This work struck a chord with me. While Murakami primarily wrote about his experiences running and training for various events, it really served as a vehicle for expressing his thought process and life lessons he had learned through the process. Self-deprecating as ever, I found it refreshingly honest and down to earth. I also found that I really related to certain aspects of his personality though I've never trained or ran as a hobby. Not everyone will enjoy this book. If you are looking for training advice, this isn't exactly the goto book but you can still enjoy the personal insights of a person who enjoys running and the perspective it gives.