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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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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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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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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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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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Enjoyable

Nicely read, and interesting content.

Though really a tad facile in the end.

Worth a listen though.

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  • 09-07-19

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.