Running Like a Girl

  • by Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Sastre
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Until five years ago, Alexandra Heminsley was decidedly not a runner. Nor was she athletic in any sense of the word. She was an ordinary, curvy woman who was convinced that sports of any kind, especially running, were beyond her. But she's made running part of her life, and gets to reap the rewards: not just the obvious things, like a touch of weight loss, health and glowing skin, but self-belief, and immeasurable daily pleasure.
She's discovered a new closeness to her father, a marathon-runner of many years standing , and her brother, with whom she ran her first marathon, as well as a new side to herself, and has become intrigued by the little-known but rich feminist history to running. Along the way, Alex has had to handle the logistics of learning to run: the intimidating questions of a 22 year-old sales assistant while buying running shoes, where to get decent bra for the larger bust, and how to apply Vaseline to make the wearing of both comfortable.
She's worked out how not to freeze, how not to get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before a run. She' s worked out what's important (pockets) and what isn't (appearance) about what you wear. She's conquered the logistics of how to run a race, and how to use a heart rate monitor. She's run the gamut of uncontrollable emotion that a long-distance race can bring, and she's experienced the zen moment of distance covered, problems solved, that is the grail of every regular runner. Part memoir, part how-to, Running Like a Girl is a funny, warm and practical exhortation to ordinary women to lace up their sneakers, and see what they are capable of.

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Meh... not what I thought...

I bought this book because I'm about a good 2 months into my venture to start running, and I thought I could relate to a lot of what this author talks about. You know... curvy non-athletic girl deciding she wanted to start running, and the challenges she faces. Uh, nope. This book is more about how a novice runner trained for a marathon. Her first run, she ran for a mile. By chapter two, she states that she could run for an hour comfortably. SO not me. It's taken me two months to work up to 2 miles, which for me is a half-hour. A lot of that included leg cramps, bad experiences on trails, finding out that running on a treadmill is different, experiencing the runner's high for the first time, etc. etc. None of that. I'm sure the story is good, but by chapter 3 I decided it's just not what I was expecting or hoping for. Fat girl story about finding a love of running through grueling hours every week of trial and error? Nope. This chick left out all the details of what it takes to get to the point where you can actually run a decent amount. I'm not interested in a book about how she trained for her marathon. I got it on sale pretty cheaply, so maybe I'll save it for a year or so down the road when I've caught up to her.
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- Maria

Wonderful!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It is funny, serious, honest, and I could completely relate to her experiences. Very inspirational. She tells you that if she can do it, (and this is how she did it) anyone can too, and this is how. BUT In a wonderfully interesting way. I couldn't put it down, honestly.


What about Elizabeth Sastre’s performance did you like?

She was the PERFECT voice for the author. She was EXACTLY right. Her humor, inflection, and emotion was exactly right for the story. I was VERY impressed. It was a flawless performance.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had all kinds of reactions to this book. I did laugh! and I did shed a few tears, of understanding and compassion. I really felt connected to the Heroine/Author/Narrator and was moved by her experience. Tears with a smile, if you know what I mean... I was also inspired, GREATLY! Great book!


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- Kylie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books