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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Witty, observant, and full of cringe-worthy confessions and heartwarming encouragement, Confessions celebrates both running and life. Part Bridget Jones, part Forrest Gump, Dana Ayers chronicles her awkward mishaps and adventures in transitioning from childhood bookworm to accidental accomplished athlete. Over the last ten years, Ayers has completed a vast array of races. ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by Difference Press (first published August 29th 2015)
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Heidi The Reader
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Confessions of an Unlikely Runner filled me with hope. Hope that one day, I too with my sporadic training style and bookworm tendencies, could stumble my way through a race longer than a 10k at, if not respectable pace, then at least a step above sedate. Ayers is funny, candid, and self effacing in Confessions, her sports memoir. She gives tips and tricks from her many years of race running as well as humorous stories to comfort and amuse struggling athletes. I liked her writing style ...more
Marcee
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read! Next time someone says “tell me again why you pay to do that.....” just loan them this book. She really captures the spirit and soul of runners.
Heather
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
while I don't know if this book matches the description of 'a combination of Bridget Jones and Forest Gump' (or something like that) I did find it laugh out loud funny, touching, completely relatable and I pretty much want to be Dana Ayers new best friend. It's a quick fun read that made my feel almost ok about being a 'back of the packer'. It also reinforced that I shouldn't let my speed (or lack thereof) determine the adventures I undertake. Runner friends, if you don't take your runner-self ...more
Sabrina Queen
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a random read. I was scrolling through the top 100 free books on Amazon and this one caught my eye. This was a really fun book because a) I hate running..and b) I actually go running a few times a week. Sometimes every weekday. I found a lot of what the author had to say relatable. I feel like i need to go sign up for a marathon now! Also... The author is hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud at some points. Seriously glad I decided to pick this one up.
Jamie Puleo
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on a flight, and I found myself trying not to laugh out loud too much. This book is me! Most would call me a runner, but I have never been able to give myself that label even after two full marathons. So relatable, and if I lived closer to the author, I'd want to be her running buddy. Such a good read for anyone who has ever even thought about lacing up those sneakers!
April Ziegler
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really funny & a lot that I can relate to as a wanna-be runner.
Andie
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute fun read....as a runner, I laughed and nodded my way through the book.
Leilani
Fun, quick read about Ayers' experiences being a "casual" runner. Not a "how-to" for budding marathoners but it does give insight into the nitty gritty of different types of marathons and relays.

"We are the casual runners, as opposed to the competitive runners. Casual makes it sounds like it's my choice. Like I'm just keeping things casual with running. Like running and I sometimes see other people, because we're non-committal like that." That's basically the tone of the whole book. Very
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Wendy
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no expectations for this book--it was a free download from Amazon, but I picked it for my running book club this month. Funny and completely relateable, this was a great read for any middle of the pack or back of the pack runner.
Darcel A. Pertusati
Funny!

Good,fast read. Being a "back of the pack" runner also, I could relate to many of Dana's experiences. I really enjoyed this.
Jessyca505
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Although you may not be the fastest or even the most dedicated person, running will embrace you anyway and offer you rewards beyond your expectation." ~ Ayers

Quick excerpt that made me giggle, because it is me!

"Sometimes motivation comes in waves, and you just have to ride out the times when it’s not happening so much. To illustrate how this works, here’s a chronological look at my motivation levels on a typical run:

Beyonce starts to sing to me and I begin my run.

I pass a man on a bike who
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Stephanie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK - I'm a runner - and a slow one - and one who is half dedicated also - so I LOVED this book. Dana Ayers justs gets me! I read this book and kept thinking to myself "same girl same". I love Ayers writing style - it's a cross between Mindy Kalig and Tina Fey. i want to invite Ayers to my daughters Bat Mitzvah and sit her at my table. I want to be besties with her - I feel like I already am. if you run - this book will resonate with you - the runner war stories definitely have a theme - and ...more
Sul
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the book but I think it could have been even more detailed in some passages, anyway this is a very funny book and if you are into obstacle course racing it is a very entertaining option.
Brandy Davis
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super cute read. Short and sweet and just $2.99 on Amazon. Made me want to run lol.
Jennifer
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book the author writes about her accomplishes while being a runner. She does this on a really funny and motivational way, and with a lot of irony.
The chapters are about the races she did, which include a marathon, tough mudder and even relays who lasted couple of days.
it was really a nice read.
Acor Family
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fell in love with running all over again

Sweet and hilarious Miss Dana brings to life so many truths about running and training for races. After taking a seriously long break from running ( 8.5 months), she's quite inspired me & I'm back to taking my ”mini vacations” also known as my early morning runs! Thank you Miss Dana! May God continue to bless you
Dale DeSteno
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing and inspirational!!

as a middle of the pack runner, i can relate to basically everything in here and it is refreshing to see i am not alone!!! brilliant book! thanks dana!!
Gary Ray
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Entertaining and informative, this is a quick read for motivation as they start running. And it's true, after reading you will see dental flossers everywhere...
Siri
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun and inspiring little book! I'm currently recovering from a shoulder fracture (which actually happened while tripping on a run back in Dec!). This was just the right book to get me motivated, " in the mood" and back on track...reminding me of the multiple layers of running and why it's worth it, in spite of bad weather or feeling like snuggling under the covers or hating hills or... I chuckled the whole way through, and feel like going right out and joining a running group (and, me, an ...more
Cheryl Miller
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspirational!

Author's determination and sense of humor are threaded throughout her tales of increasingly challenging physical goals. I have been a runner for almost 40 years and have felt so many of the feelings she described. Loved this!!!!
Marjorie
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This girl was speaking my language. I'm exactly the casual type of runner she describes...Someone who started in college and continues to run because she is addicted to the endorphins, yet doesn't stress that she'll ever win any awards. Ha. I loved her description of Goldfish-Poodle brain. I forget the pain of the moment a particular run may have held, and so I chase forward with abandon the adventure that comes with the training plan and the build -up to the race. Her description of a Tough ...more
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
“We actually made it to mile seven without taking any walk breaks, because we were so busy trying to do math while pretending there was a chance we’d actually finish at all.”

I really loved this book and yes I’m going to review it even though it’s a short book, it’s only 110 pages via kindle. I was able to get it free and was thankful that my running buddies suggested it.

This is a must read for any runner or individual thinking about running. Personally, I just started running last October and I
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Amanda
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me at the perfect time. I am a new runner and I have always felt like I wasn't a true runner. The author has a lot of the same feelings on why she feels the same way. I mostly feel like that because for the most part I loathe running and have to really pump myself up to actually get out for a run. I have never been able to find that running bug that others have. It's nice to have someone to relate too and understand how I feel. I will say it's also motivating because if she can ...more
Rebecca Warren
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could relate to so much in this book. I just had my worst experience in a race. I haven't been running a year yet and this was the first time I ran (actually walked) a race and didn't 'finish'. I crossed the finish line but I didn't complete the course. I was too slow and got turned at a certain section of the race. My heart sunk. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. The finish line was closed before I even got there. I didn't even get a finishing time. After reading this book, I realized ...more
Jenn
Here's the instant, on page 8, that I knew I liked this chick. [describing one of her first 5Ks...] "And then there was me, who was eventually passed by a senator who was 107 years old if he was a day. I was also passed by a pregnant lady and a man wearing goggles. I quickly learned to embrace the fact that I will be passed. A lot. So I might as well be amused by it."

Yep, I can relate. I've been passed by runners twice my age, dads pushing double strollers, and 6-year olds but my favorite is the
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Jordan
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I just didn't like the book because the author annoyed me. She's one of those goofy people who says weird things just to say them and that always gets on my nerves. As a runner, I'm not super fast, but I can be competitive and am always trying to improve my running to the best of my ability. Dana seems to run to a) lose weight and b) do those silly themed races that aren't for people who like running without actually trying to improve. She never seems to be prepared for the races she ...more
Kristine Lewis
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!

I don't typically read nonfiction because it doesn't hold my attention well, but oh my goodness this book is my new favorite thing! This books is hilarious, so much so I would laugh out loud while reading while waiting for my son to fall asleep and I would be afraid I would wake him. There is so much heart in this book as well and I teared up. Mostly though I loved how much I could relate (especially about adjusting my shorts at least 5 times during a run) to most of what she's been
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James
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love. Love. Love this book!

Dana does such a fine job in capturing the heart and mind of those who hesitate to call themselves "real" runners due to speed impediments. I found myself laughing out loud as I could relate to her running war stories and the ways that she keeps herself motivated to keep hitting the trail. This book is especially in spring to me as I train for my first marathon, just four days before my 50th birthday! Thanks Dana for the encouragement to keep getting out there. It's a
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Evelyn Cronin
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have laughed annoyingly out loud throughout this book. I downloaded it hoping it would inspire me as I begin to train for my second ever 5K (my first, which I walked, being almost 11 years ago).
It is definitely inspiring, wonderfully encouraging, and absolutely entertaining.
I wish I could run with Dana as I get back into shape and learn to run. I could bring along a puke bag... (read the book).
Benjamin A. Hobson
Great Representation (and funny) of casual runners

I am an avid runner, but have slacked in running lately. This book gave me the motivation I needed to get off the couch. Lots of laughs (even for guys) and if you've ever tied some running shoes and went jogging indoors, outdoors, or any fitness then you will be able to relate to her writing.
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