Has anyone read Alexandra Heminsley's 'Running Like a Girl'?
I've just finished it and wholeheartedly recommend it as present to yourself at Christmas!
Alexandra started running from scratch in her 30s and the book starts with her nearly collapsing after a couple of minutes running round the block (ah, memories!). 6 years later she's run 5 marathons.
There are chapters on shopping for sports bras, running shoes, the embarrasment of wearing tight fitting lycra, needing the loo when running, bad runs, injury etc..
The book is light hearted, warm and funny. The best bit is, every sentence is true and I laughed at myself as much as her.
Most of all though, it's so inspiring. The bit I keep mulling over is when her friends refer to her as being naturally good at running. Her response to that is 'I'm not a natural runner. I choose to run.'
Realising this means gives me hope I can run the Leeds Half in 5 months even though I was rubbish at sport in school and only graduated 2 months ago.
Anyway, to summarise, what a book! I recommend it.
PS) Oh, and I'm not her agent by the way!!!