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A charming, hilarious, and practical book about one woman’s stumbling, painful efforts to start running and how becoming
a runner ultimately transformed her relationships, her body, and her life.
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) and what
isn’t (appearance), and more.
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.