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

8 Mar

This was a good book and easy to read. Murakami talks about running and it’s also a bit of an autobiography too. The excellent thing about it is that while he was talking about running he talked about what I think about and sometimes talk about with cycling. The way he feels before and during big races, how he trains, how he feels afterwards. He managed to put into words a lot of how I have felt in the past.

A great quote was “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

Another was how he spoke of his approach both to writing and running: finish knowing you can do more. Don’t keep going until you have no more to give, keep something in the tank. It’s not one single day you want, you’re in it for the long haul so do what you can maintain regularly. End the day knowing you can do more. A great approach and one I’m learning to use more.

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