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Running Like a Girl Audiobook

Running Like a Girl

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"If you've ever wept 'Why do I want to run?', your answer is here." (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)

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    Dee Reyes 01-13-15
    Dee Reyes 01-13-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Best running book ever!"

    Love this book, I've listened to it so many times....the best running book ever!
    I keep coming back to it because it is so real and vulnerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 11-14-13
    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 11-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Just love books.

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    "Laughed, cried, gasped....Marathon story!"
    Would you listen to Running Like a Girl again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Like a Girl?

    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!


    What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

    Her British accent and humour is gorgeous.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, yes, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in running in general this is an autobiography that will warm your heart and motivate your soul. Download it now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri Courtenay, BC, Canada 07-10-13
    Kerri Courtenay, BC, Canada 07-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Light and Funny Summertime Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Running Like a Girl the most enjoyable?

    The humorous stories and the heartfelt events really make this a book that appeals to women who run.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the dry wit in her voice and the funny and interesting ideas that she brings to the sport of womens recreational running.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OAKHAM, United Kingdom
    6/22/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    4/27/15
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    "Loved it"

    Read this book 2 years ago. Downloaded the audio for my first marathon two weeks ago. Listened to it all the way round. Loved having Hemo with me!
    It was even better on audio than on paper. A true & honest account of what it is like to start running & to become a runner. Loved it, love her & fab voice.
    Thankyou

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Clay
    West Sussex, England
    7/11/13
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    "Well worth a listen!"
    If you could sum up Running Like a Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Truthful, funny, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Umm - it's autobiographical. There really is only one character.


    What does Alexandra Heminsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N. CLOONEY
    11/25/15
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    "Listened to it twice, I enjoyed it so."

    I listened to this first of all when I was just starting my running journey. And recently listened again as I have become more experienced. I loved it both times!
    The first time was March 2015 and it really inspired me to get out there and start.
    Most recently I have joined a running club and ran in various events including a half marathon and have listened again November 2015 and found it just as interesting, entertaining and inspiring! Lots of great tips, extremely well written and read.
    Would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oxleygirlie
    7/13/15
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    "Excellent!!"
    What did you like most about Running Like a Girl?

    I found this book so inspiring. Read beautifully by the author herself which made it even more interesting as I was able to personally identify with her and the trials and tribulations she went through while running! I found the section on bras and fitness clothing shopping hilarious. I haven't been able to run as I want to for the past 3 years and this book has given me the confidence that I can and will start again. Many thanks


    What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

    Excellent - see above


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The parts I found most moving were following the developing relationship with her dad and the realisation that he had done all this before!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent! I've already recommended the book to many of my close running friends

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    6/16/15
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    "GREAT READ FOR ANYONE"

    I was already a 'beginner' runner when I listened to this book but I would of enjoyed it even if I had no interest in running. However being as I am (or was) rather on the curvy side and am still quite large busted I could fully identify with the authors trials and advice. I haven't run a marathon and not sure that I want to but the inspiration and advice in this book applies to all levels and is presented in a direct and amusing way that keeps you going back for more.
    Ruth

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    2/17/15
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    "A must for first time runners…women only!"
    What made the experience of listening to Running Like a Girl the most enjoyable?

    As a first time runner in my 30s, I could relate to many aspects of the book. It made me laugh, cry and gave me the incredible realisation that I might be a runner.

    I listened to this during my first few runs; it got me to my first 5K.


    What other book might you compare Running Like a Girl to, and why?

    Nothing to compare it too yet...


    What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

    She was down to earth and easy to listen to - it was like running with a friend.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    don't know


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthea
    London, United Kingdom
    9/13/13
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    "Inspiration for female runners"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Running Like a Girl to be better than the print version?

    Fabulous for any female training for a marathon - funny, encouraging and great to listen to when running -the honesty of running. Love it!


    What does Alexandra Heminsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    honesty


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • donnakay delahaye
    5/13/14
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    "Funny & truthful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Running Like a Girl to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio


    What other book might you compare Running Like a Girl to, and why?

    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


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she talks about falling out of love with running … as everyone goes through such periods


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    2/2/16
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    "Utterly Inspiring!"

    Listened to this over the month of starting couch to 5K for the second time in my life! Has completely reignited my passion for running and helped motivate me to put my trainers on after a long commute. Love the tips, will definitely revisit these!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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