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Running for My Life

How I Built a Better Me, One Step at a Time
Narrated by: Kat Rose Martin
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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For listeners who enjoyed Alexandra Heminsley's Running Like a Girl and Bryony Gordon's Mad Girl, Running for My Life is a funny, heartfelt and inspirational story of one woman's marathon journey through mental illness.  

Suffering from depression but desperate for 'normality', Rachel Cullen found herself in failing relationships, the wrong career and a reliance on alcohol and chocolate to get her through each day. Stuck in an endless cycle of mental misery, she put on a pair of old trainers.  

She'd never been able to think of herself as a 'runner' before, and the first time she forced herself out the door, she knew it would hurt. Everywhere. She just didn't realise how much it would heal her, too.

©2018 Rachel Cullen (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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You should give this a hard pass

I can’t believe I made it to the end. I feel like I just completed a marathon! The story has lots of promise, but unfortunately the writing is sloppy, repetitive, and lazy. The narrator is someone I wish I liked, but can’t. She’s just kind of a “dick” (her word). The performance was stoically well read, but Ms. Martin’s accent was difficult to understand at times (for me, at least.)

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Wonderful Motivation for a Runner

Such a wonderful book. I'm a knew runner at the end I'm super happy to have been able to listen to her story. It's amazing what running can do for a person.

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Honest and inspiring

This book it not just about running. It also helps to reminds us that life is hard, and sometimes we just need to know it's going to be ok, I can get through this.
I loved the way it is written with the humor, honesty, and love. The author is very open with her struggles and it makes this book relatable to many people who read it.
I truly enjoyed listening to the book! If you need a reminder that you are not alone, pick this book.

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  • Mandy
  • 12-29-18

a lovely heart warming story

loved the positive take on a life managing mental ill health and feel very motivated to see if running could help to improve my mental health.

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  • Ms L Holden
  • 01-03-19

A truly inspirational, touching and real story

Made me laugh, cry and inspired me to battle my own demons. Going for a run now.

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  • Sophie
  • 03-08-19

Not as much running as I’d like

It’s definitely not as good as some of the running stories I’ve read, such as Running like a girl. It talks through the authors while life from a young age and I found those chapters uninteresting. I stick with it and the second half is definitely better with more running stories but it’s not one I’ll read again.

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  • becky trout
  • 08-13-19

Dull, uninspiring and self-absorbed

I appreciate the positive message that Cullen is trying to get across and it rings true to my own experience with running and mental health, however, the book as a whole is incredibly boring with long, drawn-out passages about the author's youth/life and nowhere near enough focus on running! This also makes the author come across as rather self-absorbed and not particularly likable. Additionally, I felt it was quite poorly written; in particular, the content jumps around a lot making it quite difficult to follow.

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  • MCL S.
  • 08-07-19

would not recommend

I liked the narrator but not the book. Couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Self indulgent, self absorbed content with little running. Her lack of empathy with other amateur runners such as her sister was infuriating. If you want to feel inspired to run there are MUCH better books out there.

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  • K-London
  • 07-06-19

Favourite Running Book

Brilliantly written and such a great read if you’re into running. I love it so much I’ve already read it twice.

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  • Sair0075
  • 07-02-19

Raw and Real

A real insight into a life where running was the answer to an unknown question. Listening to this book makes you feel. I'd say whether you're a runner or not, or feeling like you have imposter syndrome (particularly about running) then this is a really good listen/read because it's real life and feels open but raw in a good way.

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  • Alice Lane
  • 06-22-19

ok story. grating narrator

fairly interesting story. it did jump around a fair bit and was confusing at times.

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  • Danielle
  • 06-22-19

Wish I could give the narration more than 5 stars

Seems like a very genuine account that will be very relatable to anyone who has struggled with self image, depression, unhealthy relationships with food or exercise.

The narration really makes it though, they are so earnest and genuine sounding

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  • Miss E.
  • 06-17-19

Brilliant !


Loved the narrator, read with great expression and humour. Very honest and funny. Highly recommended.