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The Way of the Runner

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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A journey into Japan's fabled running culture from the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans.

Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, a place where a 135-mile relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. Marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

Adharanand Finn spent six months immersed in this unique running culture to discover what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. As an amateur runner about to turn 40, he also hoped to find out whether the Japanese approach to training might help him run faster. What he learned - about competition, teamwork, form, chasing personal bests and himself - will fascinate anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.

©2015 Adharanand Finn (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Inspiring stuff, and fascinating, too.

Hard to believe this fanatical culture exists in Japan and the rest of the world is oblivious. Finn has found a perfect balance between travel and culture writer and running nerd. Good running literature can be hard to find. New book please, Finn, and soon! There must be more exotic running cultures out there to discover.

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  • Dan
  • 24-06-2016

Another cracker from Aharanand Finn! Great read!

A great read and another really interesting insight into a new world of running. Check it out fo' sure!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2019

Great listen

Great listen. I enjoyed Running with the Kenyans more, but I still enjoyed this book thoroughly. Finn informs us about the strange world of Japanese running culture while on his own running journey.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-2016

loved it!!!!!

if you love running you will love this book. full of tips on improving techniques

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  • Vivienne F
  • 23-07-2018

Another fascinating study of a running nation

I loved 'Running with the Kenyans', and was thrilled to discover that Adharanand Finn had conducted a second one-man study, this time based in Japan. I love the fact that his wife and children are fully involved in these excursions, which really adds an extra dimension. This was another fascinating observation on a country's culture and attitude towards running, as well as a contemplative study of the author's own running. Interesting and engaging in equal measures, and inspired me to keeping looking for better form in my own running, even though I have no aspiration to win (or even enter!) any races.

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  • Matthew
  • 22-08-2016

Excellent.

Brilliant listen, very enjoyable. Fascinating insight into Japanese running which was little known to me. Also highly recommended Running With Kenyans.

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  • Tri Jules
  • 28-09-2019

Fascinating insight in to running and culture in Japan

I really enjoyed this audible book. I have listened to Finn’s other books too, including Running with the Kenyans and it is really interesting to go along on his journey of discovery with him. His insight into the Japanese running scene is excellent and leads to many lessons.

The narrator is excellent albeit Finn doesn’t narrate this one. I have got used to Finn’s voice and I always think it is good when the author narrates. I don’t know why another narrator was used but despite that the narrator is a consummate professional and very easy to listen to.

As part of the journey Finn meets one of the marathon monks who do 1,000 marathons in 1,000 days. Surprisingly few have completed it, partly because there is a bit more to it. It is very difficult to get the meeting but when Finn meets one of the monks, the monk has rather surprising questions for Finn!

I am looking forward to whatever subject Finn jumps on to next...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2019

Enjoyable but not as epic as his other books.

This book was very enjoyable. I have recently finished The Rise of the Ultra Runner and loved it and I have very fond memories of Running With the Kenyans. This book didn't quite reach this heights but didn't have me gripped for long periods. It was so interesting with regards to Japan as a running country which I had never before realised it was. Overall very good but not just as epic as his other books.

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  • paul sparks
  • 26-03-2018

Better second time around

I read the book ages ago and decided to listen this time using audible, aside from the irritating narrator it was really good to listen to the story unfolding, highly recommended

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  • Boo Boo
  • 29-10-2016

Enjoyable

Nicely read, and interesting content.

Though really a tad facile in the end.

Worth a listen though.