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"Easy encouraging read…"
A positive and interesting book, and very easy to read. I found the way in which running re-connected her with her Dad really touching and interesting. The emotions of running in a large race were familiar too, and well described. The challenges of finding the perfect sports bra and trainer shopping rang very true. I would pass onto a friend to read.
I read "Running with the Kenyans" too recently which was more technical but also told from a personal perspective. Another good inspiring read for runners, but a bit more substantial.Read moreLess
"Essential read for marathon runners…"
I read this easy and enjoyable book on the commuter train. It has no sex or violence and is therefore quite safe to leave around the house. The most risque and useful bit is on being measured for a sports bra at Bravissimo.
As the author's second run was 5k it soon became apparent that for me this book was going to be an interesting but fantastical account of an attempt to run the London Marathon, which for me is like reading about people who sail round the world single-handed: i.e. unachievable but admirable.
The author's relationship with her father, who ran 19 'official' marathons was movingly developed. The account of her family cheering her on on the day brought a tear and a smile to my eye, though her chagrin at being included with the costumed slow coaches at the start line made me frown a bit.
On balance this book is no good for fatties like me who are trying to get it together to walk briskly for 30 minutes three times a week, but entertaining for those who can already run 5 k and are thinking of doing the marathon. I have passed it onto DD.Read moreLess
"A running book for the rest of us…"
This book was such a fun read, and that's not something I thought I would ever say about a "sporty" book! It was down-to-earth, hilarious and practical. Like the author, I'd never considered I could be a "sporty type"; the words of someone like Paula Radcliffe are not meant for mere mortals like me! But Alexandra seems so... normal! I've tried running several times in the past, and never really successfully maintained it. Following Alexandra's journey, I recognised so many of the stages and problems, and it was a relief to hear that so much of it was completely standard. It challenged many of my perceptions of who runners are/what they are made of, and yes, it did inspire me to give running another go.Read moreLess
"Funny and informative…"
I read this book as a half marathon runner and so can't say whether it would make you want to run from scratch. It did however make me cry. I recognised many of the emotions and was genuinely moved by some of the book. I also found the injury info at the back really helpful. Would definitely recommend.Read moreLess
"Feel good book for anyone who has ever thought about running…"
As a fair weather jogger I selected this book to give me motivation and encouragement to become an all weather jogger - well I was not disappointed. Heminsley honestly and enthusiastically describes the highs and lows of how she got into running in the first place, who she has met along the way and the extra hidden bonuses that running has brought her as a by-product of running. She describes her marathon jogs with such clarity that you practically feel her blisters and want to egg her on to finish! If you have ever had the slightest interest in jogging/running or simply upgrading your walk then this book is for you!Read moreLess
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