Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra HeminsleyRunning Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley

Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run

byAlexandra Heminsley

Paperback | June 10, 2014

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The inspiring, hilarious memoir of a “Bridget Jones-like writer” (The Washington Post) who transforms her life by learning to run, with stories of miserable defeat, complete victory, and learning to choose the right shoes.

When Alexandra Heminsley decided to take up running, she had hopes for a blissful runner’s high and immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes creating the perfect playlist, she hit the streets—and failed spectacularly. The stories of her first runs turn on its head the common notion that we are all “born to run”—and exposes the truth about starting to run: it can be brutal.

Running Like a Girl tells the story of getting beyond the brutal part, how Alexandra makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin; but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father—a marathon runner—and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.

But before her first marathon, she has to figure out the logistics of running: the intimidating questions from a young and arrogant sales assistant when she goes to buy her first running shoes, where to get decent bras for the larger bust, how not to freeze or get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before a run. She’s figured out what’s important (pockets) and what isn’t (appearance), and more.

For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, practical, and fun.
Title:Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to RunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 10, 2014Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1451697155

ISBN - 13:9781451697155

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect running book for girl... I bought it and read it cover to cover in a day. Well written with style and humor. Gives you insights and answer to question you are dying to ask but don't... Gives inspiration to keep running... again and again.
Date published: 2014-02-10

Editorial Reviews

"The author is so insightful about how difficult it is to commit to a regular running routine--especially if you don't consider yourself a natural athlete. But Heminsley is also very honest about the emotional rewards of running: how much more confident and happy she feels because she does it regularly. Pick up Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run for a great read and plenty of practical tips."