I loved this section partly because I really, really love Japan. I went there first in 2017 for the Lake Biwa and have returned a handful of times (usually en-route to other destinations) and so I was going through some serious nostalgia on this one.
But, anyway, Becky writes a lot about the insular culture of Japan. And it’s true; Japan is a very hard place to feel at home as a foreigner, both as a runner and as a human. Have you ever found yourself in a similarly hard to enter group (whether a country, job, or team)? Did you find any strategies for finding a way in?
Lastly, Becky wraps up the book with an exciting recap of her race at the California International Marathon (no spoilers!). I don’t want to write about her race, but the entire book revolves around this idea that we’re all the sum of our experiences. Becky was already a fantastic and experienced runner but her trip around the world made her question what she knew, look at things from different perspectives, and change her life in specific ways. You may not have spent a year traveling around the world, but what experiences have you had that have made you really reshape the way you think or behave? Have you had the experience where you already thought you were an expert only to learn that someone else does something totally differently? What have you been able to take away from these experiences?
I hope you’ve enjoyed another month with the Chaski Book Club! As usual, we really, really want your feedback! Please send any ideas you have about how we can make this more awesome, more accessible, etc.
And if you have books you want to read, please send those as well! We prep books 2 months in advance, but we definitely want your ideas.