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Confessions of an Unlikely Runner

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  14 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 December 22nd 2015 by Difference Press
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was a light quick read full of observational humour and personal anecdotes - fun and easy to finish the year with
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd hoped this book would provide some training techniques and lots of motivation for the back of the pack runner such as myself. And while there are a few "pro tips", most of this slight book is full of self deprecating stories about the author's mishaps while participating in some seriously tough events.
I suspect a truly dedicated runner would scoff at three stars, but I think she earned it based on her willingness to give her all to some brutal events.

And I'll remind myself of her energy th
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a not-so-fast runner for 16 years, I feel Dana has accurately captured the back of the pack race mentality and the incredible sense of community among runners. Her running experience mirrors mine in many ways that I believe she has written the book I never did, minus I've never vomited in a race (yet). Her humorous storytelling made this book a fun, quick read. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Another easy to read, funny book on running. Some tips, some inspiration, some useful reminders. Helps to know I’m not alone with being the slow one!
Karen Vivian
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this was an inspirational book that made me want to run. I ran two days in a row since starting this book, so be careful it could make a believer of yourself.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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"Unlikely Runner" is exactly who I am and this book speaks to my experiences in running. Maybe not the vomiting, electrocution or torn pants parts (not yet anyway). But the impostor syndrome I feel most times. Despite her rather impressive accomplishments, Dana describes to a "t" how I feel as well: apologetic and reluctant to call herself "a runner." In her first chapter she called herself an unathletic book nerd growing up and immediately I felt a kinship with her - That's me! I exclaimed in m ...more
Amber Weintraub
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short, easy, humorous, light-hearted book to read! I'm generally not into these types of books, but a friend gave it to me, and I read it pretty quickly.
I enjoyed it, and it made me laugh out loud quite a few times!
I love the candor of this author, and I love how this makes her so relatable.
I would not recommend this book for a hugely seasoned runner who spends every free moment of their life running or thinking about running who is looking for tips and advice.
I would recommend this book for
Missie Jacobson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Very relatable running book. Loved the story about the relay for Boston.
Ashley Lopez
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Laughed a lot and even cried. Wonderfully funny and honest point of view of someone who wouldn’t normally consider herself a runner.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read
Jamee Zielke
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a pretty similar type of runner and I like the author’s writing style. I enjoyed it.
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