In her twenties, Alexandra Heminsley spent more time at the
bar than she did in pursuit of athletic excellence. When she decided to take up
running in her thirties, she had grand hopes for a blissful runner’s high and
immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with
honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she
hit the streets—and failed miserably. The stories of her first runs turn the
common notion that we are all “born to run” on its head—and expose the truth
about starting to run: It can be brutal.
Running Like a Girl
tells the story of how Alexandra gets beyond the brutal part, makes running a
part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like
weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable
daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father—a marathon runner—and
her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.
But before that, she has to figure out the logistics of
running: the intimidating questions from a young and arrogant sales assistant
when she goes to buy her first running shoes, where to get decent bras for the
larger bust, how not to freeze or get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before
a run. She’s figured out what’s important (pockets), what isn’t (appearance),
For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run,
or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and
motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has
completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, practical, and fun.
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