Just finished Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Murakami is a Japanese novelist and distance runner who weaves the two interests together in this plainspoken book on how these two activities feed each other, compliment each other, and seem to appeal to a certain personality type. Feeling much in common with that personality type, I enjoyed the book immensely (listened to most of it on MP3 while doing a three-hour, 22-mile long run yesterday). I found it to be empathetic in terms of my running, and motivational for my writing. Interestingly, I've noticed that as my weekly running mileage has increased over the past year or so, so has my drive to write fiction and poetry returned with something of the insistence it had when I was in college and just out of college. There is certainly something that relates the two in my mind, and while it may not be exactly the same thread that binds them for Murakami, it's likely from a similar spool.