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Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner

Narrated by: Kerre Woodham, Gaz Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When celebrated radio personality and columnist Kerre Woodham found herself 40, overweight, and depressed she faced two choices - do nothing and probably not make it to 50 or do something and get her life back. Fortunately for all of us, and especially those women who like to eat and dress well, she decided to fight back. Leaving kilos of herself and two bra sizes behind 'somewhere in the Waitakeres', she embarked on a fitness and training regime, with a goal to complete the Auckland marathon.

To the laugh out loud delight and support of her listeners, she battled her way to fitness and achieved her goal - then decided that she didn't want to stop. With the 2008 New York marathon in her sights, Short Fat Chick documents her life changing decision to get fit and stay fit, eat what she wants and still wear a size 12 dress. With insightful comments and fitness and training tips from her personal trainer, Gaz Brown, Kerre tells it like it is and takes the listener on a journey of self-discovery and self-discipline we can all admire and emulate.

©2008 Kerre Woodham and Gareth Brown (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Easy listen, quite amising

Kerre is a gifted narrator and tells her story with humour and appropriate self-deprecation. This was a nice listen and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, had lots of laughs and valuable information. would definitely recommend this book.

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A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Kerre & Gaz are very inspiring. loved how they narrated as it made it so much more personal and as if I was in the same room with them.

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  • Liz
  • 21-03-2017

Great for + 40 women - very entertaining

What did you like most about Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner?

Relatable and funny story of an overweight 40+ woman who thought she should run for charity

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I'm now training for my first marathon

Would you listen to Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner again? Why?

Yes, definitely. Kerre is a good storyteller and I found her memoir of getting ready to run her first (and subsequent) marathons funny, relatable and inspiring. It got me off my tush to chase the same goal for myself.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the descriptions of race day in New York.

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

No. I tend to listen to audiobooks during my commute or exercising, so I listen in batches.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a challenge, and to improve your fitness, I'd recommend this book.

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Loved it

Even if you don't want to run a marathon, it's still inspiration and just plain funny. A real book with a real sense of humour and humility.

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  • Michelle
  • 14-11-2013

Inspiring, funny and informative

If you could sum up Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, funny and informative

What did you like best about this story?

That she was just an ordinary person going about her life

What about Kerre Woodham and Gaz Brown ’s performance did you like?

I like that the narration was done by them, I think that makes audible books more listenable.

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

Many

Any additional comments?

Off to run my own marathon now.

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  • Renee Peeples
  • 11-04-2017

Very Inspiring

If you could sum up Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner in three words, what would they be?

This was an entertaining listen as well as motivational. I really feel like I can train to run a marathon. After all if Kerre can do it, so can I.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a real story.

Have you listened to any of Kerre Woodham and Gaz Brown ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes, I would've liked to have read it in one sitting. But I couldn't, I had to break it up.

Any additional comments?

At the end of the book, Gaz outlines a running schedule. I would like to know where a printed copy of just the running schedule can be found.

Thanks!

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  • Ariana
  • 27-09-2016

Very Cute

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It definitely make me laugh. It was a cute book and i very much enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Leslie
  • 15-02-2016

A fun, entertaining read.

What does Kerre Woodham and Gaz Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book was quite entertaining and Kerre's unique sense of humor made me laugh outloud numerous times. The way she says things in her delivery is something the reader would miss. I really liked that Gaz gave his perspective as well. I listened while I ran which gave me something interesting to listen to and some motivation at the same time.

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This book was very entertaining and I enjoyed it. I loved Kerre's sense of humor but at times feel like the book sort of got lost and wasn't moving forward. There is much more that goes in to running a marathon and in some ways she seemed to think it was no big deal. Perhaps modesty prevented her from really celebrating it, but I found myself celebrating more than she did. I would liked to have had Kerre talk a little bit more about what it meant to her personally to have completed a Marathon. I enjoyed her sense of humor and how she was willing to look at herself but at times found her to be a little too self-deprecating, almost as if running an entire marathon was no big deal at all. It is a big deal to move from coach potato to marathon runner in such a short time and I'd like to have heard a little bit more narration during her first training runs and her first marathon itself. I think Gaz's input was about right, I really enjoyed hearing her story from his perspective. I do recommend this book to anyone who is interested in making a change in their life, it's fun and entertaining while at the same time you realize that our mind can sometimes be our biggest obstacle.