that book online kanina .. hehe. I suggest you also read Marathon woman. I am still about to startreading it 😀
Will try to find that book, Chai. 😉
Yeah, I also wrote that quote for me to remember, RunnigDATcom. Ey, nice to hear from you.
Good read. Try to find one @Kerry