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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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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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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 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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If you're a runner, you'll love this

Really enjoyed this. The author's account of his experience running in Japan with the Japanese was really fascinating. Loved the whole story about his journey there and how the family adapted to life in Japan for 6 months. Never realised that Ekiden was essentially a Japanese term for a relay race.

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If you like running, you have to read this book!

A fascinating story and insight into the world off Japanese running. Like a long run, it had its ups and downs however overall, a unique and honest book that i thoroughly enjoyed

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Good read

A very good audiobook for runners, no tangential filler. Very happy to have listened to this.

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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.