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Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

running_like_a_girlAlexandra Heminsley had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run.
Her first attempt did not end well.
Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents.
But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs. So, while this is a book about running, it's not just about running.
You could say it's about ambition (yes, getting out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning counts), relationships (including talking to the intimidating staff in the trainer shop), as well as your body (your boobs don't have to wobble when you run). But it's also about realising that you can do more than you ever thought possible.
Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this is a book for anyone who after wine and crisps for supper a few too many times thinks they might ... just might ... like to run like a girl.
This book giveaway is sponsored by Windmill Books 

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Read an extract from the book here.

About the author


Alexandra Heminsley worked in publishing for six years before becoming a freelance journalist, broadcaster, author and ghostwriter. She is contributing editor at Elle magazine and writes for Red, Grazia, and Stylist. 

She continues to write and review for the Independent on Sunday, Times, Sunday Times and Guardian as well as BBC Radio 5Live and BBC 6Music. Last year she was a judge for Costa Novel of the Year Award. She currently lives in Brighton. Follow Alexandra on Twitter @Hemmo




Watch as Alexandra shares her useful running tips on how to get started, do's and don'ts and more.

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Do's and Don'ts


Running and losing weight



Windmill Books has 50 copies of Running Like a Girl up for grabs. To claim yours fill in your details below. We'll post on the thread when all the copies have gone and notify all those who have been allocated books. 

If you get a free copy, we do expect you to come and and tell us what you think. So please post your feedback on our thread or post up a review of the book.

This giveaway closes 10am, Monday 3 February , so apply now.



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