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Book giveaway: Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Jan-14 12:25:02

We have 50 copies of Alexandra Heminsley's Running Like a Girl up for grabs this week.

As Caitlin Moran says; "If you've ever wept "Why do I want to run?", your answer is here." Running Like a Girl is an honest, funny and inspiring memoir about Alex's own journey from being certain that she wasn't a runner at all, to completing five marathons.

If you're already a runner, you'll relate to Alex's triumphs and lows and affirmation that running is about so much more than losing weight. If you've ever thought about running but then failed to put on your trainers and get out there, this is the perfect book to offer you both inspiration and practical advice on everything from avoiding injury to buying the right bra.

Watch Alex talking about the book and if you fancy reading and reviewing, apply for a free copy. Once you've read it, join the discussion on this thread or post a review of Running Like A Girl.

Finally, Alexandra wrote a guest blog where she explained how running has transformed her relationship with her body, and helped her find reserves of determination she never knew she had.

Blatherskite Mon 27-Jan-14 18:54:04

Oooh, a friend was recommending this book to me just the other day! Have applied for a copy. Looking forward to this chat

IAmNotDarling Mon 27-Jan-14 21:38:07

I need some motivation to get running.

I am fat. I've got big boobs. I need a cheap hobby.

Above all I need to make sure my toddler can't run away from me.

highlandcoo Tue 28-Jan-14 15:51:31

Have applied. Have recently taken up running after avoiding it assiduously for over 30 years. Enjoying it more than I expected to but more motivation wouldn't go amiss!

Standingonlego Tue 28-Jan-14 16:40:17

Have applied for a copy! Read "Running with the Kenyans" recently, will be an interesting comparison.

TwelveLeggedWalk Wed 29-Jan-14 13:08:43

I've got this on my Kindle and occasionally dip back into it for inspiration, it's a great book and one of the best-written personal memoirs about sport I've read in ages - Alexandra is a journalist first and a runner second.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 30-Jan-14 14:10:22

I have applied.

I listened to an interview she did for marathon talk which was great, very funny and touched a cord with me.

I do love a good running book.

Southeastdweller Fri 31-Jan-14 08:22:15

Just got this from the library so marking my place smile.

TippyHaha Sat 01-Feb-14 11:53:11

Oooh, what timing - I've just added this to my Amazon wishlist as I thought it would provide inspiration and tips for my 10km later this year. Have applied.

And good luck to all beginner runners!

CheeseStrawWars Sat 01-Feb-14 12:03:41

I would love a copy of this book. I've been running intermittently for a couple of years but something always seems to happen and I stop and then have to start at the beginning of the Couch to 5K again.

knitknack Sun 02-Feb-14 10:51:30

I've entered. I started couch to 5K on December 28th this year having never been able to run more than 60 secs and proclaiming confidently for years that "I can't run" (and I'm 41!). I'm now up to 33 minutes of running, which blows my mind! Best of all, I'm loving it and how it's making me feel about the rest of my life. I'm a teacher and I feel now that if I can teach all day, come home shattered and STILL get out in the dark and rain and run for half an hour then really, I can do anything!!!

funnyperson Sun 02-Feb-14 17:09:36

I would really like a copy please. Walking makes me puffed atm.

PourquoiPas Sun 02-Feb-14 22:58:53

This looks amazing - I am struggling with my running mojo at the moment so this would really help.

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Feb-14 10:44:46

This giveaway is now closed. We will notify those who have been selected to receive a copy via email. If you receive a free copy, we would love it if you could discuss the book here, and if you were unsuccessful please feel free to buy the book and join in the discussion.


HypodeemicNerdle Fri 07-Feb-14 13:54:53

My copy arrived today! Very much looking forward to reading it. Did some running last year but I am struggling to motivate myself to get the trainers back on and get back out there. Very hopeful this will be the kick up the bum I need

Blatherskite Fri 07-Feb-14 14:44:41

That was fast. Got back from helping out at a marathon this morning to find it through my letterbox smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 07-Feb-14 15:10:19

I got my copy too, thanks very much.

Got back from a less than fantastic run and there it was on the doorstep.

Can't wait to get reading.

GoingToBedfordshire Fri 07-Feb-14 20:30:26

Got mine today whilst my marathon running friend was round. I am a firm non-runner, but she has read it and said what a great read it is regardless.

About to get started right now! Thanks v much for the free copy.

furrymuff Sat 08-Feb-14 15:43:20

Mine came in the post this morning (thank you!) and as both DCs were out and the house was fairly clean I settled down to read a couple of chapters. That was 3 hours ago and I've just read the final page. Absolutely loved it, and am feeling completely inspired (have just shrieked down the hall to DH "am going for a run TODAY!" grin ).

As someone who sporadically works up to running 5km, then gets bored and stops for a year or so, this book has taught me that it's not all about the distance, that I should just get out there and run, and keep on trying. I still have that niggling feeling that maybe I wasn't designed to run, and that only certain people can do it, but I'll never know unless I try. So thanks Hemmo for your words of wisdom - I'm off to put my old trainers on (you never know, the gale force winds might propel me along grin )

Lilybensmum1 Sun 09-Feb-14 11:38:39

Read this book in one day! Not the sort of book I would choose to pick up but I loved it, it's laugh out loud in places, had me in tears in others, I , like the author, started running a few times but gave up as I felt like I was dying this book has given me the motivation to start again she explains so well that running is about your mind too! Can't wait to start will probably dip into this book again to keep me motivated, highly recommend this book the authors writing style is so engaging!

cavylover Sun 09-Feb-14 18:39:58

Despite not being a runner myself I found this book very entertaining offering a real insight into the way a runner prepares for a race from what type of trainers to wear (actually larger than your actual shoe size) to knowing the route you are going to take. It also shows how the relationship with the author's father is strengthened by the advice she is given by him about running from past experiences he has of running himself. Relationships with fellow runners she only met during marathons are mentioned and how they helped her keep going when she felt at a low ebb enabling her to complete marathons. The support of her family is also mentioned in the book. There are some laugh out loud moments in the book too regarding needing to visit the lavatory at the most inappropriate times and just being able to find one before it was too late!

The only thing I would have liked to hear more about was how the author juggled her working and personal life with running but all in all I would recommend this book to runners and non-runners alike!

Bobthatsafunnynameforagirl Mon 10-Feb-14 19:36:48

Received my copy (thank you!) and am astonished at how Hemmo has nearly persuaded me that running is a good thing! Have classified myself as a non-runner for years (it hurts, and my chest is the wrong size; I'm clearly not designed to run; and so on). This book is persuading me that perseverance might reap rewards. Highly recommend the book. Funny, moving and inspiring, it's an easy but addictive read.

ireadnovels Tue 11-Feb-14 08:34:43

I entered to win Running Like A Girl because I have not read a book on this topic before. Good luck to Alexandra Heminsley with your new novel.

RunningGingerFreckleyThing Tue 11-Feb-14 10:40:18

Received the book and started on it straight away. It is very inspiring and made me feel like I could run a marathon. It's an easy read about the authors running journey and progress from non-runner to marathon runner. I liked that the second part of the book was like an FAQ section and found it helpful and reassuring, especially the injury section.
Thanks for the book. Would definitely recommend it.

funnyperson Tue 11-Feb-14 19:28:26

Thank you I have received this book which came as a nice surprise.
First thoughts: I like the cover!
Second thoughts: should I read this or not because if I do I might end up having to run
<hides book>
I will post a review later.

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