A running recommendation…
Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
Genre Non-Fiction (Sport)
Thursday 17th April – Saturday 19th April (3 days)
3 morning, 2 evening.
What an amazing, witty, interesting book. I struggled to put this down. This woman has managed to encapsulate pretty much everything I have discovered, felt and realised about running and written it down in a very witty and emotive way.
I started this book about 4 days after I finished the London Marathon – my 2nd London, and my 3rd marathon overall. It was hard work, I have been very busy, so training has been difficult, and I have a bad back that I have been trying to run with since Christmas (not very successfully) and I needed something to remind me of all the good things that made me run in the first place.
Alexandra gets running. She started on a whim, determined to go from nothing to running the London Marathon in less than a year, and she did it. Since then she has gone on and run more… learning about different aspects of the sport along the way and even going to San Francisco to partake in the Nike Women’s Marathon.
She talks about training, about how running for 10 minutes straight can be hellish when you first start, about how you can quickly progress from barely being able to jog round the block, to being able to run a marathon. She writes about the experience of buying good running trainers, how a decent bra can make or break, the irritation of pinning bloody race numbers on your top when you have boobs and the best way to tie your hair back. The emotions that you go through on a long run, how you feel before, during and after a marathon, and the amazing show of humanity you see at a big event like the London Marathon.
When I started running I never thought I’d be able to run 5km, let alone 26 miles, but I have grown to love running (and at times hate it…) and I feel I was reliving my running journey whilst reading this book. She accurately describes the emotions, the problems you come across, the way you feel when you’re running – it was a fantastic book that I highly recommend.
I cried my way through this book, as I felt there was someone else out there who knew what I had been through, and laughed at the mistakes that I had made as well, and the silly situations I had also found myself in.
If you run, this book is for you. If you don’t run, but you fancy it, this book is for you. If you don’t run, don’t want to run, but know someone who does, this book is for you. Just brilliant.
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