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Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run Hardcover – 8 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451697120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451697124
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,477 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: 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.

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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.

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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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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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I was preparing to run a half marathon and this book was recommended to me as an inspirational read.

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.
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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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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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First running book I have read, as a novice runner, It's full of hints and tips that I shall take with me when I start running more than 30 minutes/train for charity runs. Easy to read and gives you a good chuckle, light hearted a very enjoyable read. Highly recommend.
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Highly Recommend -- a great read, fun, truthful and offers excellent honest advise for all those who feel inspired to get up and give jogging a go - from what clothing to wear, through to underwear and footwear. A 'must' read for everyone!
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This is an adventurous book that takes a look into reasons why we don't run, or for that matter, anything that takes effort and is potentially painful. The author takes us through her own hardships and emotional personal trials before addressing the intrinsic block that is committment. The challenge starts from the most fundamental and difficult, actually putting on your training gear, to the achievements and highs of going the course. This is not just a feminine issue. Accepted, family and work issues are important, but Alexandra Heminsley tells how and why, with no punches pulled, we can all benefit from the highs of running and the satisfaction of accomplishment that fulfill and embellish life in a personal and knock-on effect. My senior citizen wife (doesn't look it) has taken to it like a duck to water. Shameful for me, but getting there. Excellent motivational book. Honest and humorous.
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