Running Like a Girl
- Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
- Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-04-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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 might...like to run like a girl.
Alexandra Heminsley is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and a dedicated runner.
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By Amazon Customer on 22-06-13
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By N. CLOONEY on 25-11-15
Listened to it twice, I enjoyed it so.
I listened to this first of all when I was just starting my running journey. And recently listened again as I have become more experienced. I loved it both times!
The first time was March 2015 and it really inspired me to get out there and start.
Most recently I have joined a running club and ran in various events including a half marathon and have listened again November 2015 and found it just as interesting, entertaining and inspiring! Lots of great tips, extremely well written and read.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Dee Reyes on 13-01-15
Best running book ever!
Love this book, I've listened to it so many times....the best running book ever!
I keep coming back to it because it is so real and vulnerable.
By Michelle on 14-11-13
Laughed, cried, gasped....Marathon story!
Would you listen to Running Like a Girl again? Why?
Yes and started already. I love books that are read by the author themselves and Alexandra Heminsley is so expressively humorous it is a delight to listen to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Like a Girl?
When she was crossing the finish line at the New York Marathon. I cried with joy for her!
and running past the blind war veteran. Oh and her nickname, Hemmo!
What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?
Her British accent and humour is gorgeous.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, yes, yes.
Any additional comments?
If you are interested in running in general this is an autobiography that will warm your heart and motivate your soul. Download it now