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Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness

bySuzy Favor Hamilton

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

During the 1990s, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field. An outstanding runner, a major sports apparel spokesperson, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active, healthy, and wholesome life. But her perfect facade masked a dark truth: manic depression and bipolar disorder that drove her obsession to perform and win. For years after leaving the track, Suzy wrestled with her condition, as well as the loss of a close friend, conflicted feelings about motherhood and her marriage, and lingering shame about her athletic career. After a misdiagnosis and a recommendation for medication that only exacerbated her mania and made her hypersexual, Suzy embarked on a new path, and assumed a new identity. Fueled by a newfound confidence, a feeling of strength and independence and a desire she couldn’t tamp down, she became a high-priced escort in Las Vegas, working as “Kelly.”

But Suzy could not keep her double life a secret forever. When it was eventually exposed, it sent her into a reckless suicidal period where the only option seemed out. Finally, with the help of her devoted husband, Suzy finally got the proper medical help she needed. In this startling frank memoir, she recounts the journey to outrun her demons, revealing how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind. It is the story of a how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all—reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness. Today, thanks to diagnosis, therapy, Kelly has stepped into the shadows, but Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time. Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.

Suzy Favor Hamilton was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1968. She is a three-time Olympian for women's middle distance running who competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics. When her racing career ended, she struggled in living a normal life as a working wife and mother. Later she discovered that she had an undiagnosed m...
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Title:Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From MadnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062346202

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Great book. I can see that it might trigger a lot of negativity in some people, but if you are fairly open-minded and have some knowledge on mental disorders, you will truly enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hypnotizing This book grabbed me from the very beginning with the beautiful and insightful description of the experiences of mental health in the intense world of competitive sports. The candid sharing of one's own struggles - both in mental health and in family in general - regardless of the extreme situation is something that will touch you personally as a reader and encourage you to be more mindful of the journeys that everyone is on that we encounter in our own lives.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED it I read this book in one sitting, as it captured me from the first sentence. I read over other reviews (on a different site) and saw a lot of judgement and negativity, which really concerned me. It's so sad to see women hating on other women and judging their acts. I completely understand where everyone is coming from but feel the need to defend her. Men do things like this all the time and it's brushed off as "boys will be boys" but when a woman does it it's outrageous. I think it's time to be more open minded and less judgmental. I think it's clear that she did not do this out of selfish reasons nor was she clearheaded when this happened. I happen to work in mental health and addictions and see this type of behaviour everyday. Many actions and behaviours do not make sense and that is because their brain isn't functioning properly. You need to remember that when you're experiencing mental health issues you're not being a perfectly reasonably and freely thinking individual. There is almost like a heavy cloud surrounding your brain and you do what your mental health dictates unable to recognize or correct your behaviour. I think it took a lot to speak out about her story and we should all feel privileged to be able to step into her world and see how it feels to be her during her hardest times.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED it I read this book in one sitting, as it captured me from the first sentence. I read over other reviews (on a different site) and saw a lot of judgement and negativity, which really concerned me. It's so sad to see women hating on other women and judging their acts. I completely understand where everyone is coming from but feel the need to defend her. Men do things like this all the time and it's brushed off as "boys will be boys" but when a woman does it it's outrageous. I think it's time to be more open minded and less judgmental. I think it's clear that she did not do this out of selfish reasons nor was she clearheaded when this happened. I happen to work in mental health and addictions and see this type of behaviour everyday. Many actions and behaviours do not make sense and that is because their brain isn't functioning properly. You need to remember that when you're experiencing mental health issues you're not being a perfectly reasonably and freely thinking individual. There is almost like a heavy cloud surrounding your brain and you do what your mental health dictates unable to recognize or correct your behaviour. I think it took a lot to speak out about her story and we should all feel privileged to be able to step into her world and see how it feels to be her during her hardest times.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Suzy shares her struggle with mental health in a way that brings you into the battleground of mental illness. Absolutely wonderful and truly eye-opening unto the struggle that mental health creates.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Worth a read. Tough to understand what she went through. Unless you lived it. Happy for her recovery
Date published: 2015-10-27

Editorial Reviews

“Hamilton is telling the story her way, with her new memoir, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, in which she details with disarming frankness her spiral from “America’s sweetheart” to suicidal sufferer of bipolar disorder.”