"It had been hours since I ran at track practice that winter, but I hadn't bothered to shower, let alone change clothes. No, I didn't have time for that, because I had found the answer to my prayers.
"This has to be it.
"Eat all the fruit you want.
"Never get fat.
"Raw. Food. Diet."
Rachael Steil clocked in as an All-American collegiate runner; she became a girl clawing for a comeback on a 30-bananas-a-day diet. This year-long struggle with raw food ended when she realized she had to find her self-respect beyond her identity as a successful runner on a perfect diet.
Running in Silence opens the door on the secret world of eating disorders. It provides vital insights for those who don't suffer from this disease and an honest and harrowing personal story for those who do. Steil challenges the stigma of eating disorders, looks past appearance, and dives into the heart of obsession.
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Heartfelt, engaging story dragged down by author narration
I'm not a runner, but...
Yes! I already have, and she purchased it on her Kindle. This is a great story about diving into something that seems like a good idea (a diet) that slowly takes over and smothers your ability to live the life you want. Even though I am not a runner, I have struggled with my eating disorder and disordered eating habits for almost half my life. This book really touched on the fact that an eating disorder can come from many different places in life, but the struggle for perfection and control is something we almost all have in common.
Her coach was my favorite because he was supportive without be accusative, and he focused on her attitude as a person towards her teammates and herself, rather than her ability to run or her eating disorder. He encouraged and rewarded her for her spirit and personality instead of accomplishments and trophies.
She only really spoke as herself, but I enjoyed her voice.
Both actually. I cried because I could hear parts of myself that I knew, and also parts of myself that I didn't want to admit I had. I laughed because (in a weird way), her eating disorder behaviors somewhat mimicked mine and I couldn't believe I was hearing someone else say it (let alone in a book).
Thank you so much for sharing your story! Even though the background and premise are different, eating disorders aren't frequently spoken about. And your incorporation of internet triggers and personal struggles and triumphs are refreshing.