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Running Like a Girl
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
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
on 26 May 2013
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
on 15 October 2014
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
on 24 May 2013
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
on 28 August 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2015
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
on 19 April 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
This book wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be another "how to" type book, but instead Part I is the story of an ordinary girl's journey from out-of-breath-beginner to full marathoner. Along the way Alex lends her valuable experience to help newbies and seasoned runners alike. The story of her first trip to a running shop made me laugh out loud. Then in other parts I wanted to cry with her as she battled through injury and lack of motivation. I have taken a lot of this book into races with me and it has never failed to inspire me to finish.

Part II is very interesting and inspirational; including a chapter on the history of women's long-distance running starting from when women were banned from competing in the 60's and the stories of the amazing female runners who made it possible for women all over the world to enter any race they choose. Who knew it wasn't until 1984 that women couldn't compete in the Olympic Marathon??

I have the Kindle version and bought the paperback for my 14 year old daughter who is also loving it. I would recommend it to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2015
Started reading this as I began my own marathon training. I cried reading the foreword! It was as if I had written this book as my own thoughts and feelings were portrayed perfectly. So now I know it's not just me!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2013
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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