Skip to main content

A Novel Idea!: Running Like a Girl

Running Like a Girl

Review by Allison W.

 = Read/Re-Read/Repeat

How do you know if someone has run a marathon? Don't worry, they'll tell you. I definitely love to toot my own horn when it comes to my training and finish line crossings and it was fun to dive into Heminsly's book and hear about her own ups and downs.

After declaring that I've signed up for another race, I often get asked why I run. Why do I get up before the sun to log tens of miles, endure blisters, and over pay to sweat alongside strangers for several hours? Sure, the medal is nice and I love a good t-shirt but I had difficulty pinpointing why I love running until I read this remarkably relatable and endlessly entertaining memoir.

I love that Heminsly started from scratch. She's not a professional athlete or a once high school athlete. She has a desk job, a roommate, and and average set of everyday activities. She decided to run simply to prove to herself that she could and signed up for the London Marathon having hardly ever set foot on pavement. Months of training go by and I had to chuckle at many of the similarities in my own training: sweaty wedgies, gross post-run feet, and the feeling thst you'll never measure up to more experienced runners.

To any woman who has ever run a race, wanted to run a race, or failed at running a race: you have to read this book! Heminsly is inspiring, motivating, and the ultimate reminder that none of us really know what we’re doing out there.

  • Length: 224 pages
  • Published by: Scribner, 2014
  • ISBN: 1451697155
  • Category:  Non-Fiction