I have read only one book of his before - kafka on the shore. He is an amazing fiction writer and paints such crazy images and situations. ( http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2008/07/kafka-on-shore.html ). I was very curious to know what he had to talk about when he talks about running!
|Pic from one of his interviews ( http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-410--8908-0,00.html)|
I will list down some interesting facts I still remember.
* He does not walk when he runs in the marathon. He will take a break to stretch his legs - but he never walks as a policy. I am still in the run-walk-run routine, will try to emulate this.
* He has run the ultra marathon - 100 Kms in a day. This very thought is crazy. While a marathon with 42 kms is itself a crazy number - I just could not digest this number. He gives a vivid account on what went through his mind and body on that day when he ran this. How his body resisted and finally something inside him gave away and he could run with no pain. He reaches a meditative state. It is so beautiful to just listen to this part - imagine if you could experience it.
* He talks about how running helps his writing. Makes absolute sense - It is all about Focus, Endurance and Rhythm. This passage is brilliant how he relates his writing to running.
* Our man ran the real "Marathon" - between Athens and the small town of Marathon.
* He has run 1 marathon every year for the past 24 years.
* Best quote from the book "Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional".
This book is like an adrenaline shot to beginner runners like me.