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Alexandra Heminsley
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Book Description

16 Jan 2014

Alexandra Heminsley had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run.

Her first attempt did not end well.

Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents.

But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs. So, while this is a book about running, it's not just about running.

You could say it's about ambition (yes, getting out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning counts), relationships (including talking to the intimidating staff in the trainer shop), as well as your body (your boobs don't have to wobble when you run). But it's also about realising that you can do more than you ever thought possible.

Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this is a book for anyone who after wine and crisps for supper a few too many times thinks they might . . . just might . . . like to run like a girl.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099558955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558958
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,245 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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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
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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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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 day 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 9 days ago by SAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great inspiration.
Published 19 days ago by Lotte Holm-Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book - well worth a read
Published 22 days ago by Amanda Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed reading this book. Quite an education as well about the history of female long distance running.
Published 26 days ago by JLF
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
Even though I don't have boobs or periods there was a lot I could relate to and lots to enjoy. Useful and entertaining!
Published 1 month ago by Pip Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and true to life
Alexandra Heminsley, has managed to write a book about running....for non / aspiring runners. I was a complete non-runner, and had no interest in it until I got signed up to do a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SJ KAY
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome read!
For anyone looking for some inspiration and tips on where to start. A light-hearted nudge to help find the fitter leaner you.
Published 1 month ago by pebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
Whether you are a beginner, seasoned runner, looking for your mojo or thinking about starting running, this book will inspire and motivate you, have you laughing, crying and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NS
5.0 out of 5 stars lived it!!!
Great book. I started reading for inspiration as have been thinking about running for a while and inspire me it did. Read more
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