Marathon man Murakami

Spiegel Interview with Haruki Murakami: 'When I Run I Am in a Peaceful Place' (Spiegel Online, 20/2/08)

A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime. I don't know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five. When I am running I don't feel that kind of limit. I publish a thick novel every four years, but I run a 10-kilometer race, a half-marathon and a marathon every year. I have run 27 marathon races so far, the last was in January, and numbers 28, 29 and 30 will follow quite naturally.