Quotes from “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional
As I run I tell myself to think of a river. And clouds. But essentially I’m not thinking of a thing. All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.
I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished.
Life is basically unfair. But even in a situation that’s unfair, I think it’s possible to seek out a kind of fairness.
We decided we’d go to bed soon after it got dark, and wake up with the sun. To our minds this was natural, the kind of life respectable people lived.
one day, out of the blue, I started to run— simply because I wanted to.

Junto con machete😍

I was shocked by how cold it was once I stopped
running.
Reaching the finish line, never walking, and enjoying the race.
No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a contemplative, even meditative act.
It’s strange, but when I have to speak in front of an audience, I find it more comfortable to use my far-from-perfect English than Japanese
In the Boston area every summer there are a few days so unpleasant you feel like cursing everything in sight. If you can get through those, though, it’s not bad the rest of the time
Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that
In most cases, though, as youth fades, that sort of freeform vigor loses its natural vitality and brilliance. After you pass a certain age, things you were able to do easily aren’t so easy anymore
Muscles are like work animals that are quick on the uptake. If you carefully increase the load, step by step, they learn to take it. As long as you explain your expectations to them by actually showing them examples of the amount of work they have to endure, your muscles will comply and gradually get stronger. It doesn’t happen overnight, of course. But as long as you take your time and do it in stages, they won’t complain—aside from the occasional long face—and they’ll very patiently and obediently grow stronger.
There are three reasons I failed. Not enough training. Not enough training. And not enough training. That’s it in a word.
ve never recommended running to others. I’ve tried my best never to say something like, Running is great. Everybody
should try it.
The most important thing we ever learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.
He stared at me and then, in a voice that
made it abundantly clear how stupid he thought the question was,
replied, “Of course. All the time!”
The age that Jesus Christ died.
People basically become runners because they’re meant to.
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