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Ruth Field
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5 Jan 2012

Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? Unwatched workout DVDs gathering dust on your shelves? 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 faced the truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground running.

Straight-talking, funny and brutally honest, RUN FAT BITCH RUN will give you - yes, you - the push you need to get out of the door, pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time.

Hate running? No worries. RUN FAT BITCH RUN will give you all the tools you need to transform that passion into real motivation.

Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy

Follow a fuss-free and completely foolproof beginners' programme

Throw away the scales, stock up on pasta and enjoy carbs without guilt

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

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184744542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445421
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,963 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 20120227)

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 20120327)

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 tough-love exercise programme for the terminally unmotivated. When all else has failed, RUN!

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133 of 149 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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45 of 51 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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69 of 81 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sugar Coating 5 Jan 2012
Tells the truth about running (it's hard), forces you to confront the lies you tell yourself, and motivates far better than the 'be nice to yourself, you deserve it' wet self-help books. A really good introduction to running for beginners too.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Grit Doctor I will Run! 6 Jan 2012
I absolutely LOVE this book! And what a fresh approach to a 'new year new you' title.
The no nonsense guidance is so refreshing - you don't have to go on some stupid diet or join a gym, which both cost you the earth! Just spend the 10.99 it costs to buy the book and you will be amazing at how much enthusiasm you have.
If you're offended by the title then you obviously take yourself far too seriously...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars run fat bitch run 3 July 2012
By lolita
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The only witty thing in this book is the title, I find it really boring, even for beginner runners! not book material! could have easily condensed it to an article size! I don't agree with the food regiment carb carb carb!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's worked for me 18 April 2012
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Different things work for different folks...for some reason this worked for me and I am now running regularly, much fitter and losing weight to boot. I wasn't totally unfit before and could (and did) walk/cycle/swim quite a lot, but I was rarely if ever pushing myself to get out of breath. With running its different- you can't actually run and not get out of breath and therefore get fitter etc. Also, its fresh air, free and verging on fun!

I'd tried running before,as I know how easy it would be to fit in with my lifestyle- you really can do it almost anywhere any time, with very little cost. But I hated running as it always left me feeling even heavier and more unfit than I ever imagined I was. Everybody who I saw running are the really fit, super effective and efficient types and that's just not me.

After a quick read of this book I realised I'd been doing it wrong in various ways, and pretty soon had changed my regular dog walk into a shuffle/jog and now a run. Over about 3 months I now run several times a week (takes the same time to walk the dog, he just gets a longer walk and I get fit!). The dog loves it, husband is still astonished, especailly when I get up to do it first thing before the kids are up, and I feel great and actually have started to miss it if I can't do it every other day. If you knew me you'd be astonished too, but when I've run 3 miles before breakfast, there's not much that I feel I can't tackle in the rest of the day. When I started I always made a point of running in the dark (easy cos it was winter)- good cover to hide the wobbles, but now I've 'come out' and don't care who sees me!

So generally I have a lot to thank this book for...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days 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 4 days 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 27 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by loveagoodbook13
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - This Book Could Seriously Save Your Life
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read!!
Great starters book for those like myself who'd never run before....shows you it can be done and it certainly showed me my inner bitch
Published 1 month ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Get past the title
It took me a while- I read the title, I read the reviews that focussed on the title- yet I still felt compelled to read the book, it took a year for me to buy it, but actually I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah H
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book......Ruth is a legend!
Already have this in paperback, needed it on my Nexus too! Really inspired me to start running, I was soon doing 10k 3-4x per week!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Natalie Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read , enjoyed.
Good read for those thinking about starting some running.
Recommend this
Easy reading, funny and a good read.

For all those who are nearly a sports person!
Published 2 months ago by debbie herczeg
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