Way Of The Runner


We know what Haruki Murakami talks about when he talks about running – but did you know that Japan has the most developed and lucrative running league in the world? Or that one of the biggest events in Japan’s sporting calendar is an intensely fought marathon relay race called an ‘ekiden’, which gets Superbowl-like viewing figures on TV? From the marathon monks who run a thousand marathons in a thousand days in search of spiritual enlightenment, to the car and electronics companies who see their ekiden teams as a badge of corporate honour, Finn takes us on a tour of Japan’s complex, contradictory and unique running culture.

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Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, where: a long-distance relay race is the country’s biggest annual sporting event; companies sponsor their own running teams, paying the athletes like employees; and marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

Adharanand Finn – award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans – moved to Japan to discover more about this unique running culture and what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. As an amateur runner about to turn forty, he also hoped find out whether the Japanese approach to training might help him keep improving. What he learned – about competition, about team work, about beating your personal bests, about form and about himself – will fascinate anyone who is keen to explore why we run, and how we might do it better.

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 2.4 cm






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796.4250952 (edition:23)


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