When I was a school student I did a lot of sport. My school believed in healthy youngsters and we got 5 hours of PE every week. Thankfully I had competent teachers and although the sports we were taught were not as exciting as climbing and orienteering – some of the sports my students learn – I enjoyed the PE lessons. I was also part of the school volleyball team; we trained and played once a week.
Things have changed and now I do virtually no sport. I try to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps every day but that’s all. I am convinced however that I should take better care of myself and start moving more.
I tend to think that running has a lot of advantages. It is rather cheap as all you need is a good pair of shoes. You can run practically everywhere. Besides you can more or less fit it into any type of schedule. Yet I find it very difficult to discipline myself and take up jogging.
When I read that Haruki Murakami had written a book about running I thought it might be a good idea to read it, if at least to get a few insights into how I could discipline myself towards more physical exercises. I thus plan to read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, a book about Murakami’s own experience as a runner.
I have read a few of Murakami’s novels – my favorite being The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – and I enjoyed the narrator’s tone so I am curious to see how this is translated in a book about running.