the way of the runner a journey into the fabled world of japanese running

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The Way Of The Runner

Author : Adharanand Finn
ISBN : 1681771217
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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, team work, form, chasing personal bests, and about himself--will fascinate and surprise anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.

The Way Of The Runner

Author : Adharanand Finn
ISBN : 9780571303182
Genre : Travel
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Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, where: a long-distance relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event; companies sponsor their own running teams, paying the athletes like employees; and marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment. Adharanand Finn - award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans - moved to Japan to discover more about this unique running culture and what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. As an amateur runner about to turn forty, he also hoped find out whether the Japanese approach to training might help him keep improving. What he learned - about competition, about team work, about beating your personal bests, about form and about himself - will fascinate anyone who is keen to explore why we run, and how we might do it better.

The Way Of The Runner

Author : Adharanand Finn
ISBN : 0571303161
Genre : Long-distance relay races
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We know what Haruki Murakami talks about when he talks about running -- but did you know that Japan has the most developed and lucrative running league in the world? Or that one of the biggest events in Japan's sporting calendar is an intensely fought marathon relay race called an 'ekiden', which gets Superbowl-like viewing figures on TV? From the marathon monks who run a thousand marathons in a thousand days in search of spiritual enlightenment, to the car and electronics companies who see their ekiden teams as a badge of corporate honour, Finn takes us on a tour of this complex, contradictory and unique running culture - and discovers what it can do for his own running style and performance.

Running With The Kenyans

Author : Adharanand Finn
ISBN : 0571274064
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Sunday Times Sports Book of the YearShortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year AwardWinner - Best New Writer category at the British Sports Book AwardsAfter years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest long-distance races, Runner's World contributor Adharanand Finn set out to discover what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his family, he moved to Iten, Kenya, the running capital of the world, and started investigating. Was it running barefoot to school, the food, the altitude, or something else? At the end of his journey he put his research to the test by running his first marathon, across the Kenyan plains.This edition includes a new chapter covering the 2012 Olympics.

Faster Road Racing

Author : Pfitzinger, Pete
ISBN : 9781450470452
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In Faster Road Racing: 5K to Half Marathon, renowned running authority Pete Pfitzinger and Running Times senior writer Philip Latter present training plans for the most popular race distances as well as advice on recovery, cross-training, nutrition, tapering, and masters running.

Running With The Mind Of Meditation

Author : Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
ISBN : 9780307888167
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A Tibetan lama and leader of a global meditation network explains how the sport of running can be turned into a spiritual practice. By the author of Ruling Your World. 30,000 first printing.

Running For The Hansons

Author : Sage Canaday
ISBN : 0983294119
Genre : Marathon running
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"Running For The Hansons," offers the reader a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional distance runner, to run in a major sponsor's shoes, and to live a lifestyle structured around training and racing. It is a first-hand, exclusive account that delves into the elations, the disappointments and the re-discoveries of what it takes to be an elite, American distance runner. The story provides a framework of The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, a post-collegiate marathon-focused training group based in Michigan that was made famous by the progression of 2008 US Olympian Brian Sell. Runners of all ages and abilities will quickly recognize that the thought processes of such athletes mentioned in the story can be applied to their own running. The mega-mileage, 140-mile weeks and puke-including workouts and races that are discussed in the book are relative extensions from the challenges that any high school team, college cross-country team or marathon-training group must learn to conquer together. As a collective whole, the sacrifice and commitment of each individual yields a camaraderie, synergy and motivation for the entire group to break through pre-conceived barriers (which are the very efforts demanded to achieve new personal bests!) This is a story about dreaming big, following your heart and taking risks. It is a story of triumphs, disappointments, and how one may find meaning and purpose in life through a "simple" passion for running. Included in the contents are informative sections about training, racing, and what it takes to become one of the best marathon runners in the country.The enclosed DVD features separate video clips on completing running specific drills, selecting proper training shoes, content relating to chapters within the book, as well as extra bonus footage of the Hansons-Brooks team.

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