• The Way of the Runner

  • A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running
  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (340 ratings)

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By: Adharanand Finn
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on Earth and home to a unique running culture unlike anything Adharanand Finn, author of Running with the Kenyans, has even experienced.

It may come as a surprise to many people, but Japan is the most running-obsessed country on Earth. A 135-mile relay race, or ekiden, 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. The legendary "marathon monks" run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment. Yet so much of Japan's running culture remains a mystery to the outside world, on par with many of the unique aspects of contemporary Japan.

Adharanand Finn, the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans, spent six months immersed in this one-of-a-kind 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 a Japanese approach to training might help him run faster. What he learns - about competition, teamwork, form, chasing personal bests, and himself - will fascinate and surprise anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.

©2015 Adharanand Finn (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Learning the way of the Runner

Great follow up to his book Running with the Kenyans, fin does masterful job of making you feel as if you are in Japan running with the Japanese. Experiencing their culture and understanding why they are so great at running. Being a marathon runner and having been on winning relay team I understand ekiden the relay everybody in Japan looks forward too. I may never get to visit Japan but getting to hear through his words how it is was sure inspirational. If your a runner and competitor you'll love this book!

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I loved how he talks about the pain

From marathons to ultra’s...I love how he describes the pain...the desire to quit, yet the will to go on...I’ve read a few ultra books by some of the elite runners and honestly this is my favorite so far.

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Not as good as Running with the Kenyans

Not as good as Running with the Kenyans, but interesting nonetheless. Finn submerges himself into an other country's running culture, this time in Japan. He seeks to uncover the reason(s) why Japanese runners are so fast.

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Excellent

A top running book with incredible insights into a running world unknown in the West.

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Kind of Meh

I didn't enjoy this story nearly as much as A. Finn's other two books. Maybe because there was a lot more discussion of pace, time, and winning races than the actual adventure, which was kind of bland. Very good narration and pace but I wouldn't listen again.

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I’m not a runner…

…but I love Adharanand Finn! Great narration, too, from Derek Perkins—perfect narration for this author. You detect such a range of emotions and elements of the human condition from the book and from the tone in which it is read. I am a walker and I switched to the minimalist shoes after listening to “Running With the Kenyons” and almost immediately was able to walk further with no stress on my knees, ankles and hips—all of which had been causing pain prior to the shoe change. I also lost 30 pounds very quickly after extending my walk distance ability. I think that listening to a dedicated runner made me ask just a little more from myself! Great book. Inspiring.

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All of his books are good

Great story teller. Anyone interested in why we run should listen to all three of his books. Good stuff.

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Fantastic book, interesting subject

I really liked the content of this book. There was a bit too much about the trials of his travel, but everything about the running was fantastic. Great narration!

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what a great book!!

Good story and it is very entertaining. it was a very first audio book experience and I love It

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wow

felt like i was there with the writer following along on the journey to understand Japanese running