If you've been reading my blog for a few years, you know I have been running for years. Lately those running sessions have been few and far between, and as I've gotten older I've become slower and heavier.
I found this book on Net Galley and just had to read it, and found someone who wrote a book just for me. Running Like a Girl is Alexandra's true tale of how she got off her duff, started running, completed a marathon, and found herself sitting on the couch again and not running.
That is me. Except I don't sit on the couch, I lay on it as I read books or take a nap.
What makes this book different from other running books is what really hit home for me while I was reading it last night. I don't want to spend all of my runs thinking about how fast I have to run, negative splits, fartleks, or planning my meals for the next week around long runs. I just want to enjoy the run, see the sights, and finish feeling tired and achy but knowing I just did my body and mind a world of good.
Alexandra readily admits to working her ass off to run a marathon (with the help of her dad and brother) and even raises money for a charity in order to feel good about her suffering through training for 6 months. But after that triumph, the glow faded; she found herself running less and less until she stopped. Somehow she did take up running again, and has run more marathons and half marathons since then. Running is now part of her life. What she found out about herself and running really hit a chord for me, and made me feel that I wasn't alone in the post-race let down and inability to keep running and being enthusiastic about it. But you can always, always, put those shoes on and begin running again. It is never too late, and you are never too out of shape or too anything to not try it again.
The second half of the book is about some running advice she's learned over the years--simple stuff, but great for a novice or someone who doesn't know a lot of runners and is a bit intimidated about buying shoes or a running bra. We all know when we're out running there is always someone who runs faster, looks fab in their work out clothes, and never seems to work hard while piling up the miles. But for the rest of us who struggle through every run, want to give up, and can't afford to spend money on matchy matchy anything, this is a great uplifting book that will get you off the couch and out the door.
Rating: 7/10 for humor, brutal honesty, and an easy read.
Available in October in hardcover and e-book.