The ultimate running guide for women brought to life in audio by author Alexandra Heminsley.
Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run.
Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs. So, while this is a book about running, it's not just about running. You could say it's about ambition (yes, getting out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning counts), relationships (including talking to the intimidating staff in the trainer shop), as well as your body (your boobs don't have to wobble when you run). But it's also about realising that you can do more than you ever thought possible.
Very funny, very honest, and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this is a book for anyone who after wine and crisps for supper a few too many times thinks they might...just might...like to run like a girl.
Alexandra Heminsley is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and a dedicated runner.
©2013 Alexandra Heminsley (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"If you've ever wept 'Why do I want to run?', your answer is here." (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)
Just love books.
Yes and started already. I love books that are read by the author themselves and Alexandra Heminsley is so expressively humorous it is a delight to listen to.
When she was crossing the finish line at the New York Marathon. I cried with joy for her!
and running past the blind war veteran. Oh and her nickname, Hemmo!
Her British accent and humour is gorgeous.
Yes, yes, yes.
If you are interested in running in general this is an autobiography that will warm your heart and motivate your soul. Download it now
The humorous stories and the heartfelt events really make this a book that appeals to women who run.
I enjoyed the dry wit in her voice and the funny and interesting ideas that she brings to the sport of womens recreational running.
"Funny & truthful"
I only have the audio
none that I have read so far, very individual the sample did not really fit the book as the book is more interesting that the sample you listen
all the book
When she talks about falling out of love with running … as everyone goes through such periods
Very truthful, contains all the questions you may have as a beginner running but did not about and you also learn from her mistakes like buying half a size bigger running shoes …I have learnt by lesson my two black & blue big toe …..Now I go up a half …I wish someone had told me this before….. This book contain a wealth of knowledge which you will need to know if you want to become a serious/middle/long distance runner
"Well worth a listen!"
Truthful, funny, entertaining
Umm - it's autobiographical. There really is only one character.
There is a nice natural way to the reading, and it feels like a friend chatting to you and telling you tales of her life out running.
I dithered about buying this book for a while - I've been dissapointed by how seriously some books on running take themselves. I needn't have worried, Its a really good book. I'm a runner myself and probably of a similar age and standard to the author - having just completed my first marathon at the time of listening - I really did identify with the stories told in a way I don't think I ever have in a book before. Not all of her stories and experiences have been the same, but enough were to make me realise how terribly normal I am! Especially the small 'Oh whats the point?' meltdown (which I was in the middle of when I bought the book for motivation!)
The fact that the book is read by the author makes it so much better to listen to in my opinion too - makes it more real.
Now - how do I sign up for the San Francisco marathon?
"if you read just one book about running..."
I've not read the print version, but listening to Alexandra tell her own story was most of what made me love this so much.
She is absolutely earnest and honest throughout this. I listened on runs as I worked between 5k and 10k, and it alternated between hilarious and inspiring. The advice is specific for self-concious women, and as a girl with a chest on me, the chapter about bras almost made me fall over - people just don't talk about how hard it is to exercise with big breasts. I genuinely cried, running through the forest, as she spoke about the first women marathoners. I felt so close to them, and so free.
She's a lovely woman, obviously, but it was her adoration of her family and friends, and the empathy in her performance that really makes this for me.
"Get Those Trainers On It's A Blast!"
As a running evangelist I would definitely recommend this book
It's a good story of the running journey - for beginners and converts
I'm not a marathon runner but really enjoy the freedom and fitness that running gives me
It's great to hear a book that's well narrated by the author
"Took me away for my gruelling 20 milers"
I would recommend this to another female runner. Its an entertaining story and I thoroughly enjoyed it - Im not sure if a non runner would get the same pleasure from it.
The narrative of this was at times a little Bridget Jones-esque. Which I didnt mind. She speaks honestly about her experiences and as a runner myself (I listen to audible books on my long runs) there were often times I found myself laughing and nodding along in agreement.
It was great to get another female perspective on running and she came out with quite a lot of things that I didnt know before. I felt like I had a running buddy right there with me and was a bit gutted when it finished.
"Inspiration for female runners"
Fabulous for any female training for a marathon - funny, encouraging and great to listen to when running -the honesty of running. Love it!
"Great motivator, sympathetic narrator/ writer"
I actually really enjoyed this. I was trying to find something to get me in to running, and after trying Run Fat Bitch Run (which wasn't my cup of tea), this was great. The narrator / author is sympathetic, funny and encouraging. It wasn't vaguely indulgent or boring, just a great book about the joys of running and simple advice on how to engage with the sport. Much to recommend to anyone who's considering running. I listened to it on my first few jogs!
Different to what I normally listen to, I saw the book and read the description and thought why not? It might be interesting.... I was so inspired and motivated I have been for a run this morning whilst listening to it on the go! BRILLIANT the kick start I needed!
I loved this, it was emotional at times, and makes you realise all those silly things you think whilst running and preparing to go out on a run, after the run etc are completely normal, you are not on your own, we all have our own reasons for running and Alexandra has experienced so much in the time she has been running it is good to listen to her advice as another down to earth person who at times has struggled but persisted as well.
You really felt her emotion, at times it did make me shed a tear, other times making me laugh and what I appreciate the most is her encouragement which made me realise everyone has ups and downs etc etc and all I need to do is keep going!
Will definitely be re-playing this in the future!
"It's not just for girls or runners"
Goodness knows why I chose this book, but I'm glad I did. I don't run. Have only vaguely thought about trying.I am a girl and (I suspect) am somewhat more 'curvy' than Alexandra. But that didn't matter, because this was a book to be involved in someone else's story, but who could provide incentive to give running a go.
Alexandra's reading is witty and charming. I so understand the issue about boobs bouncing too much. And I loved her description of her first run. Putting on trainers and walking out the door only to realise you don't know what to do then. She describes so well the feelings of embarrassment, the trepidation of taking that first step and the pain (and pleasures) that running can bring.
She also explains the the reasons for using all the kit that sports shops try to sell you. I knew that the footwear and bra would be important, but didn't think about socks or shirt. She also provides advice about running, especially long-distance/marathon running.
This book is a great read whether you are a runner, a wannabe runner or a stay-at-home non-runner. Her story is engaging and light-hearted, told with humour and honesty.
"Just loved it!"
I found this both funny and emotional. I could totally relate to Alexandra's feelings and family history. It bought tears to my eyes at times. I read it just before running a 10K after 5 years "resting" and it really motivated me. I will listen to it again for sure. Brilliant writing and very well read. Told loads of people about it - great, thank you Alexandra, Suzanne
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