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The Way of the Runner: A journey into the fabled world of Japanese running Paperback – 2 Apr 2015
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What an adventure! From the first page, I was hooked. Way of the Runner is a heartwarming journey into a wonderful world that I never knew existed until Adharanand Finn swept me up and brought me there. (Christopher McDougall, author of Natural Born Heroes and Born to Run)
Brilliant ... Funny, charming and wise. Finn shines a light on a way of life that puts serious running at the heart of its culture and shows why the way of the runner: the racing and preparation, but also the culture, diet and lifestyle, is really a way of life - one that all of us, runners and non-runners alike should all aspire to. (Robin Harvie, author of Why We Run)
Insightful ... packed with tips for runners. (Shortlist)
Combines great storytelling with immersive research ... Finn, a lovely, anxious narrator as he approaches his 40th birthday worried about his race times, discovers how utterly ingrained in the Japanese psyche running is - as a mainstay of both community and psychology ... Useful as a fresh perspective on your own running. (Alexandra Heminsley (author of RUNNING LIKE A GIRL), Independent on Sunday)
Brilliant, superbly written and a cracking read. (Kate Carter Guardian Running Blog)
A great look at Japanese distance running and will provide an interesting read to anyone who wants to know what makes a particular running community tick ... if you liked Running With the Kenyans then you will definitely enjoy this. (Athletics Weekly)
Engaging ... The Way of the Runner drops us deep behind lines in the land of the rising sun. (Newsweek)
A fascinating journey through a running culture so dissimilar to that which western society is familiar with it can at times seem a different sport ... a great read, giving a rare insight into a sporting world rich in heritage, but also one that is in flux. (Ira Rainey, author of Fat Man to Green Man)
Utterly fascinating. I could spend much, much longer telling you about all of my favourite bits from this book, but I won't. Because I really want you to buy it. In fact I want you to buy two and give one away. I believe that there is not enough good storytelling about running (there could probably never be enough for me!) so I want people like Adharanand Finn to keep doing what they do. (Simon Freeman, http://simonfreeman.co.uk/2015/03/book-review-the-way-of-the-runner-by-adharanand-finn/)
An excellent book and a true insight into an anomaly of world running. Finn's keen eye and lilting turn of phrase make for a fascinating and easy read. I sped through the book in the manner of one of Finn's elite ekiden runners, wanting to know more, and wanting to experience it all with him. (Sports Book Review, http://thesportsbookreview.com/2015/03/31/book-review-the-way-of-the-runner-a-journey-into-the-fabled-world-of-japanese-running-adharanand-finn/)
A fascinating and personal exploration of Japan's obsession with running by Adharanand Finn, award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans.See all Product description
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As a runner, most running books are interesting to me, but some stand out and this is one example.
Finn takes us into a running world largely unknown outside Japan. The world of The Ekiden. Amazing to learn that these races attract football-level viewing figures in their home country.
The author has a lovely knack of weaving his and others' personal stories into the narrative, while the book also acts as an appetiser for a travel guide.
I like, too, how Finn delves into the both psychology and culture of running, highlighting the differences in approach around the globe.
And, crucially, his writing invariably makes feel like going for a run!
I love reading about the elite levels of the sport through the eyes of a regular runner like myself.
A great story, with loads of interesting running lessons, can't recommed this enough. Can't wait to read about his next adventure.
"Running, too, can be a way to self-fulfilment. It has a purity, a power, a way of clearing the mind, of putting you in touch with your essence, that few other activities possess. Sometimes it may seem unlikely, as we creak and struggle along, our legs heavy and tired, but then come those moments when we break through and our bodies begin to feel light, strong, at one with the earth."
Whilst not a running with the Kenyans it gave a good insight into Japanese running which many westerners are totally unaware of.
I enjoyed the read and respect the sacrifice of Mr Finn's family as they follow him around the world.
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