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Running Like a Girl

Running Like a Girl [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Heminsley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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"If you've ever wept "Why do I want to run?", your answer is here." (Caitlin Moran, author of HOW TO BE A WOMAN)

"Her honesty is winning: her first run is a disaster; on another, she has to dash into a pub lavatory to avoid soiling her pants; she completes a marathon and then immediately slips back into slobbishness, running half-heartedly, without enjoyment, gradually losing her fitness and her mojo. Her sketches of her family members are witty. I loved her mum, dramatic and highly polished, shouting: "Darling, keep going, you laugh in the face of pain!" as her daughter struggles through the 11-mile mark on a marathon. What's truly excellent about this book, though, is its generosity. Heminsley wants to help other women to run and she has provided a practical section at the back, where she explains how to overcome injury, how to buy the right gear (particularly the correct bra), exactly what you will need if you build up to running marathons - surprisingly fascinating even if, like me, you have no plans to do so." (Miranda Sawyer Observer)

"The new memoir from Alexandra Heminsley is a meditation (slash romp) on running, life and love. Penned in her own inimitable style, the book is a funny tread through the raft of body insecurities and mental anguish we all go through when we put on our trainers." (Grazia)

"This book is an emotional whirlwind split into two perfect halves. First is the story of Heminsley's own running journey - from being certain that she wasn't a runner at all, to completing five marathons . . . The second half offers the most practical advice on 'how to run like a girl', invaluable, as once you finish the book, even the most unenthusiastic of sportswomen will be longing to pull on the Lycra and run for the hills." (Psychologies)

"Running Like a Girl is a no-bullshit book about running for women that is candid about the realities of hangovers, marathon corsetry, bad runs, and other neglected matters. It's great." (Guardian Online)

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Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this book will make you want to put on your trainers.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tackles every aspect of starting to run 15 May 2013
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I loved this book. Everything Alex talks about I can relate to - from the fear of setting out on your first run, to the clothing, especially underwear, decisions that come with the sport. I am no professional - I try to do 2-3 5k runs a week but I wanted to read something to inspire me to increase this and do a half marathon. I was always of the mindset that I wasn't a natural runner but reading this book I realise there really is no such thing unless you want to be elite. Most average Joes with two legs and a healthy pair of lungs can run a marathon with a bit of commitment. As Alex says, there is no big secret to running and you just need to get out and do it. So why buy the book if it's that simple? Alex tackles the emotional and psychological side of running in an honest way which is inspiring. She has gone through the same 'what's the point' phase as I have and this book helped me realise that there IS a point to running and it's about so much more than just crossing the finish line or losing weight. It also made me laugh out loud as well as cry, which is why she got the full five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had read this sooner 28 Nov 2013
By Wendy
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I loved the story of Alex's journey into the world of running. A lot of which I can relate to. It's nice to get someone else's perspective on what they've been through and of course the brutally honest thoughts that go through your head when running a long race. I would say this is a great book for a newbie runner or someone thinking of running Those who have been running for a while may not necessarily need all the advice, but can probably relate to a lot of the stories or feelings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book 28 Aug 2013
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enjoyed humour in book and gave me encouragement to start running again
writer was very down to earth in her writing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 May 2013
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I read this in 2 days. Beautifully written and non patronising both attributes I like in a book. I'm already a runner and now I've decided to get better at it. Thank you "hemmo"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running like a girl 30 Nov 2013
Really great book for anyone just starting out running. Loads of really useful tips and I felt so motivated to go out running while I was reading it. Would recommend to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so real!! 14 Nov 2013
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Fantastic real life read, I loved it all.....her honesty, the ups and downs, everything...really didnt want to come to the end!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this book 24 May 2013
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As I have just taken up running and being a real novice I enjoyed the way she describes her experience. It made me giggle so many times. Had no idea about the history of running a marathon for women. Just all in all very readable, lots of practical tips and interesting
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and fun 24 May 2013
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I'm glad I gave this book a try as I am takin on the hobby of running. It's full of useful tips in a much more enjoyable way than browsing blogs and reading websites. Also it is very motivational. It was a good read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! Such a fun read
I really enjoyed the book. it was very informative yet fun. very inspirational too. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different.
Published 3 days ago by Nadia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My daughter really enjoyed this book and then passed it on to friends.
Published 7 days ago by teaperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you are a runner
As a 40+ year old runner (been running for a year) it's a greater to make you realise you are not crazy just enjoying running. Thx for writing this I REALLY enjoyed it
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. M. Pattinson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
As a beginner runner this book is inspirational, funny and informative. I loved every minute :) and would recommend to anyone.
Published 19 days ago by Rachel v hill
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any would be runner!
An inspirational book - whether you are a runner or not! I have been inspired to start running at the age of 50, and have found Alexandra's advice invaluable.
Published 24 days ago by Jools2908
5.0 out of 5 stars All true!
Loved the book - as a new runner it spoke to me!
Published 25 days ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this - made me feel immense relief that I'm ...
Really enjoyed this - made me feel immense relief that I'm not the only one puffing and sweating and thinking "this can't be good for you".
Published 29 days ago by jaybee
5.0 out of 5 stars So I know the book will be great! Perfect amazon delivery that fits...
I've only just started reading this one, and I can already identify with 2 or 3 paragraphs about starting out! So I know the book will be great! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennyflyer1
5.0 out of 5 stars Any runner with love this book
Any runner with love this book. You understand the the ups and downs of running and can ralate to her experiences.
Published 1 month ago by SAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great inspiration.
Published 1 month ago by Lotte Holm-Nielsen
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