Running Like A Girl

Running Like A Girl

Notes on Learning to Run

Book - 2013
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In her twenties, Alexandra Heminsley spent more time drinking white wine than she did in pursuit of athletic excellence. When she decided to take up running in her thirties, she had high hopes for a blissful runner's high and immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she hit the streets--and failed miserably. The stories of her first runs turn the common notion that we are all "born to run" on its head--and exposes the truth about starting to run: it can be brutal. Running Like a Girl tells the story of getting beyond the brutal part, how Alexandra makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father--a marathon runner--and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451697155
Characteristics: viii, 210 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 19, 2016

Honestly this was such a great book. It is not so much for people looking for a step by step guide on how to start running but for people interested in one woman's journey to running a marathon and the various struggles of running that she faces. Plus the second half is filled with helpful tips for running (but again not a step by step guide of how to be "a runner")

Aug 30, 2015

Not what I thought it would be. After a terrible first ever run, her second run she goes 5k! Then by page 19 she's training for a marathon.

Dec 09, 2014

warm, funny and encouraging - this book will inspire you to get off the couch and, if not run, at least take steps toward whatever your goal.

Oct 26, 2014

I enjoyed this book, but as a very novice runner, I was hoping for more inspiration, something I could relate to. I have just started a walk/run program and am only running a portion of the time, so having the author describe her first run so vaguely was unrelatable to me. Maybe if she had said how long she ran, if she walked, etc, instead of "after several stops and starts" it would have hit home with me.

That being said, there were some tips that as a new runner I appreciated learning about. And the author is an engaging writer and draws you in.

Sep 16, 2014

This book was absolutely amazing. Incredibly relatable if you're just starting out running. Heminsley had me laughing out loud throughout the whole book, and at times, I even had to hold back tears. This book has encouraged me to keep running, and has given me inspiration and strength to not give up even when it gets tough. It's rare these days to find a book that really makes you fall in love with reading for fun, but Heminsley did it for me and now I'm re reading it!


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