Running Like a Girl

  • by Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by Alexandra Heminsley
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ultimate running guide for women brought to life in audio by author Alexandra Heminsley.
Alexandra 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 to run like a girl.
Alexandra Heminsley is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and a dedicated runner.


What the Critics Say

"If you've ever wept 'Why do I want to run?', your answer is here." (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)


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Customer Reviews

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Loved it

Read this book 2 years ago. Downloaded the audio for my first marathon two weeks ago. Listened to it all the way round. Loved having Hemo with me!
It was even better on audio than on paper. A true & honest account of what it is like to start running & to become a runner. Loved it, love her & fab voice.

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- Donna

It's not just for girls or runners

Goodness knows why I chose this book, but I'm glad I did. I don't run. Have only vaguely thought about trying.I am a girl and (I suspect) am somewhat more 'curvy' than Alexandra. But that didn't matter, because this was a book to be involved in someone else's story, but who could provide incentive to give running a go.

Alexandra's reading is witty and charming. I so understand the issue about boobs bouncing too much. And I loved her description of her first run. Putting on trainers and walking out the door only to realise you don't know what to do then. She describes so well the feelings of embarrassment, the trepidation of taking that first step and the pain (and pleasures) that running can bring.

She also explains the the reasons for using all the kit that sports shops try to sell you. I knew that the footwear and bra would be important, but didn't think about socks or shirt. She also provides advice about running, especially long-distance/marathon running.

This book is a great read whether you are a runner, a wannabe runner or a stay-at-home non-runner. Her story is engaging and light-hearted, told with humour and honesty.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios