It’s 5.25PM in Los Angeles and 8.20AM in Melbourne and I am somewhere in between, 30,000 feet in the sky. I’ve just finished reading Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and for the first time in a long time (if ever), I have finished a book in one sitting. It’s short, I’ll admit, but it’s long enough for me to feel good about it.

It was only 12 months ago that I reminded myself of how much of a kick I got out of reading. I have recently taken up running, so when I discovered this book via my brother, I felt drawn to read it. When Murakami started running seriously in his early thirties, he claimed it was when he also became a serious novelist. The internet tells me he has written at least 29 books now (a few of which I’ve read). He talks about the relationship between his writing and being a triathlete/marathon runner in this semi-memoir. An ultra marathon runner, at that.

He speaks of commitment, lethargy, routine, self-awareness and accomplishment in a way that allows you into his world, but doesn’t take the mystery away. In a simple and straightforward manner, he illuminates everyday language and settings with original insights. Well, at least that’s what I got out of it. I can relate to the way Murakami talks about running marathons. I sometimes think that being on tour might be like running a marathon.

I would read it again. Or recommend it to friends. And for now, I’m keeping it on the road with me, to remind me to put on my running shoes in the morning.

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