When I first picked up Murakami’s memoir, I never thought I’d even finish the first chapter, let alone run a straight mile. So to say the book inspired me to start running would be a lie. I was mostly motivated by my tendency to get sick here in Shanghai and my sedentary desk job. I started out casually jogging, unable to run a mile without stopping. Now I can run a 8 minute mile for at least 3 miles without taking a break. I really am proud of myself!
Despite becoming physically stronger and arming myself with all the secrets you all shared with me, my immune system gave in. But out of sickness or boredom, I started reading Murakami’s memoir again. And I’m totally hooked.
I’m not letting the germs get the best of me. So I’m working on buffing up my immune system again, especially with my month-long vacation coming up. Did I mention I’m headed to Thailand and Malaysia? Photos of lush jungles and pristine beaches are coming up soon. Until then, here’s a photo from Wikipedia: