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Running Like a Girl

Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
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The ultimate running guide for women brought to life in audio by author Alexandra Heminsley.

Alexandra 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.

Alexandra Heminsley is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and a dedicated runner.

©2013 Alexandra Heminsley (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"If you've ever wept 'Why do I want to run?', your answer is here." (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)

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Fun read

Loves listening to this book - whilst running! Easy to listen to, made me laugh, made me cry, kept my legs going one in front of the other. Will I run a marathon? Who knows, but Alexandra gives you plenty of reasons to really think about it.

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Loved it!

Really enjoyed this book! It inspired me and was a good fun listen as well.

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Entertaining and a great resource for any runner

Thoroughly engaging and fun to listen to. Alexandra shares her story in a lighthearted and entertaining, sometimes emotional manner. I found myself, smiling, laughing, cheering and at times a with a tear in my eye. It's a wonderful book for anyone who loves to run, or wants to!

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A perfect running book

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be inspired. This was a perfect book to inspire me to run more. A very entertaining read.

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Really funny read that gets you thinking about your own running in a new way.

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Great running book!

The author and narrator are very enjoyable to listen to. She has a ver dry wit that I quite enjoyed, she is very funny at times. A must read if you want to learn how to run and what it entails.

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  • Liz
  • 10-04-2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

What did you like most about Running Like a Girl?

I am attempting to go from someone who doesnt run to someone who does and it was great listening to this whilst on my morning runs. Reassuring to know I am not alone in my struggles with finding suitable running gear and self doubt.

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  • Lou
  • 03-04-2017

Brilliant! Very inspiring and very funny...

I didn't want the book to end! Extremely motivating and hilarious... I'd love to run with Alexandra 💗

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Like running with a friend

I listened to this book whilst working through the 0 to 5 k app and I really enjoyed it. It was inspiring and kept me motivated - how could I stop when she was running marathons and talking about the early women runners that weren't allowed to compete.
Great book and sad it has ended...now what am I going to listen to?!

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Great for my long training runs

A great fun book to listen to and help pass the time on my long runs - recommended

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  • Barbara
  • 12-11-2018

Refreshingly Funny and Oh So True!

Such a refreshingly funny read for any woman who has ever taken up running, or plans to do so. Alexandra Hemingsley's light hearted, yet honest and clever narrative make this a delight to listen to, while dealing with the very real dilemma's of women's running. I have already shared this audio book with my women's running circle! #FeelGood #Funny #Women'sRunning #RealWomen #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Dee Reyes
  • 13-01-2015

Best running book ever!

Love this book, I've listened to it so many times....the best running book ever!
I keep coming back to it because it is so real and vulnerable.

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  • Michelle
  • 14-11-2013

Laughed, cried, gasped....Marathon story!

Would you listen to Running Like a Girl again? Why?

Yes and started already. I love books that are read by the author themselves and Alexandra Heminsley is so expressively humorous it is a delight to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Like a Girl?

When she was crossing the finish line at the New York Marathon. I cried with joy for her!
and running past the blind war veteran. Oh and her nickname, Hemmo!

What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

Her British accent and humour is gorgeous.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, yes, yes.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in running in general this is an autobiography that will warm your heart and motivate your soul. Download it now

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  • Kerri
  • 10-07-2013

A Light and Funny Summertime Read

What made the experience of listening to Running Like a Girl the most enjoyable?

The humorous stories and the heartfelt events really make this a book that appeals to women who run.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the dry wit in her voice and the funny and interesting ideas that she brings to the sport of womens recreational running.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2013

It's not just for girls or runners

Goodness knows why I chose this book, but I'm glad I did. I don't run. Have only vaguely thought about trying.I am a girl and (I suspect) am somewhat more 'curvy' than Alexandra. But that didn't matter, because this was a book to be involved in someone else's story, but who could provide incentive to give running a go.

Alexandra's reading is witty and charming. I so understand the issue about boobs bouncing too much. And I loved her description of her first run. Putting on trainers and walking out the door only to realise you don't know what to do then. She describes so well the feelings of embarrassment, the trepidation of taking that first step and the pain (and pleasures) that running can bring.

She also explains the the reasons for using all the kit that sports shops try to sell you. I knew that the footwear and bra would be important, but didn't think about socks or shirt. She also provides advice about running, especially long-distance/marathon running.

This book is a great read whether you are a runner, a wannabe runner or a stay-at-home non-runner. Her story is engaging and light-hearted, told with humour and honesty.

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  • N. CLOONEY
  • 25-11-2015

Listened to it twice, I enjoyed it so.

I listened to this first of all when I was just starting my running journey. And recently listened again as I have become more experienced. I loved it both times!
The first time was March 2015 and it really inspired me to get out there and start.
Most recently I have joined a running club and ran in various events including a half marathon and have listened again November 2015 and found it just as interesting, entertaining and inspiring! Lots of great tips, extremely well written and read.
Would recommend.

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  • Donna
  • 27-04-2015

Loved it

Read this book 2 years ago. Downloaded the audio for my first marathon two weeks ago. Listened to it all the way round. Loved having Hemo with me!
It was even better on audio than on paper. A true & honest account of what it is like to start running & to become a runner. Loved it, love her & fab voice.
Thankyou

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  • Oxleygirlie
  • 13-07-2015

Excellent!!

What did you like most about Running Like a Girl?

I found this book so inspiring. Read beautifully by the author herself which made it even more interesting as I was able to personally identify with her and the trials and tribulations she went through while running! I found the section on bras and fitness clothing shopping hilarious. I haven't been able to run as I want to for the past 3 years and this book has given me the confidence that I can and will start again. Many thanks

What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

Excellent - see above

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The parts I found most moving were following the developing relationship with her dad and the realisation that he had done all this before!

Any additional comments?

Excellent! I've already recommended the book to many of my close running friends

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  • J
  • 16-06-2015

GREAT READ FOR ANYONE

I was already a 'beginner' runner when I listened to this book but I would of enjoyed it even if I had no interest in running. However being as I am (or was) rather on the curvy side and am still quite large busted I could fully identify with the authors trials and advice. I haven't run a marathon and not sure that I want to but the inspiration and advice in this book applies to all levels and is presented in a direct and amusing way that keeps you going back for more.
Ruth

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  • Samantha
  • 17-02-2015

A must for first time runners…women only!

What made the experience of listening to Running Like a Girl the most enjoyable?

As a first time runner in my 30s, I could relate to many aspects of the book. It made me laugh, cry and gave me the incredible realisation that I might be a runner.

I listened to this during my first few runs; it got me to my first 5K.

What other book might you compare Running Like a Girl to, and why?

Nothing to compare it too yet...

What about Alexandra Heminsley’s performance did you like?

She was down to earth and easy to listen to - it was like running with a friend.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

don't know

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  • Anthea
  • 13-09-2013

Inspiration for female runners

Would you consider the audio edition of Running Like a Girl to be better than the print version?

Fabulous for any female training for a marathon - funny, encouraging and great to listen to when running -the honesty of running. Love it!

What does Alexandra Heminsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

honesty

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  • Rebecca Clay
  • 11-07-2013

Well worth a listen!

If you could sum up Running Like a Girl in three words, what would they be?

Truthful, funny, entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Umm - it's autobiographical. There really is only one character.

What does Alexandra Heminsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There is a nice natural way to the reading, and it feels like a friend chatting to you and telling you tales of her life out running.

Any additional comments?

I dithered about buying this book for a while - I've been dissapointed by how seriously some books on running take themselves. I needn't have worried, Its a really good book. I'm a runner myself and probably of a similar age and standard to the author - having just completed my first marathon at the time of listening - I really did identify with the stories told in a way I don't think I ever have in a book before. Not all of her stories and experiences have been the same, but enough were to make me realise how terribly normal I am! Especially the small 'Oh whats the point?' meltdown (which I was in the middle of when I bought the book for motivation!)

The fact that the book is read by the author makes it so much better to listen to in my opinion too - makes it more real.

Now - how do I sign up for the San Francisco marathon?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-2019

placement advertising

gave up after a couple of chapters, how many businesses can you name in one short section?

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  • BountifulBasket
  • 01-03-2019

Put trainers in and run. That's it.

It would have made a decent magazine article but a whole book was self indulgent.

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