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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099558955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558958
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ... 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)

"Candid, funny and inspiring, this is part personal journey, part “how to” guide for female runners." (Sam Murphy Runners World)

"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)

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Funny and honest, this is the story of how an ordinary, curvy woman ended up running five marathons.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Hannahr1902 on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By marathon runner to be on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren McMinn on 15 Oct. 2014
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This book was incredible. What I loved the most about it was that it didn't sugarcoat the pain and challenges of running as so many other running advice sources do. Heminsley perfectly describes the rollercoaster of emotions that goes hand in hand with running, and simultaneously makes you want to pull on your trainers and cry, because running is worthwhile, but difficult. I'd just finished my first 5k before reading this, and since reading it, I've chosen my first 10k race to run in May, and a half marathon to run in October,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helvetia on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy mum of 3 on 4 Feb. 2015
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I really enjoyed this book which was a gift. I certainly don't think it is intended to be a 'self help' book or educational as some reviewers have suggested. I read it as one women's personal experiences of starting to run and her journey through marathons. As a new runner, I could identify with many aspects and side effects of running let's say, so that was a relief that I was not abnormal. I certainly don't feel that Alex is in love with herself as she does not talk in such a manner, but actually very down to earth on how she felt. and very frank in places. I would love to see more like these. And if she has got an 'arse of an athlete' and waist of a 'supermodel' well good on her. If that is what running can do to your body, then bring it on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seafii on 6 Feb. 2015
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Not that informative, so don't buy if you want a guide to how to run.

But a fantastically motivational and inspiring account of how running can change your outlook on yourself, life and how it can change your relationships too :-)

It's a great book to read if you're a newbie like me who had lost some of the passion for running.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Boynton on 19 April 2014
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I love this book so much I have pored over its pages 3 times, and dipped in several times more.

I started running in January 2013. Since then I have lost 7.5 stones and am now training for my first half marathon.

As a beginning runner, 'Running Like A Girl' inspired me with it's light, humorous and personal approach to running. This woman thought like me! I was more concerned about what others would think of my initial attempts than gaining a PB - and so I found it very encouraging and it helped me have the courage to start. I followed Alexandra's advice slavishly and, to be honest, it stood me in good stead.

Over time, as I improved, I hoovered up running books, blogs and websites with aplomb. I became obsessed with times, fartleks and interval training and embarrassed at my still snail-like pace. I also lost my love for running. Rereading 'RLAG' has reminded me that I run because I want to experience these big challenges in my life. I was warmed by how emotional the pages are, and reminded that running does not have to be about technicalities and ever improving times. For me, running is about other people, testing myself, enjoying the way I feel and look when I run and generally enjoying myself. There's nothing wrong with this, and it was a nice reminder. A perfect tonic. Thanks, Hemmo!
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