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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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Excellent

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

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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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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

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Interesting take on running culture in Japan

Adharanand Finn, the author, this time takes you to Japan, where he discover the japanese running obsession. The story plot is interesting, especially for those who is currently training for the race or just running for pleasure.

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Dó roughly means the way in Japanese

I am an avid runner and found this to be a very entertaining take on running in a foreign land.

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Good book about team work and determination

this is the second book I've read by Finn. looking forward to his next one.