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Run Fat Bitch Run (Grit Doctor) [Paperback]

Ruth Field
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2 Jan 2014 Grit Doctor


'You'll be up and running in no time at all' Grazia

Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet?

Then it's time you face the truth: the only option is to lace up your trainers and hit the ground running.

Funny and brutally honest, Ruth Field and her straight-talking alter-ego The Grit Doctor will give you - yes, you - the push you need to start pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time.

*Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy with a completely foolproof beginners' programme

*Enjoy carbs without guilt with The Grit Doctor's tasty and nutritious recipes

*Now includes marathon training plan to transform you from casual jogger to elite(ish) athlete

If you want to lose weight, get fit and become and ass-kicking, gets-things-done superwoman, there's only one thing left to do . . . RUN!

'Ruth is an inspiring running buddy' Daily Express

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751553980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751553987
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ruth Field is the author of RUN FAT B!TCH RUN and GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER. Her new book, CUT THE CRAP will be coming out in January 2015. She is a former criminal barrister and lives in North London with her husband and twin sons.

Ruth blogs regularly at and you can also find her on Twitter (@gritdoctor) and Facebook (

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If you're stuck in an exercise rut, this book will give you a rather rude kick up the backside . . . it certainly shamed us into lacing up our Nikes! (Closer)

Amusingly vicious . . . Excellent advice all round. (Emma Thompson)

Ruth is an inspiring running-buddy . . . By the time I unpack my summer wardrobe, I'm sure my inner Grit Doctor will be my best friend (Flic Everett Daily Express)

A witty, no-nonsense read, it had us dusting off our trainers within seconds. Trust us when we say you'll be up and running in no time at all. (Grazia)

Refreshingly free of new-age jargon and psychoanalysis. It's about determination and the pursuit of the 'happy effect.' (Herald Sun (Australia))

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A new and updated paperback edition of the sensational running book that got everyone talking.

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159 of 178 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just...don't like her 29 Mar 2012
The problem with this book is, it's split into two parts. Ruth Field combines some very interesting ideas with a really horrible, negative attitude. I agree with her premise, that some people need a boot to get started but she comes acros as really smug and rude with it.

So much of this book jarred with me. She encourages you to hate your body, to stand in front of the mirror (naked) and chant 'I'm a fat bitch'...why? Probably everyone who bought this book (for £10.99, mental) bought it because they are already unhappy with themselves - why make it worse? She then attempts to lighten the tone with 'oh, come on, it's just a laugh - I laugh at myself when I'm chanting this, it makes me megalolz, it's so funny ROFLcopter' but it's not funny, and it's not helpful.

She even admits herself that she was never fat, that she was slightly overweight due to a few lunches that she ate while training to be a barrister ( you may as well get this fact into your brain now, she talks about it enough), so really, she has never struggled with a long-term weight problem. And a lot of her methods are backed up by her family - I don't know about you, but I reckon my family would back me up if I wrote a book too. It probably wouldn't make for very accurate case studies but it would probs shift some books (£10.99 a copy, bonkers).

Oh, I am trying so hard not to be annoyed by this book because I really do think the tough love approach would work well. But if you are looking for someone to identify with you and to understand how tricky weight loss can be, then this book is not for you. Spend your £10.99 on something lovely, like flowers.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 19 Jun 2012
By Rosie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wish I had listened to the other reviewers of this book. Lots of writing with nothing to say. Drink Water, eat less crap and run as best you can while calling yourself a fat bitch.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't think it works for unfit fat older women 17 Jan 2012
I'm 60 and 3 stone overweight. My attention was caught by the extracts in the times but I'm disappointed with the book. To begin, with I'm struggling to read it at all because a lot of it is in a really odd spidery script!
Ruth is unrealistic. She admits she was really into sport at school and never fat, and her mother played squash and netball after her kids were born and was active into her 40s. How can she relate to somebody like me who was always last to be picked for school sports? Her husband could run 4 miles after just 6 weeks - the furthest I have ever run in my entire life without stopping is half a mile and that was after 4 months training for a charity race. She talks about finding attractive circuits with little or no concrete that are fairly flat and start and end at the front door. I live in the country and I can't do that. (Her mother apparently lives in the Virginia Water park?)
All of these points are excuses but probably my main problem is that I don't respond to the stick, I just hibernate. Like Ruth I have an inner Grit Doctor. She gets me up at 3am to take my mother to the bathroom but she'll never get me to run at 6am on an empty stomach in the dark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The basics are stop procrastinating. Stop wasting hours with lists and plans and get out and do. I missed my run reading the damn book which is a bit ironic.

It's funny. It's inspiring. It's empowering.

“Negative affirmations are not for the faint hearted or psychologically fragile. If you are the kind of person who falls apart when criticised, this is not for you.”

“Spectacular results are only achieved by spectacular effort.”

“Stop feeling depressed about being fat and start doing something about it. Go outside and start walking.”

“Nothing in this life of any value is gained without pain and sacrifice.”

I can only speak for myself. In the 2 weeks since reading this book I've lost 10lb, run a 5 miler as well as running 4 times a week, entered a half marathon in May and a full marathon in October.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Won't suit everyone 24 Mar 2012
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I was curious about this book, so bought it although I didn't like the title. It's quite witty, and I'm sure it'll work for some people. If you respond to abuse, if it fires you up, if you secretly have always wanted to go to a boot camp or join the army, then this could be for you. I'm nothing like that, and at points I got irritated by the assertion that the best way to spur yourself on is by being negative and abusive to yourself.

I feel qualified to comment, because last year, after abhorring running for as long as I can remember, I trained and ran a 5k. I now run regularly, though very slowly, and I'm no athlete! I managed to do it using the programme in 'Running Made Easy', where you build up very gradually from running a minute. The time demands are nowhere near as much as in this book, and I fitted it around work and children. Running Made Easy is a well-written book, and has got a much better tone. (And no, I'm not related to the authors, but it achieved the impossible and got me running.) I also like the John Bingham books, like No Need for Speed, which are funny and have lots of things that overweight forty-somethings like me can relate to.

I wrote this just to get people to think what motivates them. If you like being shouted at, this will suit you. If that sort of thing just turns you into a sulky teenager and makes you want to give up, then try the others I've recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing
Hugely disappointed in this book. It's so thin on actual advice and has an unpleasant patronising/matey tone. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Hilary Bufton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent service and my daughter-in-law finds book motivational
Published 24 days ago by 'R Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it or else (that's an order from the Grit Doctor!)
This book works! Buy it if you're in a rut + looking to start running, it helps normal people (especially ones like me with a few extra pounds post kids) get going with running... Read more
Published 2 months ago by I. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for tubby ladies who want to be svelte and fit.
Challenging and helpful guide for ladies who need to run so they can eat the occasional cake! Got me out running. Have only just started, but am already feeling some benefit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bookwormkt
4.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Go back to this book every time I get out of running and it starts me off again! It's like she is in my head! Thanks Claire Thompson for introducing me to it!
Published 3 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read for running haters.
This is the best book ever and I wish I got it for my 15th birthday. Absolutely hated running before, now I'm an addict. Delivery on time. Bought it for few of my friends already. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michaela PETRIKOVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I hated running...HATED it! But after reading this book I can honestly say I wanted to put my trainers on and go! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Harpagon
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh
Although I'm still reading it, it has made me laugh, it's a book I can identify with because i'm always insulting myself lol it's a new way for me at least of looking at running. Read more
Published 6 months ago by peaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It got my going, it didn't accept any excuses, exactly what I needed! I am now running regularly and have recently run a 10K. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rose22
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need motivation....
I'm the eternal couch potato, but this book pushed me out of the door before I finished Chapter One! A great book if you need that extra encouragement!
Published 7 months ago by da
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