New York Marathon 2005
A novelist may not be the typical prototype for an athlete, but for award-winning author Haruki Murakami, running and writing are two entities that intertwine. Murakami started running in his early thirties, as he transitioned from Jazz club owner to author, and the 64-year-old has made it a habit to finish a marathon every year. You’d be wise to take advice from him: For the 2005 race, Murakami logged slightly more than 550 miles during a three-month summer vacation in Kauai, and he doesn’t take more than two days off in a row. “Through repetition you input into your muscles the message that this is how much work they have to perform,” writes Murakami in a memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. To avoid burnout, he cuts back on mileage a month before the marathon. He also alerts runners of the energy-sapping suspension bridges and the sharp elevation of Central Park slopes that “mercilessly wrest away from you the last drop of energy you’ve been saving up.”
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