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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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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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loved it!!!!!

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

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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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Doesn’t have much to say in the end

The culture of running in Japan is incredibly strong, but they are stuck in an old fashioned approach of just pounding out the miles - it means they produce lots of very high level runners, but no great ones. They need to modernise their methods - that’s it :)

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I really enjoy this author

I love running and travelling. This book was very interesting for me and I listened it while running. i recommend it to runners or people interested in Japan. Third book of Finn that I listen. I can't get enough! Dear FinnSan, please move abroad to run again and write a third book.

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Brilliant from start to end.

Well written, read and packed with insight and information but with a human touch. I cannot recommend highly enough.

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Good performance but no real substance

The book was enjoyable, but it was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more tips and techniques on how to improve my running. This was more of a story of how the author went to Japan and networked and ran. However, the narrator was pleasant to listen to.

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Fascinating and inspiring

This is third of Adharanand Finn's book I've listened to and the first he hasn't narrated. Derek Perkins does a decent job but it's not quite the same.
I'm a reluctant runner at best, I listened to this while cycling, but there is something inspirational about Finn's books, partly his enthusiasm, part his desire to learn and improve. It give an insight in to the culture of Japan and how that culture drives their long distance running performance. It's a fascinating listen, I'd love a sequel to see if the traditions of training has continued or the new wave of coaches hinted at by the book have started to shake Japanese running in the last ten years.

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Awful

Worst audio book ever. Avoid. There is absolutely no structure to it. All over the place and narrator is dreadful. Complete waste of money.

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arigato gozaimasu

A fascinating book about long distance running and Japanese culture. I'd like a sequel based on the Tokyo Olympics but Covid has probably ended interest.

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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.