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The Way of the Runner

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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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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  • 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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  • 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.