What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

I had never thought about the link between introversion and running until I read this book. I’m INTJ, and I’ve been a runner since I was twelve years old, but that the former might explain the latter had not occurred to me. As Murakami explains:

I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I’ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.

It’s an excellent book, but less for its reflections of the runner and more for the reflections of an independent and resilient professional.