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Ruth Field
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Book Description

2 Jan 2014


'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: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ruth Field is the author of RUN FAT B!TCH RUN and THE RUN FAT B!TCH RUN MARATHON PLAN. Her latest book, GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER will be coming out in May 2013. 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 2012-02-27)

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 2012-03-27)

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Antonia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The very good intention to address not just method but motivation is a laudable one. But the substance is thin and the book is too long. It's a very personal account apparently referencing the experience of family and friends yet makes grand claims for running. There's a suggestion that running be diagnosed for post-natal depression. I wonder if the limited experience here translates widely.

In summary the content is

Don't make excuses for yourself - use equipment you have and just get on with it
Start by walking a 5k ish route which starts an ends at your door on soft surface as much as possible
Build up to running it at least 3x per week no matter what the weather
Drink lots of water
Eat more healthily
Don't expect to enjoy it and the first 10 minutes of running is always painful
Lack of choice and simplicity is conducive to a repetitive routine
Once the routine is established build on it by setting some more ambitious goals

This book optimistically suggests there's a singular answer to getting a person from doing nothing to regular exercise. It's a very welcome focus on the question of motivation but suspect the answer is an individual one. Always useful to hear what has worked for someone but hopefully the author would not herself make greater claims than that this is a personal perspective shared.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm.... 14 Jan 2014
Not too keen with the 'I'm a fat/lazy bitch' chanting, whether it's jokey or not. Not conducive to good mental health, unfortunately. If you are in the slightest bit prone to depression, steer well clear.
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155 of 172 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how to hate yourself 1 April 2012
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I'll admit right away that I didn't finish the book, I just couldn't. The title of this book really piqued my interest, I though,'a bit of tough love and a good dose of humour is just what i need'. However within the first couple of pages I hated Ruth Field. As someone who is overweight and struggling with self confidence, being told to hate myself is not what i needed! Unfortunately that's exactly what the author does. The whole premise of the book is about tapping into the cruel, negative self-hating part of your brains and bullying yourself into exercising. What's more is that right away she tells the reader that they will probably never enjoy running and that it's something that you will have to force yourself to do for the rest of your life. I don't know about anyone else but I think life is just to short to spend hours doing something I detest. There are so many other activities you could do to lose weight. The final thing that bothered me is that Field informs us that she has never been more than a few pounds overweight so I wasn't inspired by her in the slightest. If you are intent on learning to run I would recommend Matt Roberts latest book, I read his previous 'I will make you fit fast' and I'll be happy to give it another go after this mess.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 19 Jun 2012
By Rosie
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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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73 of 85 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago by da
5.0 out of 5 stars Run Fat Bitch Run
It inspires me and puts me back on track every time I go back to it for a quick fix. Made me chuckle too.
Published 5 months ago by Helen Turland
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough motivational words
Enjoyed this and found it motivational even though quite hard hitting. Initially thought, 'I can't do this' but read on and go with it because actually, if I can, anyone can.
Published 6 months ago by loveagoodbook13
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