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Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley {Review}

** Legal Stuff: I was provided a complimentary copy of Running Like a Girl from Simon & Schuster to read and review here. No other compensation was provided and all of the thoughts here are my own and were not inspired in any way by the receipt of this book. **

As a brand new runner, I have been looking for inspiration anywhere that I can find it- including in text.

Running Like a Girl was written by Alexandra Heminsley- a woman who was never a runner, but became one. Her journey was very real to me even though I’ve only been running for a few weeks.

Running Like a Girl

Getting the chance to read is an amazing thing that I don’t always get to do, so it’s been a while since I’ve read a good book.

Unless you haven’t been reading for a while, you know that I’ve signed up to run the Air Force Marathong (the 1/2) and this book was just what I needed- it served as a strong dose of encouragement that I can do this.

I call myself a quitter.

I say that I’m not a runner.

Alexandra said these same things- and at times during her journey, she did quit. She did question whether or not she was a runner and time after time, she was reminded that she is a runner.

Her stories were so real- from how horribly wrong her first run went, to how obnoxiously rude the salesperson in the running store was when she went to buy her first pair of shoes.

That experience truly resonated with me because I was an absolute mess when I went to buy  my first pair of running shoes- what was I doing there? They’d know right away that I wasn’t a runner. I was sure that I’d be embarrassed, but unlike Alexandra I was only met with kindness and reassurance.

After signing up for my first race, I said exactly what Alexandra did- there’s no turning back now and holy crap- I have no idea what I’m doing.

She talks about her fears when she started- including the (absolutely legit) fear that people were watching her. I’m three weeks into this journey and some days, I still think people are watching me. Alexandra reminds us that over and over- no one is watching and no one carespeople are going on about their own day.

Her emotional moments really touched me and made me even more excited for my journey ahead- her Nike marathon moment when an older woman pushed her forward when she thought she’d stop… and there were other moments like this where again and again other runners provided her with that extra “umph” that she needed to keep going.

I think the most important thing that I took away from this book is that speed doesn’t matter. If you want to be a runner, you can be a runner and it should be more about the journey and about reveling in the fact that you finished. For me, that is my goal- to just finish and be proud of that.

She gives lots of technical info as well about shoes, bras, running with a phone vs. not, etc. It can get a bit boring when she does start talking about this, but bookmark these pages to come back to later- they’ll serve as an important resource. She also answers those questions that you may have but may be afraid to ask and she covers some common injuries that runners face as well.

I think for first time runners looking for encouragement, it’s a great light read (if you don’t have kids- if you do, it may take you three weeks like me). Her stories will motivate you to keep going because she’s not a perfect runner and she’s probably not the fastest runner, but she runs and she finishes- each time.

Pick up a copy of Running Like a Girl and go- run.

You can do it.

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