What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

By | 22 October, 2018 | 0 comments



“What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” is a book published by the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami in 2007. This book is unlike anything else he has written. There are no tormented characters or magical elements; nothing but the author’s own experiences running a marathon or doing a triathlon.

There are pages and pages about his thoughts while he runs and his thirst for betterment. A lot of today’s runners may well be able to relate one way or another.

And the truth is that running has a lot to do with physical exercise and training, but it has just as much to do with exercising the mind and heart. It was exactly that which inspired one of the first charity runs to take place in Madrid this autumn: a race for Menudos Corazones (Big Little Hearts) on 23 September.

This non-profit organisation supports families of children with congenital heart conditions and has been organising a multitudinous race for this charitable cause for several years now.

A red tidal wave of roughly 4,000 people gathered at the Juan Carlos I park to run for the hearts of boys and girls who cannot run for themselves. There were racers of all ages: young and old, and entire families.

Meanwhile, on that same weekend, the neighbouring town of Majadahonda was hosting the Equinoccio – Puerta de Hierro Hospital charity race, raising funds to support the Puerta de Hierro Foundation’s research into coronary diseases.

Few things are more uniting than a good cause, and running for one makes us feel more human, more aware of what goes on around us, closer and somehow more involved in society by each doing our bit.

The next race already written in the calendar for 7 October is the #InclusionChallenge, the 8th Race for Down Madrid.

(Picture taken from the Menudos Corazones website)

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