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The Lazy Runner [Kindle Edition]

Laura Fountain
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Lazy Runner follows Laura Fountain from starting out as a novice runner – unfit, clueless about running, and incredibly lazy – to finishing her first marathon, and beyond. At first unable to run 400 metres without stopping, Laura has now completed five marathons, the most recent in under four hours. Along the way, Laura learns countless lessons about running, most of them the hard way. But most importantly this self-confessed couch potato learns to love running. As well as offering inspiration and motivation to get out there and run, her book offers tips on how to make running easier and more enjoyable. Offering practical information on buying the right kit, choosing the best race and what to do on race day, it also tackles the important running questions you might be embarrassed to ask – like when will it get easier? And what happens if I need the toilet?

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About the Author

Laura Fountain is a journalist and editor working in women's health. She is a regular contributor to Running Free magazine and her work has appeared in the Guardian. Laura's popular Lazy Girl Running blog was shortlisted for Cosmopolitan's annual blog awards, an ongoing account of her marathon exploits and events in the world of running.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQ9409C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laura Fountain is a journalist, blogger, author and editor living and running in London. She's run eight marathons and several triathlons but just six years ago she couldn't run 400 meters. Her first book 'The Lazy Runner' was published in 2012.

Laura is a UK Athletics qualified run leader and helps beginner runners learn how to run and, more importantly, how to enjoy it.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 7 Jan. 2013
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I've been following Laura on Twitter for a while and have read and enjoyed her blog so was excited to find out that she'd written a book. I downloaded it to read while on holiday and finished it in two sittings! It's a very easy to read account of Laura's journey from running novice to sub 4hr marathoner. Having completed my first marathon this year in just under 6 and a half hours that's a time that I could only ever dream of, but shows what is achievable in a relatively short space of time.

Laura has an engaging and enjoyable writing style. As a fellow runner I could identify with many of the situations that Laura described. This would make an excellent read for anyone just taking up running, especially if you're thinking that you could 'never run a marathon' - chances are you could and Laura's book provides advice and inspiration. For other more seasoned runners this is still a great read.

I hope there's a part two once Laura gets her 'good for age' qualification time for the London Marathon. I'd love to read more of her running adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect motivation for newbies 18 Jan. 2013
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This was the absolute perfect book for me right now. I've not been running very long and have no intention of running a marathon, however, I have two races planned this year--a 10k and 5k.

This book felt like it was written FOR me!her experiences, her excuses were mine. I related to her past attempts, related to her school pe jokes, and that was why I devoured it.

It is now full of highlighted sentences and segments. Parts that will motivate me.

It is fantastic for a newbie runner. I can't praise it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bostonianbeer 5 Jan. 2013
By cobweb
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I had this book given to me for Christmas, as I have done some Marathon walking over the years, and thought I may like to up the pace and run a little before I achieve my 60th birthday.
The book is wonderful and full of hints asto how to become a runner, if not how to run other than "putting one foot in front of the other", well that's what it said in the book.
The book also asks you, "Why" you cannot run, and then ask and give reasons,"Why" you should, very good psychology.
The stories behind the runs and other little anecdotes in the book keeps you engrossed throughout the book. I read it on my Kindle in two days.
Thankyou very much Laura for the read, and I hope you write a followup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nicely written memoir 21 Mar. 2013
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This is a well written memoir but not a manual so no training plans. Good book if you like learning more about how this running malarkey works for other people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book a beginner can relate to 8 Jan. 2013
By James
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Didn't go ino this expecting much more than a light hearted biography.

In that regard, I wasn't dissappointed. However Laura's book also offers a good insight in to the journey from couch to marathon running, with helpful tips and suggestions (in the form of "what I wish I had known" paragraphs).

As a beginner I found this book motivating, and read it cover to cover in one go.

Congratulations Laura. Hoping to emulate your sub-4-hour marathon time in 2014.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 24 Jun. 2014
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Humorous writing makes this book easy to read. Any stage of runner can relate to the content. Nice to know you are not alone with similar thoughts about running. Putting my trainers on right now.
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By Hannah
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Laura's story is that is familiar to lots of us who have tried to start a new activity. The book contains snippets of good advice but largely it's the story that makes this book appeal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a quick read if you're new to running. 27 Jun. 2014
By Loulou
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I don't like leaving negative reviews but I was a bit disappointed with this book. On the plus side it is short, so it didn't take more than an hour or two to read it.
I didn't really know what the purpose of the book was. It was stated that it wasn't a guide to running, fine, but it also wasn't really interesting enough to be a biography. It was quite repetitive and jumped around a bit. The title "Lazy Runner" is a somewhat misleading, as what she showed is that if you want to do well at running, you need to train a lot, and that's exactly what she did.
As for it being an "inspirational" read? Yeah I guess so. You can do a marathon if you put the effort in. It's not even like she took up running at an unusual age. 26 is hardly past anyone's prime.
If you're new to running it's a quick read that might give you the incentive to aim for a marathon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it
Good to read. You get the info on her blog but this is far more easy to read than 60 odd blog pages! Read more
Published 1 month ago by N M Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It has some good tips for new beginners!
Published 1 month ago by Morgan Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous - insightful, honest and witty
I have been reading the Lazy Girl Running blog online - and this book was everything I hoped it would be. I really love reading this woman's work - what a great lady!
Published 3 months ago by LizzieD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Can't wait to do my first London marathon next year!
Published 3 months ago by Alix is going to be thin!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and an inspiration
Great read and an inspiration. Just taken up running and am a long way off running marathons. But Laura opens the arena to the everyday guy who wants to get out there and run. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul J White
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed it. funny & useful
Thoroughly enjoyed it funny & useful got me up to run early in the morning and enter my first marathon
Published 7 months ago by Mrs S Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, true to life and honest!
A good read if you are into running and want to improve, especially marathon times, if life gets in the way of your targets, it is a good reminder that you are not the only one and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kate Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks running could be fun but can never get motivated to do it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Naomi Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Laura isn't lazy
Well written and Frank account of marathon training by Laura. Worth a read if you're preparing to race any distance. She sounds like a great friend too. Denise
Published 11 months ago by D. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
If you are interested in becoming a runner or need some motivation this book is a good read and nice to hear her journey and struggles, she is very inspirational. Read more
Published 11 months ago by katie Homer
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