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Running Like a Girl

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,071 Ratings  ·  571 Reviews
In her twenties, Alexandra Heminsley spent more time at the bar than she did in pursuit of athletic excellence. When she decided to take up running in her thirties, she had grand hopes for a blissful runner’s high and immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she hit ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Hutchinson
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Catherine Howard
Apr 11, 2013 Catherine Howard rated it really liked it
When I picked up RUN, FAT BITCH, RUN, *this* was the book I was hoping was inside the covers. Instead there was a pamphlet's worth of useless information stretched out to book-length, sprinkled with encouragement to start self-hating and, at the end of all, I discovered that it was "written" by someone who was never overweight or unfit, but just PREGNANT. Yes, it's probably the only time I've wanted to track down the author of a book so I could punch them square in the face...

But anyway, *this*
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Wow wow wow what an inspirational read. I've been reading this on and off for the past month in between arcs and general life's commitments. I've been been running, jogging, walking for the past 8/10 weeks and lost now 2 1/2 stone through healthy eating but mostly because I have been combining that with running.

It's honestly changed my life, how I think of myself and makes me have some time to myself. This book though is inspirational to any runner, or anyone who hasn't run yet. Honest to goodn
Apr 23, 2013 J. rated it did not like it
Warning some 'SPOILERS'.

I didn't find 'Running like a girl' to be enjoyable in the slightest. There aren't many books on running specifically for female runners or potential runners so in my opinion access to this market means a serious responsibility. This book isn't about female runners or the history of female running. The parts about injuries or the science of running aren't backed up by any rigorous research or an appendix or footnotes. This is a memoir which is written in the style of a gu
Dec 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this to anyone who has run or had thought about running. It reminded me of why I enjoy running and how awesome the running community is. It's also hilarious.
Jennifer Doyle
Feb 25, 2014 Jennifer Doyle rated it it was ok
I absolutely expected to love this book. I mean, I am a girl and I love running! And I did enjoy portions of the book, particularly the parts when she described what it's like to run a marathon. She said so many things that were spot on regarding my love for running, my occasional ambivalence towards it, and even how much I dislike it at times. It's nice to know that others don't always love every second of training. Truly, I'm certain that I would very much like Alex in person and would love to ...more
Amazing, this book is nothing short of amazing.

I don't think runners can understand the mystique that the sport is shrouded in to the rest of us. What is this "runner's high" you speak of? Is that what you call the burning sensation in your lungs?

The infuriating advice runners give to non-runners is: just go out and run. Hemingsley, who learned to run through sheer dogged stubbornness and not because she could just "go out and run," put together all her hard-earned lessons here so that other w
May 21, 2016 Caggy rated it did not like it
My first mistake was buying a book with a Caitlin Moran quote on the cover.

My second mistake was continuing to read this book after finishing the dreadful prologue - a pathetic attempt to imbue something as unadventurous as a half marathon with gravitas and emotion.

I wanted to read this book for motivation with my running, as I'm about to embark on a 20-week half marathon training plan. I was hoping for some helpful tips or insight, or perhaps a sense of a shared experience which might somehow i
I was excited when I noticed this Advance Reader's Copy on Edelweiss--just the inspiration I need when I'm starting the Couch to 5K program (again). Last year, I never made it past Week 4, so I need all the inspiration I can get. I admire runners--especially when I visit big cities. All that lycra and bouncing ponytails and iPods in use. But I feel like a lumbering idiot when I attempt it and then I give up too easily when it hurts. So I thought I'd tackle this adult memoir.

Alexandra was always
Charlotte Crowley
Sep 21, 2013 Charlotte Crowley rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was light, it was breezy and it was informative. It was great, as someone who has recently started running, to read about running.
But I am glad I didn't read it before I started my running journey.
For me, the toughest parts, the most memorable parts, were in training for my first 5K. The first time I ran a mile. The first time I ran for 20 minutes. These were the long, hard slogs of running. In Alexandra's story, it jumps from her first run (where she ran a mile! I
Apr 30, 2013 Leah rated it liked it
When I heard about Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley, I wanted to read it immediately. You see I’ve been on a bit of a diet recently, and I’ve lost 9 kilos, which is not a bad effort. It’s since gone a bit sideways, though, and I’ve stabilised at my current weight, and I’ve decided that the best way to carry on losing weight is to do exercise. But, exercise terrifies me. I’m quite terrified that if I went walking or running (or a bit of both), people would see and judge and say I’m not ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book two days before a 10k race when I'd become completely disenchanted with running. While I'm not going to say that it made me immediately want to put on my trainers & get out there, it did help me to realise that all those people out there whom I think of as "real runners" also fall in and out of love with the sport.

Written in a really chatty, approachable style the book was easy to read, inspiring and encouraging.

The tales of the women who broke into distance running so very
Jan 19, 2017 Natasha rated it really liked it
[4 stars]

"What is a new hobby if not a shopping opportunity."

Running Like A Girl is exactly the book I wanted when picking it up. With a great blend of humour, actual guidelines and narrative, Running Like A Girl proved to be a very enjoyable read that was just the right length and paced well. Women who are runners or are in the initiation phase, Hemingsley gives a lot of practical advice as well as empathy for the physical, mental and emotional hardships that so frequently occur when runnin
May 19, 2016 Kruimel rated it liked it
Eerst en vooral. Ik plan niet om marathons (of zelfs maar halve) marathons te gaan lopen. Maar ik loop drie maal per week een toertje en ik geniet steeds meer van die (halve) uurtjes met alleen maar muziek en de cadans van mijn voeten.
Ik vond voornamelijk het eerste deel vermakelijk en herkenbaar. De schrijfster beslist om te starten met hardlopen en loopt tegen alle issues aan die ik herkende. Niet meer weten hoe je moet ademen na een eerste stukje van drie minuten, lopen op verkeerde schoenen
Apr 25, 2013 Caron rated it really liked it
Shelves: running
Exactly what i needed to hear/read after signing myself up for what at the moment seems like a monumental and unreachable goal.
It could have done (in my opinion) with a bit more about early runs and the lead up to the first marathon but it was still a great read and has assured me that i can be ready for my half marathon when it comes. I just have to want to run it and be ready for it.
Jan 22, 2017 Yanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel erg leuk en motiverend boek! Voor beginnende lopers (zoals ikzelf) zeker een aanrader als je de moed dreigt te verliezen of na maanden stilzitten debkt dat alle vorige moeite toch tevergeefs was.
De auteur neemt je mee op sleeptouw vanaf het prille begin tot de finish van haar laatste marathon. Wat begon als een vreselijk rondje van anderhalve kilometer groeit uit tot 5x 42km. Naast de loopervaring zelf, zijn ook alle gedachtegangen en extra ervaringen (zoals schoenen kopen, de juiste kledi
Ultra Violet
Jul 08, 2017 Ultra Violet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I don't run but I am trying to be more active and this book was so good to listen to whilst doing that. Alex is a bit nuts, she is very emotional about everything but that's also very likeable and relatable to. I enjoyed this a lot.
Mar 23, 2014 C rated it really liked it

This was great. Loved it from the forward to the end. It's a quick read, and a wonderfully honest, candid journal of the live & learn of starting - and continuing - to run.

One thing that this kept coming back to, and I have found it is so true: running is emotional. I've been all over the spectrum from defeated teary rage to glee to depression to peace to anxiety and everywhere in between in the process of starting and continuing with it. It is amazing to me, too, how strongly those emotion
Elizabeth A
Feb 06, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, non-fiction, memoir
After taking several months off to rest an injury (dang shin splints), I've started training to run a 5K again. I love reading books that help me feel like I am not alone in my highs and lows of running. And this one did just that.

This is a memoir about a woman who decides to start running in her thirties. I could so relate to some of her early stuff: After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she hit the streets—and failed
Aug 07, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This book is supposed to be motivational but this was not the case for me. The reason is that I had many times the feeling that the author had some severe confidence problems.. a rollercoaster of emotions! Moreover, the story was not always realistic. For example, the author seems to think everyone will improve very easily,but most new runners don't improve so steadily as the story tells us. In my own personal experience it took me more than 6 months to really run 5k "easily". I know many people ...more
Rebecca Freezer
Apr 05, 2013 Rebecca Freezer rated it it was amazing
OH SO GOOD. I completed this in a day as an audiobook. It's the best kind of chatty and oh so inspiring. Hemmo has a perfect voice for story telling. So warm and kind, intelligent and funny. It was a pure joy to listen to her recount her journey and to hear her woman to woman advice. I cannot recommend this book enough. Perhaps go the audio version for motivation on the move, but I shall purchase a print copy for reference too. Everything has been considered here and it was everything and more t ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Vanie rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading it: it's easy to read, informative and funny. Some parts were a bit redundant, but overall I liked it.
Alexandra goes from her very first run (a mile!) to her first marathon quite quickly in the book. Therefore, I would say that this book isn't addressed to the woman who has started to run and is struggling to complete her first 5K. It is more suited, in my opinion, to those who have never run and want to read about the fact that it is indeed possible, or those who already can
I'm not a self-help book person, I don't like being told what to do. I also don't really like watching other people be better than me at stuff/ do things I can't. Yet I love the way this author writes (and reads, in the audiobook) about herself. It's funny, wry and inspiring, like an autobiography but with tips about running. It's the mix that makes it readable for me. I can't run, but I walk, and this was something to listen to while walking, to inspire me to walk more.
Krysia Lucuk
Jan 08, 2014 Krysia Lucuk rated it it was amazing
A brilliant runner's book that promotes enjoying running just because! The story almost mirrors my running experience; training to do a marathon, having long gaps in between runs and the ups and downs of training. Loved every page!
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
this may be the quintessential “don’t judge a book by its cover”, or, by its title. When I first stumbled on it, I disregarded it as probably patronizing. The “Bridget Jones-like writer” endorsement from The Washington Post didn’t really help matters. I was pleasantly surprised to be completely wrong.

“You don’t run,” he corrected me. “But you’re more than able.”

I think part of the reason I enjoyed this was she’s rather like me. A late convert to running after assuming she couldn’t – and she sha
Janet Hutchinson
I enjoyed the anecdotal nature of the book, and having felt some of the same when training, I could sympathize. Runners are a different breed, that's for sure.
Read, Run, Ramble
Thank you Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss for providing me an ARC of this book!

Alex had forgotten she could run. Had forgotten how natural it really was to her. Now, in her thirties, she longs to be a runner, but doesn't believe she can. Once she decides she’s going to try, she eats three pieces of toast with honey, spends 90 minutes building an iTunes playlist, and heads out the door to what ends up being a painful, devastating run. Disappointed, she heads off on a journey to find the secr
Liberty Gilmore
Jan 02, 2014 Liberty Gilmore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I'm not normally a fan of narrative non-fiction but I demolished this in a couple of days. It's pretty short compared to some narrative non-fiction tomes I've attempted over the years, but it's also well written, incredibly engaging and honest and at times very, very funny.

Heminsley doesn't hold back in her anecdotes - from her mortifying experiences attempting to buy proper trainers for the first time, to dashing into a scary pub to empty her bowels mid-run, she takes you through all the highs
Jeanne Kay
Mar 08, 2015 Jeanne Kay rated it liked it
This is a great book for runners and runner-curious alike. Heminsley is a very likeable narrator, honest, self-deprecating and often funny, and even though the writing style is in the category of non-literary memoir/blog-type, it is engaging and smart. As a fellow runner though, I was frustrated by a few aspects of the narrative- first, while the description of the harrowing first run is quite good, I was quite disappointed at the narrative leap to being able to run- it appears that she was able ...more
Ingunn Øvrebø
Feb 15, 2017 Ingunn Øvrebø rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: selvhjelp
Me kan få negative assosiasjoner av ein tittel som Løp som en jente, men det skal ikkje vera negativt å løpe som ei jente. Forfattaren meiner at jenter kan springa like bra som menn.
Ho var ei av dei jentene som tenkte at «eg kan jo ikkje jogga eg», men så fekk ho lyst å prøva likevel. Ho var på eit nivå der ho blei andpusten og følte seg teit når ho sprang 100 meter. Men ho gav ikkje opp, sakte men sikkert blei ho betre. Etter kvart kjente ho på mestringsfølelsen, og det blei kjekt. Det var ikkj
Aug 23, 2015 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Obviamente que o título foi uma das coisas que me despertou a atenção, mas não foi a única. Gostando eu de corrida, pensei que estava na altura de ler um testemunho de um corredor amador e a forma como tinha entrado no mundo da corrida, as dificuldades sentidas e as peripécias vivida.

Deparei-me com um relato sincero, que de forma alguma tentou embelezar a experiência ou passar os tradicionais chavões de "nascemos para correr" e de que é a coisa mais natural do mundo. A verdade é que para muitas
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