I know that not everyone who reads this blog runs, or even wants to…if, however you have a little bit of an urge, or have dabbled a bit then I have the book that is perfect for you:
I devoured this, thoroughly enjoying every minute. Basically it is Alexandra’s own experiences with running. It starts right from the very beginning when she forces herself out of the door, disguised so-not-to-be-noticed, in her baggy clothes for the very first and very painful first attempt. It goes from there right through to her experiences of running 5 marathons.
What I really liked is that she is not a professional and shares every little bit of advice that she can and that includes all the terrible mistakes that she made along the way. My favourite bits include her first visit to a specialist shop to buy a pair of shoes where she is made to feel like an alien; the way her Dad was an experienced runner but it took her ages to listen to any advice that he tried to give her; and the end bit where she shares all of the tips that she spent ages ignoring before deciding that they actually make some sense!
My favourite tips include:
wearing bright nail varnish on your fingers to races (something that I tend to do so it is really nice to have it verbalised!)
nothing is as ever bad as the first time you run (true)
Smother vaseline all over your feet to prevent blisters length of time ignored: 2 years
I really love this one as soon after I had read the book I went to get my new trainers and this tip was passed on to me there too! (In case you are wondering, I have yet to try it yet either!!)
All in all I found this a very motivational book that has helped me in my running journey. I now try to think of myself as strong and capable rather than doubting myself the whole way round. Just this little shift in mental attitude has made a huge amount of difference to me! I am now hungry for another motivational running book. I love reading about real people and not just the bits that are airbrushed before deemed to be fit for human consumption. This book fitted perfectly.