What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Even when I ran my bar I followed the same pattern. A lot of customers came to the bar. If one out of ten enjoyed the place and said he’d come again, that was enough. It didn’t matter if nine out of ten didn’t like my bar. This realization lifted a weight off my shoulders. Still, I had to make sure that the one person who did like the place really liked it. In order to make sure he did, I had to make my philosophy and stance clear-cut, and patiently maintain that stance no matter what. This is what I learned through running a business” (39).

“I don’t think it’s merely willpower that makes you able to do something. The world isn’t that simple. To tell the truth, I don’t even think there is much correlation between my running every day and whether or not I have a strong will. I think I’ve been able to run for more than twenty years for one reason: it suits me.”

“I had the idea to be one, and that’s what I did.”

“People basically become runners because they’re meant to.”

“Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits, that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life–and for me, for writing as well.”

Read What I Talk About When I talk About Running by Haruki Murakami