I recently started running long distance again after taking a few years off. A running friend of mine recommended this as a way to inspire myself to keep it up. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir by Haruki Murakami which is composed of brief essays of how running has impacted his life. Murakami is a Japanese author whose work has been translated into English and is highly regarded as a writer. Reading this short memoir felt a lot like the act of running itself. It was relaxing and allowed me to reflect on how running has stayed with me through my life. Some of Murakami’s experiences running are universal to all runners, while others, like running the original marathon from Athens to Marathon, Greece made me cheer for him on his long journey. It is also interesting to hear about how he ties in the act of writing with running and how they relate to one another. The essay on completing an Ultra Marathon (for 10 hours straight!) was particularly fun to read and I have signed up to do my first half marathon in the fall because of this book. Runners, fans of Murakami, or anyone interested in what might possess someone to run at all will enjoy What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.