Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run Hardcover – 8 Oct 2013
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It certainly lived up to expectations.
I could relate to so many of the scenarios in the book and it really opened my eyes and inspired me to continue running, fantastic read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this read, as a newbie to running it gave me an insight into how things may end up. A really good read.Published 12 days ago by J. O'Brien
Loved this book. Just started running and I found it really inspiring but also very useful. Excellent readPublished 13 days ago by muckster
Loved this book, honest and funny, has inspired me to run a marathon (one day)Published 18 days ago by Miss S M Z Hidson
I Loved this book, it was defiantly a page turner. It was even full of hints and tips. A must for all runners or even potential runners!Published 22 days ago by Donna_b
This inspiring, motivating read has left me wanting more books from Alexandra. I've enjoyed every moment of part one. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Funny, inspiring, and the pages and pages of practical advice in the back have been so valuable for my running. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs Martha Prankard
I loved this so much. I cried through the whole chapter on Hemmo's first marathon and I had to ban myself from reading it at night because it just made me want to run.Published 2 months ago by Miss RCD Foster