I find some “running” books intimidating, which is why Running Like A Girl appealed so much to me, Alexandra’s story felt easy to relate to, inspirational and inviting.

Alex was 30 plus and happy to live on the outside of sport, believing that she “couldn’t run” or that she wasn’t built for running. However, like many of us she decided one day to give it a go.

It was disastrous. But again, like many of us, after a while she gave it another go and another and another.

This is where Running Like A Girl is such a good read. It’s light, easy and Alex’s tale of falling in (and out and back in) love with running is lighthearted yet emotion evoking.Or maybe that’s just me, I always start blubbing at the start of a race.

She talks us through buying her first proper pair of runners, her first proper bra and signing up for her first London Marathon. Her transition from nervous newbie to seasoned marathoner is fabulous, especially as you read that it is not all plain sailing. Sometimes running is just as tough mentally as it can be physically.

The book doesn’t give her race times which is also refreshing. This is not a how-to bible with training plans and nutritional advice, but a woman’s story of how she learnt to run and what has worked for her.

I loved this book, loved the ease with which she writes about her races, I felt her pain as she talked about hitting the wall, teared up about her over-enthusiastic mother shouting from the side lines, and appreciated the bond that she found running with another when she wanted to give up.

Amongst the pages of inspiration there is also a lot of practical advice, like how to look good on race day (I always paint my nails too!), packing your race day bag, how to fund raise, buying gear, as well as chatting through some of the runner’s injuries that are encountered, real and fake (no, running will not give you a saggy, bum, face, vagina etc).

There is also a little history section at the back which you must read, and read to your daughters as well. Stories of runners before us that were banned from races, tackled mid race by officials so they couldn’t run… Incredibly this was in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Most of all, reading Running Like A Girl will make you lace up your trainers, get out there and celebrate running like a girl.


Published by Hutchinson Books

Alexandra Heminsley can be found on twitter @Hemmo



Emily the legend

Emily runs like a girl, because she is one. She blogs over at Mrs Sabbatical.

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  1. Sounds like the perfect summer read to keep me motivated! I'll download it today.

  2. Zoey Dowling

    Sounds awesome! I tried to buy this book at my bookshop recently, but they couldn't find the copy the computer said they had in stock. Will keep looking :)

  3. Zoey Dowling

    I bought the book from i-Tunes last year for some inspiration as running is my bug bear! Loved it! Great review :)

  4. Zoey Dowling

    Im in need of something to read and haven't started reading any running books yet. This sounds like a perfect one to start with :) thanks gor sharing your review

  5. Great review! I loved the book also for the same reasons as you. She could be anyone of us.

  6. Zoey Dowling

    I love this review! I'm now hunting for this book! Thanks Emily!

  7. Zoey Dowling

    Great review! I am definitely keen to get my hands on it. The last running book I read was Marathon Woman by Kathrine Schwitzer, the woman who was tackled in the Boston Marathon. It was a really interesting read and made me very grateful for our pioneering women runners.

  8. Zoey Dowling

    thanks everyone, its such a great book the review was easy. I listened to a podcast with Katherine Schwitzer, amazing! How did that stuff happen?!