Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races


Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Thanks to Bob and Jon for recommending it, it's a great book confirming many of the things I had in my mind about running, especially with regard to nutrition, shoes and posture. Give it a read!


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Thanks to Jon for always suggesting great books! I just read: My LIfe on the Run, by Bart Yasso, covers many of his adventures and weirdest races all over the planet.

Available on Amazon:

No worries...I have a few more to tell you about as well.

Yes...I know Yasso's was of course I who loaned it to you.  :-)

Bikila is to be found here:

Pretty good book. Nothing much about his training but quite a bit about his life after his second Olympic Gold.


And Run to overcome here: Run to overcome/Amazon

This is a really good book. Amazing what this guy had to overcome in his early life and also his many injuries. Lots of great race descriptions.

Keep us posted, we have a few of you dictionary-types on this site, if you and Owain get going, there will be no way to stop you!
Just got my hands on a copy of What I Talk About When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami. It's not a running book per se I think, but more a book about a life and running. Anyways, I'm interested to see if anyone else has read it and what they thought.

The question  should be "Has anyone here NOT read it?"  :-)

Interesting book...I had no idea he was so committed.

Certainly a must read.

Yes, really interesting, not as captivating as his novel - I love them - but really shows a committed sportsman!
I read Norwegian Wood years back. Wonderful novel, couldn't put it down and managed to read it within 1 week which was a record for me.

'Going Long' ..The Best stories from Runner's World.

 Published 2010

This is another excellent book with articles from the like of Kenny Moore and Amby Burfoot.

Good writing about a number of runners from the great Joanie Benoit to a non runner reporter who just wanted to run with the elite.

Yes, apart from being a runner, Haruki Murakami is a great novelist. Just reading "The Wind-up Bird Chronicles", great read between runs!

If you like running fiction  'Hitting the Wall' by David Foster 1989 is a good read. Two Novellas.

One story is about the obsession of running and training even when it effects your health. Seemed pretty normal to me.

Another good running book worth a read is  'Staying the course:A runner's toughest race' by Dick Beardsley 2002.

Story of top American Marathon runner Dick Beardsley's running career and subsequent  farming and road accidents and how he became addicted to pain killers and how he eventually started forging prescriptions. His battles to over come his dependency on pills.

Beardlsey was famous for his 1982 Boston Marathon battle with Salazar (Duel in the sun).

A very interesting read.


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