Friday read: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

As part of my MA project I’m exploring the relationship between running and creativity. I’m interested in how running helps my writing practice. Murakami memoir

A few years ago I read Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. The idea that both running and writing are a form of endurance interested me. I’m also interested in the idea of applying the principles of running to my writing – the idea that regular training will make me a better runner and writer.

I love running. I love writing. My project combines the two. This week I’ve been revisiting Murakami’s memoir so I decided to recommend it for my Friday read.

Here’s the blurb:

‘In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

‘Equal parts travelogue, training log and reminiscence, this revealing memoir cover his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and setting ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston. Funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.’

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