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Run Fat Bitch Run

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  692 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Have you failed at every new fitness fad? Does it take a winch to haul you off the sofa and away from the TV? Have you exhausted all other exercise options and yourself in the process? Then it's time you faced up to the unavoidable truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground...running. Straight talking, funny and brutally honest, RUN, FAT BITCH, RUN will give y ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Little, Brown (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok. So this is what I felt.

My problem, personally, is the shock when I realise the person in the mirror doesn't reflect how I look in my head. So self-help weight loss books aimed at making me feel better about myself as a person, or about addressing emotional eating aren't really suited to me. What I need, ultimately, is a kick up the backside.

A lot of self-help and weight loss books in general tend to repeat the same things. Think positive. Imagine yourself as thin. Imagine your improved lif
Catherine Howard
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
RUN FAT BITCH RUN is not enough material to make a whole book stretched out and set in a selection of different fonts and layouts to make a whole book. A good starter for someone who wants to begin running, but as someone who has struggled with her weight for about a decade now, I found some of the things in it infuriating. Field has obviously never been seriously overweight—and she admits that, right off the bat—but she also doesn't seem to acknowledge that while, yes, some people are overweigh ...more
Sharon James
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is all about degrading, hating and putting yourself down so you will feel motivated to do something.

I might have found it helpful years ago when I had no self esteem but nowadays I like myself too much to call myself names.

There are much kinder ways to motivate yourself - try them before resorting to self loathing!
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've got mixed feelings on this book. I like her idea about just getting off your backside and doing it, but in the same respect, her actual methods are very different from the methods my personal trainer taught me.

Her logic of walk, then run a little till you can't run any more is nice. However, I was taught to run for two minutes, walk for a minute, run for two minutes, etc etc.

Then there's the total lack of editing. Certain sections are just repeated over and over. The book could have been ha
Megan Taylor
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book not only funny but motivational, inspirational and I loved it. Three months ago I couldn't even walk up the stairs of my house (town house) without being out of breath. Today I achieved 6.28miles in 1hr 19mins. If I can do it anyone can - no excuses! Can wait for Ruth's new book. Perhaps one day I will meet her so I can say THANK YOU :)
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am a runner and I have lost a significant amount of weight through running, so this book should have been very much like preaching to the converted. However, from the very start it became apparent that “Run Fat Bitch Run” is all show but no substance. Just like the title already suggest, the language is used to get your heckles up, which in return is supposed to motivate you: Negative affirmations? Thinspiration? Running in the dark? Ignoring pain? Don’t bother with stretching – you probably d ...more
Michelle ( Tea&Titles)
I didn't read a considerable portion of this book because it was about working your way to marathon running and I am not anywhere near that stage yet. I did however find this book somewhat motivational and I am keen to give running a try.
Gemma Quilliam
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe more like a 2.5
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up more out of interest than because I actually needed it, which is fortunate because if I had actually used it as a guide to starting to run, I would probably have had agonising shin splints (at best) within 2 weeks.

As a motivational tool, I can see this book working for some people (in fact, it clearly does or she wouldn't have written several more in the same vein). However, calling myself a 'fat bitch' (even tongue in cheek) isn't really my thing. In a world where it's ea
Ellie M
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
The short review is : I didn't like this book.

I'm a beginner runner, I've not run since school, I wasn't keen or great at most PE in school, but I want to be healthier and I was ok-ish at running so it seems a way forward. So I went to the library looking for possible reads, which might motivated me. Ok so the title grabbed me when I saw it in the library and the general premise seemed ok and worth a read but in reality I didn't find anything particularly motivational or inspiring.

I didn't rea
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I've got a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It's funny and easy to read, and the basic message of "be honest, be realistic, keep it simple, suck it up, just do it, it may not always be fun but it WILL be worth it" is absolutely spot-on. The method, however, is something I'm very worried about. Negative affirmations (here, basically telling yourself repeatedly that you're a fat ugly bitch who doesn't deserve cake) are a huge no-no in my books, I'm definitely one of those people who believe ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Ok I didn't like some of the self talk, after reading many motivational books about how we should be positive with our self talk and love ourselves I was really unsure with how I felt when encouraged to stand in front of a mirror and call myself a fat bitch. Hard truths are throughout the book, and by the end I get why we have to be hard on ourselves if we need to be. After all saying that everything is ok when it is clearly not isn't going to get us anywhere, so saying that you are fit and heal ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was really iffy about this book - still am, a bit. I get that there are people who get motivated by being hard on themselves and calling themselves names but it definitely doesn't work for me - I guess I'm too "fragile" mentally, as Field put it in her book. So while I won't be calling myself a fat bitch, I definitely enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to running and life. I might not be running yet but Field's words "learn to enjoy the hard work" definitely helped me with getting on with my wor ...more
Amanda Rogers
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I had already started to run when this book came out but I found it very motivating. She talks sense anyone can learn how to run. The book is written a bit in your face but you have to take it for what it is - a book to get you out there running. I think it could be time for a re-read however as my Grit Doctor has gone very quiet lately!
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Love the lamguage and style of this book, however, the training regime for beginners may be a little too ambitious if you're very overweight and/or if you have never run before.
Alison Beswick
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well it sure got me off the couch, seriously ... love it!
Leanne Haste
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very inspirational read. Right,now where are my trainers!!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well, I happened upon this in the library fitness section and the shocking title grabbed my attention. I really didn’t identify with the negative affirmations in this book. Insane stuff like telling people to look in the mirror naked and hurl insults at themselves - no thanks. The food advice was very basic and also confusing. Also,the author isn’t even a trainer, nutritionist or expert on running other than being a runner herself and she’s never been more than a few pounds overweight. There is ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
She's got a point in that running is very good exercise but so's walking .......(see this weeks edition of New Scientist). I like that she didn't mince her words as I'm sick of all the euphemisms e.g. chubby, big boned, curvy, plus size etc. I'm also sick of getting squashed by fat bitches/bastards on the bus/plane/train and at the cinema/theatre/restaurant.
I'm fat - what else can I realistically call those rolls around my belly, hips and thighs?
This book won't work for everyone but what book e
Barbara Lenehan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not great to be honest!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: running
There were some things I liked about this book, and some things I felt were problematic and unnecessary.

I suppose the title gives away the fact that this book is written by someone who has never been seriously overweight, and has never been seriously called a "fat bitch." Inside there is a chunk of the book that advises you to beat yourself up emotionally, call yourself ugly names and this is going to motivate you. If that works for you, fabulous, personally I bypassed all that because my quest
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
I loved Ruth's no nonsense attitude. The idea that no, of course you won't like every moment of your run, but you do it anyway. The, doing something is better than nothing. The, just get off the couch. It is a sassy, silly, bitch slap of a book. It made running seem like something you could do with attitude and swagger.

As for the controversial bits: some of the "techniques", like self-shaming-in-the-mirror and celebrity-picture-as-thinspiration, needed a lot more explanation to seem anything oth
Shelley Little
Despite all the negative comments and criticisms, this book delivers in one very important way - IT WILL HELP YOU RUN. Pure and simple. I've always wanted to run (I have dogs who need running, I have some marathon running friends) but I could never crack it. I read this, applied it to my life, used a little common sense and now I'm running almost half my 1hr circuit (it's been about a month since I started). I have NEVER been able to run much more than a block. It is an amazing feeling to have a ...more
Anthony Keutzer
Jan 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
In all honest I believe Ruth Fields book does not contain enough material to write an entire book out of. All the information that is provided is already common sense and can be easily found with a few quick internet searches. My suggestion is to save your time and have a quick browse through Google, you'll find the same advice right away.

Another aspect which I too found frustrating with this book is how it's all common knowledge, Ruth calls her inner bitch a doctor yet there are no strong evide
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this book inspirational and conflicting at the same time. On the surface I accept, and welcome the idea that it is as simple as 'just start running' in order to lose weight and get fit. I enjoyed the no nonsense approach to exercise and found this motivating. However I am not sure how safe it is to promote a book that does not support stretching off and cooling down after exercise, or that initially states you don't need to diet but yet gives a healthy eating section at the end. I think ...more
Karen Morley-Chesworth
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want the truth about running, the whole truth with no spin or fluff this is the book for you.
The advice and guidance is honest and inspiring, and pulls no punches. It doesn't promise it will be easy to go from couch potato to a fit and healthy peach of a body. However it gives anyone thinking of slipping on a pair of running shoes a helping hand with simple, steady steps to success.
Walking until you can run is a great piece of advice - as is just starting to move rather than simply readi
Madara Aldina
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
If there is a book, that can get ME running, it's a very good book. If I will keep doing it and this book still will be able to help me I will come back and give 5 stars :)

Great motivational read for people (main target audience is women) with good sense of humor, covers everything starting from getting you out of that couch, establishing routine, overcoming motivational problems, planning meals, running after having a baby and even getting ready for marathon. Also covers such details as what t
Dr Poesy
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It got me running!
Not for the very overweight or sensitive.
Assumes a level of fitness that doesn't consider walking 5 k s big deal. If you get out of puff walking to your front gate you'll hate this (unless you have a huge front garden). Which is a pity because some of us just need someone to tell us to stop making excuses and get up off the couch. Perhaps a prequel - Walk Fat Bitch Walk, might be good. The title btw is supposed to be the author's inner voice. She does point out that you are a
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book - clever, funny and motivating! The Gritdoctor character is brilliant and although brutal it is exactly what fatties and couch slouches need to hear.
the important thing is to keep your sense of humour reading though this.
also the other important thing to do is - put down the book and take Ruth's advice. Put on a pair of trainers and run!
This book has been a great inspiration to me - it lacks just one thing - something to stop me hitting the snooze button at 7am on Monday morning!
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