Today’s post is going to be a bit different than usual. I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts on the book Running Like a Girl: Notes On Learning To Run by Alexandra Heminsley and joining in the Running Book Club this month with Wendy!
I’m a sucker for a good running book, and when I saw this listed in the monthly link-up I was intrigued. However, I can be picky about running books and want to be able to feel like I relate to in some way to the characters. From the moment I turned the first page I knew this would be a good one.
Heminsley tells her story of becoming a runner throughout the first half of the book. It begins as she is recovering from a break-up, and spends her time feeling envious of her roommate who is able to go out on runs, seemingly effortlessly. She takes us through her first attempts at running, all the way to her goal marathon.
Throughout the book Heminsley shares her fears and doubts about becoming a runner. I think that no matter how long we have been running, we can all relate to the feelings of self-doubt, self-consciousness, and frustration, especially in the beginning. She was brutally honest, and said the things we have all thought from time to time. At the same time, she was funny and inspiring.
I enjoyed reading about how she overcame obstacles along the way, such as injuries, figuring out fueling, and finding the perfect sports bra. She also turned to her dad for support and guidance, although at first she was hesitant to do so. I think that sometimes it can be difficult to admit that we need help and don’t know it all when it comes to running. There are plenty of lessons learned along the way in this book, many of which I believe we have all encountered.
Running Like A Girl was a light, quick, easy read- the perfect summer book for reading by the pool or on the beach. I was able to fly through the chapters and I felt like I got to know Heminsley as a person. While I preferred the first section of the book which tells her story, the second section is dedicated to explaining the answers to common running questions. This would be a helpful resource for a new runner. Not only would the story provide encouragement and hope, it is also full of tips and suggestions for those starting their own running journey.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who runs or is thinking about starting to run! (And despite the title, I think that guys would get alot out of this book too! Just ignore all the sports bra talk!😃)
Does this sound like a book you would enjoy?
Do your remember what it was like when you first started running?