Review by Ben Peel
Unfortunately this was nowhere near as interesting as his previous book Running with the Kenyans which is mostly to do with the fact that the book seemed like a long magazine article extended into a book. The only reason he seems to find for the Japanese being good at running is the intense pressurised training they are subjected to in ekiden relays. However this very often leads to burnout and their racing careers are often over by their mid twenties.
There are some interesting mentions of Galen Rupp and Alberto Salazar especially given recent events. Whereas Running with the Kenyans had an interesting narrative that the reader could sprint through The Way of the Runner was more of an endurance marathon.