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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

I was going through the runners block whereby the passion felt forced and inevitably unmotivated  to train for marathons. Motivation can be obtained from books taken by surprise after this gem. You know when you read a book and it just speaks to you? Something about the time and place and just all the circumstances match up and you know you read the book at the perfect time? This was that.

Most Important Aspects of the Book 

This book is definitely about writing and running. The author’s passion for running and love for writing was interconnected. Eventually, the author uses life lessons from the running to  immerse the creative aspect such as journaling about his training, his ups and downs, and for a person who really really hates running I found this an absolute pleasure. Sure, this was about running, but it was really about a person who loves something, and I learned so much from his determination and passion and consistency. It was such a meditative reading experience for me, a chance to listen to someone talk about their life and the lessons they’ve learned, through a journal on running and writing.

If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that.

Haruki Murakami

Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole – My personal favorite line by Haruki Murakami


It is as if the book were written for me. Love it, for very personal reasons, naturally because I love running. Actually thinking about when will be my first marathon before reading this book.

This book is excellent. This author has a special style to coil up deep desire and deep philosophy in the form of writing but on a personal note it gives me very relatable lessons and deepened knowledge and wisdom about running. His writing is so great that reading this book makes me want to run more with proper training plans and keep passion going. He writes about the successes and failures, the effect of ageing and his reasons why he runs and keeps running.

Similar Books 

Google suggested few book similar to this book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall and  Acting with Power: Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe by Deborah Gruenfeld.

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