I recently finished Haruki Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and I liked it a lot. Haruki is a long-distance runner, much like myself. He’s completed one marathon and one triathlon a year for about 20 years.
The nice thing about this memoir was that he explains how running and writing require similar disciplines, which I believe to be true, as well. Like running, writing in itself will keep you accountable, because the only person who needs to be there for you to be a writer is you, the same with running.
Also, running long-distance is a solo sport, which many people deem crazy. The ones who are crazy enough to do realize the secret to the distance running, and that secret is contained in this book.
(Just keep running)
At any rate, whether you’re a runner, a writer, or a reader, you will enjoy the simple, elegant way Murakami writes, his effortless explanations around both writing and running, and the imagery within the book.
What’s on your night table?