What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
* finished 30 August 2014
I’ve never been a runner. Any kind of runner, let alone a long distance runner. I’ve always been overweight. Even when I was working out regularly and playing varsity tennis in high school and lifting weights, I felt like I was overweight. Running always felt awkward and weird and hard and awful and not something I would ever want to be doing for any length of time, and definitely not for long distances. I ran laps in gym when I had to, and walked instead when I could. I ran laps around the tennis courts at the beginning of practice, slow as hell, I don’t think there was one time I finished with everyone else. usually I was lapped at least once, if not more than once. So to say I don’t have a frame of reference for all of his talk about marathons and running is an understatement. I really have no freaking clue. But the interesting thing about this book is how he tied his running to his writing life.