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Running Like a Girl

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,932 ratings  ·  830 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
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Catherine Howard
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

I am not someone who will ever be mistaken as athletic, but I do remember doing long-distance running in high school (for a very short time) and really enjoying it. It didn’t last long because as soon as I discovered boys any illusions of of running went out the window.

Now at 42 I have decided to sign up for a 5km fun run. Reading this book was great entertainment while I prepared for my runs. And her advice on sports bras were invaluable.

Don’t think of this book on running but rather
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
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
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun read that made me want to find my running shoes again. I loved the authors chatty style. I would have liked to have known a few extra things like her marathon times, just how much she walked and why she got a personal trainer. I liked the top tips at the end of the book too. Would definitely recommend to those that have run and those that would like to run. And you don’t need to be a girl to enjoy it
Dec 25, 2013 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.
Charlotte Cantillon
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
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
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
Jennifer Doyle
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
May 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 rec
[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 whe
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 emotions hi
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
I *really* wish that I had read this book prior to running the half-marathon race in which I partook earlier this year. Having finished it, I am filled with a motivational burst to give a full marathon a go - despite having proclaimed with full confidence that a full one would be too hardcore for me.

What I liked most about Heminsley's book is that she's brutally honest about running; it is painful, it is excruciatingly hard and may on occasion make you want to cry. Yet it also has so many benefi
Elizabeth A
Feb 06, 2014 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
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
Kitvaria Sarene
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, running
Overall I really enjoyed the book and found a lot of what the author is saying interesting.
I liked her tone most of the way and it was fluent and entertainingly written. I especially liked that she would never dream of telling people what "the right" running form is, as everything me is different. If you just started running, or want to start running this might be a great motivation.

I'll have to have a little rant too though:
Some parts had me rolling my eyes.

While I find it extremely helpful to
Rebecca Freezer
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Krysia Lucuk
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
MissBecka Gee
She approaches this in a fun manner, but it was not as well written as I would have hoped for.
Nandini Chaturvedi
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Running and I don’t get along very well. Although you can call me somewhat an active person, running is one activity that doesn’t excite me too much, I mean it doesn’t give me the kind of that high swimming or climbing or biking does. Having said that, I have run four or five 10K races, I ran nonstop but didn’t really end feeling satisfied with myself, but at least happy to finish the race nonstop. I have always preferred running on a treadmill (usually a 30 to 40 min warm-up run at the gym) rat ...more
Finally a book about running written by someone who is not a natural runner.
Made me laugh & made me want to get up off the couch.
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
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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2 / 5

I've basically realised that what I enjoy about reading books about running is people's personal experiences. Their race reports, their trials and tribulations, their elation and disappointments. The bits that make them less running gods and more normal people who are damn good at a particular sport. I want to be inspired but not intimidated. And I can get all of this from reading the blogs of ultrarunners and not not have to spend a penny.

Running Like A Girl is mostly a brief overview
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running Like a Girl
I was very pleased when I received this from
This book is a very interesting account of how the author got into serious running. Serious as in marathon distance, not serious as in without humour, because it is a very entetaining read.
Alexandra Heminsley writes of her own personal experiences, as well as debunking some myths and misconceptions about running.
It is a very personal account, but contains useful information for runners of both sexes, and my husband is
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