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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running | Haruki Murakami
From the best-selling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark, a rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running, and the integral impact both have made on his life.In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, hed completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a slew of critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life andeven more importanton his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and includes settings ranging from Tokyos Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvellous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after the age of fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
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ManyWordsLater
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Started training for my marathon in November.
Murakami and I seem to have similar musings while running.
😬😬🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️💨💨💨

JamieArc Good luck! 7mo
Kammbia1 This one is on my short list of all the favorite books. I‘ve read it several times over the years. As a writer and runner, this book has been inspirational for me. 7mo
Kammbia1 Good luck on the marathon! 7mo
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cariashley
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I‘ve been running consistently for just over 4 years and it‘s been an absolute lifesaver for my sanity, especially during the dark days of Covid. And as a big Murakami fan, I can‘t believe I didn‘t pick up this short memoir sooner. I really enjoyed listening to his musings on running and writing, even when I couldn‘t relate to them - I‘m not a distance runner and have no interest in marathons. Extra fun to listen to this while running ☺️🏃🏼‍♀️

HeatherBlue I‘ve been (slowly) getting into running. This looks like a great read!! 9mo
cariashley @HeatherBlue good for you - the hardest part was creating the habit, running is not naturally easy for me! 9mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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Tonight‘s reading.

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ChrisBohjalian
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Diving in this weekend! Murakami!

slategreyskies Ah, I‘ve been meaning to read that one. Enjoy! :) 13mo
Megabooks That was good. 👍🏻 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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sarahlandis
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I decided to read this even though I've been told it wasn't very good. Since I've been challenging myself a lot recently with running, I found this a fascinating read. Murakami was more relatable than Meb in 26 Marathons because he is more a recreational runner. He rambles on about the nuances of aging, being a writer, being a runner, and a normal human that is just tyring to live a worthwhile life. It made me laugh and think a lot about my life

Megabooks I enjoyed this too. 2y
Pogue This was honestly the only book I have like by this author. 2y
sarahlandis @Pogue I agree! I've tried a few of his novels and they just weren't for me. 2y
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iamtoddseal
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I felt good by the end, sort of like I‘d just finished a quick run with a friend, chatting the whole time to keep a reasonable pace. Murakami‘s ideas scale to shorter distances, though you also get a feel for how your pain changes when you push further. This captures so much of what makes up the loneliness of any distance runner, many considerations I had not pondered before but then caught myself nodding in agreement with how Murakami phrased it.

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iamtoddseal
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“You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring.”

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iamtoddseal
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“Once Halloween is over, winter, like some capable tax collector, sets in, consciously and silently” (89).

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anushareflects
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This was both powerful and amusing, when in the book Murakami said this is what he would like on his headstone when he passes. Identifying himself as writer and runner, “Atleast he never walked”.

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anushareflects
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As an avid runner myself, this book was an absolute treat to read. I‘ve read several of Murakami‘s fiction works but I am conflicted on how I feel about them, because magical realism isn‘t one of my favourite genres. But I loved this running autobiography. It‘s so insightful and strikes all the right chords with a fellow athlete. I definitely recommend!

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Andrew65
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End of Day 1 of the #24B4Monday Readathon

Read for 4 hrs 53 mins, reading 280 pages and finishing 1 book.

How are you doing?

jb72 Great job! 3y
Andrew65 @jb72 Thanks, not bad with a work day. 😊 (edited) 3y
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Andrew65
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This was my sixth Haruki Murakami book this month for #AuthoraMonth.
I enjoyed this most of all of them, talking about the role of running within his life and how this has become a much greater challenge as he has got older and his running times have deteriorated. I like the way he also linked up his writing to the challenges in his writing. Under 200 pages (192) but still a very good read, and read it all last night and in the early hours.

Andrew65 Currently at a lowly 39 minutes for #24B4Monday @SumisBooks @jb72 3y
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Not sure if you have finished counting the Murakami books but this one should be 11. 3y
Soubhiville I‘ll double check. 3y
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Andrew65 @Soubhiville ☺️👍 3y
Soubhiville Alright I‘ve updated and added the two you tagged me in. Thanks Andrew! 📚😊 3y
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Thanks. And also thanks for the great job you do with this. 👏👏👏🙌 3y
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LauraJ
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I‘m incredibly unathletic, but I was watching the L.A. Marathon from my window as I listened and now have a better understanding of why anyone would want to do such a thing! There‘s also a lot about Murakami‘s writing, which is ultimately why this book worked for me. I‘m reading “The Rat” trilogy and am seeing bits of Murakami‘s life seeping into the settings and characters. 4/5🎽
#authoramonth

Trashcanman 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼🤗😘 3y
Soubhiville Logged, that‘s 12📚 3y
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Susanita
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I‘ve never really liked running, but I enjoyed reading this...memoir? essay collection? series of vignettes?

It‘s an interesting insight into the author‘s writing process and training regimen, plus a bit of autobiography and self deprecating humor. There was also a nice little aside about his project to translate Gatsby into Japanese. I‘ve heard his fiction works are a little weird, but this is pretty straightforward and accessible. #authoramonth

BookishMe You're right... His NF will work for those who are not fan of fantasy (whatever genre his novels fall under ;)) I enjoyed this memoir very much! 3y
Soubhiville Logged, that‘s 3📚 3y
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Eggs
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Haruki writes beautifully with organic metaphors of the parallels of being a runner and a writer.
“It‘s far better to live your life with clear goals and be fully alive than in a fog. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual Limits: that‘s the essence of running....and for writing as well.” Enjoyed this!
#authoramonth2020
#memoirmonday
#magnificentmarch

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 🏃🏻 3y
BookishMe The only Murakami I could understand and relate to... Lol! Maybe I should reread this to get back my fitness (running) mojo ;o 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 3y
Soubhiville Logged, 22📚 3y
Eggs Thanks @Soubhiville Soubhi 🤗🙏🏻 3y
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Eggs
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« There‘s a wise saying that goes like this : a gentleman never discusses women he‘s broken up with or how much tax he‘s paid. »

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

mollyrotondo Yes! Such a good first line! 3y
Eggs @mollyrotondo However, the 2nd line is: « Actually this is a total lie-I just made this up! » 3y
mollyrotondo @Eggs oh no! This is why you don‘t trust men! Haha 🤣 3y
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Megabooks
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I didn‘t understand that when I moved to East Tennessee, I‘d moved to a ground zero for people doing outdoor activities. The AT, tough mudders, triathlons, marathons, etc. I didn‘t get it.

Happiness for me = book & blanket

I think this writing by Murakami embodies the appeal of those activities that my friends found. It‘s a little about competition but more about consistency and beauty. 4⭐️

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

SauerPatch I had similar feelings when I moved to the PNW! 3y
Megabooks @SauerPatch yes! People were nice, but they didn‘t seem to understand why I didn‘t want to hike or run my weekends away! 3y
Cinfhen Nice review, I agree that Murakami has a nice way about him but this book,unfortunately just didn‘t do anything for me. 3y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! I‘m sorry it didn‘t do it for you. 😕 3y
Lizstarks Great review! This is my favourite book of all time. Murakami has such a simplistic way of looking at things and writing. A constant reminder to take pleasure it little things. Love him and this book and anyone else who feels the same way 🥰 3y
Megabooks @Croissonter thanks! I can see the appeal in this book. It made me understand my distance-running friends better. 3y
Soubhiville Logged, this is 4📚 3y
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Cinfhen
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This isn‘t the book I was expecting. I thought I‘d feel inspired to lace up my sneakers, get outside and run, maybe not sprint but at least get motivated. Murakami isn‘t writing that book. This is more of an inner workings of his mind, his thought process towards writing, aging, staying focused and enduring. It was thoughtful and mindful but not necessarily empowering or rousing(at least for me). Just ok. #AuthorAMonth

Geenie Oh. I see. 🤔. Odd. Do you feel like you were sent off maybe? 3y
Cinfhen This book has LOTS of LOVE and people described it to me as inspirational so I was expecting something really motivational @Geenie but this is more quiet and elegant 3y
BookishMe This is the book that made me lace up! I never imagined I'd complete half-marathons until this 3y
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Cinfhen Thanks @BookishMe I‘ll see if I can find it!!! And woohoo 🙌🏻 congrats on the half marathon 🏃🏼‍♀️ 3y
BookishMe Thank you ;D but it's been ages since I ran. Got to get fit to run 😄😅 3y
Cinfhen I hear that @BookishMe it‘s never too late to lace up again 😘 3y
BookishMe 💕👌🏾💕 3y
Amandajoy I felt the same way. The title is a bit misleading. 3y
Cinfhen I think this was just on me @Amandajoy It was pleasant listening and I feel like I got to know a bit more about Murakami but this book won‘t stay with me in any meaningful way 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
Megabooks See my review. I came at it with zero expectations and something about my past clicked in the last two chapters. It was interest. 3y
Soubhiville Logged, that‘s 2📚 3y
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Cinfhen
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If I‘m not reading then I‘m listening 🎧#AuthorAMonth now if I can only start running 🏃🏻‍♀️ 😉

erzascarletbookgasm My first Murakami. 👍 3y
Cinfhen It‘s my first Murakami too @erzascarletbookgasm He‘s an author that‘s ALWAYS INTIMIDATED me but this book is wonderful and totally engaging 💚 3y
sisilia I likes this one 😍 3y
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BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one but loved some of his others. However I feel like I‘ve had enough of him now, you know what I mean? 3y
Megabooks I checked this out from the library. Twins!! 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️ 3y
BookishMe The only Murakami I could understand and relate to! Lol @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen I totally get it @BarbaraBB this book was enough for me. Even in this brief memoir his mind wandered and meandered @BookishMarginalia It was ok but nothing that wowed me @sisilia Curious to see what u think @Megabooks 3y
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This was an interesting short collection of essays on running and writing. I wish it had skewed more towards writing, but I enjoyed the peek into Murakami‘s mind and process.

Buechersuechtling Well, I think you can‘t expect a book with this title to be vastly about writing. And yes, that would be my reason for reading it: To the peek into Murakami‘s mind and process. 3y
thebluestocking Right? 😂 I didn‘t expect it to be about writing; that was just the stuff I found the most interesting. 💙 (edited) 3y
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“I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my #desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I‘ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.” #QuotsyJan20

Cathythoughts Great quote ! I can identify 👍🏻❤️ I do love my solitude ( & people too ) (edited) 3y
plemmdog ❤️ always nice to know I‘m not alone in wanting to be alone 3y
TK-421 @plemmdog Autophiles unite! Figuratively speaking 😂 3y
TK-421 @Cathythoughts I really identify with this quote too, especially “I‘m the type of person who doesn‘t find it painful to be alone” ❤️ 3y
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I did not really enjoy this book.The gist of the book is all the reasons why the author likes running. But it has surely made me decide that it's high time since I take up running as an exercise xD

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Kerishna
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A metaphysical guide to marathon running 🏃🏾‍♀️

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TheReadingCompanion
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Excellent memoir even if it‘s about a sport, but the many references to discipline, writing and goals made it a very enjoyable memoir. My favourite Murakami so far.

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Finished Murakami's memoir, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running". Murakmai relates running with life itself. He states that we can't control the pain or sorrow that life throws at us, but we can decide on how we will approach the situation. This book will open your mind to think more positively! I highly recommend it!

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Trying to motivate myself! Getting out the door is hard but I‘m always glad I went for a run when I‘m done ✅ Also trying to make peace with the fact that as I age I am slowing down. #bfc3 #bookfitnesschallenge #audiobook #read

Kappadeemom Me too! 3y
Howseldomtheydo @Kappadeemom 👍🏻 4 slow miles ✅🥵 and smiling 🤗 3y
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Boooooks
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5⭐️ could definitely see myself re-reading this when I need a bit of motivation, hopefully this can give me a push to run outside 😬

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Bkwurm I‘ve heard great things about this one. I love Murakami. It would be interesting to read a memoir. 4y
TheEllieMo I started this one; parked it as I wasn‘t enjoying it tbh 4y
Velvetfur Oohh I've just read this one! See review on my page 😁 I'll have a read of yours now too 👍 4y
lovelybookshelf I'm not into running, but I'm a huge Murakami fan, so I tried this anyhow (on audio) and really enjoyed it. Liked how his thoughts on running applied to life in general. 4y
Naltez This is one of my favorites. The idea of perseverance and how it applies to all aspects of life is ... inspiring? A way to keep going? Either way I have come back to this often 4y
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CaroPi
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So this week my #bookfitnesschallenge is a bit later I was far away from society and just coming back.... My 30 days challenge is going slower than expected but there is progress...the best is my reading progress. I am crashing it!
#BFCr2
#bfc

wanderinglynn Great week! 🙌🏻 You‘re making fantastic progress! 🎉 4y
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Eringogreen
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Quick, interesting and inspiring as I began a journey toward learning to jog. From an author who wrote one of my favorite novels.

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The pollen count was finally low enough to venture out for a quick run. No audiobook, but a lovely chat with my husband - I jogged alongside him while he walked. Love these quiet vacation mornings. Got some reading in this morning as well - finished The Countess Conspiracy and Essential Scrum, and got a few more chapters into Leadership in Turbulent Times.

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"Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusion of a person about to loose consciousness."

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! Check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get tips on connecting & navigating Litsy 4y
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 4y
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Dolly
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This held my interest to a certain extent but that was mostly because I was doing work outside, had no other options, and it was fairly short.

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"All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing...”

He may not be #borntorun, but running plays a big role in Murakami's life. This memoir gives a glimpse of the man himself, where he reflects on his passion for long-distance running, its relevance to writing, and the connection between running and life. I enjoyed this, my first Murakami. #marchintothe70s

sisilia Murakami‘s best 4y
gradcat This is a wonderful choice! ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 4y
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britt_brooke I really liked this one! 4y
Blaire I liked this one too! 4y
NitaSweeney One of my favorites. I love how his mind works. 4y
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Amandakay
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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

BarbaraTheBibliophage Central principle of Buddhism. 4y
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sailu112
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Being a runner myself, I could resonate with Haruki Murakami on so many levels. The way a runner feels on the race day to what they think about when they are running. It felt like those were the words which were hidden in my brain waiting to be spoken

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LouLouLane
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I don‘t run but I like the idea of running.

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dariazeoli
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I‘m not a runner, and this is my first Murakami book, but I think I found a kindred spirit today! 😁

Kappadeemom Yes!!! 4y
valeriegeary Amen. 🙌 4y
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