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Honey, Do You Need a Ride?: Confessions of a Fat Runner

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This laugh-out-loud comedic memoir of life as an overweight runner moves along at a five-minute-per-mile pace. Jennifer Graham doesn't run to lose weight?she runs because she loves it. And as much as she runs, her excess poundage never leaves. So she accepts her body type for what it is, and runs for the sheer joy of it. But along the way she must endure not only her self-made exhaustion and lactic acid, but also the bemused stares of neighbors, offers of a car ride from strangers, and disdain from the dominant ...

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Honey, Do You Need a Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner

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Overview

This laugh-out-loud comedic memoir of life as an overweight runner moves along at a five-minute-per-mile pace. Jennifer Graham doesn't run to lose weight—she runs because she loves it. And as much as she runs, her excess poundage never leaves. So she accepts her body type for what it is, and runs for the sheer joy of it. But along the way she must endure not only her self-made exhaustion and lactic acid, but also the bemused stares of neighbors, offers of a car ride from strangers, and disdain from the dominant strain of runner—those long, lean "shirtless wonders."

The story revolves around her decision to run a serious half-marathon race, and her imaginary coaching relationship with the spirit of Steve Prefontaine. The late, great Oregon distance star gives her advice and encouragement, and doesn't like excuses. ("Yeah, I know he's been dead thirty-five years; it's a minor metaphysical challenge.") Moreover, the race is one month after Graham's ex-husband is getting remarried (to a skinny woman), and the emotional rollercoaster heightens the intensity of her running. As she says, "If training for it doesn't help me get over the pain, at least it will keep me preoccupied."

Her irreverent, hilarious, and brutally honest story will appeal to runners and non-runners alike, fat or thin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369803
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 378,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Graham: Jennifer Graham is a veteran journalist living near Boston who writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe Magazine, as well as magazines including Runner's World, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, and Family Circle.

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Table of Contents

Part One

1 The Shadow Yells Walrus 11

2 The Construction of Fort Dimples 21

3 First Steps 30

4 What not to Wear 38

5 A Reliable Source of Joy 43

6 On your Mark 51

7 Kiawah 59

8 Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Catheters 66

9 Our Bodies, Ourselves, our Masseurs 76

10 Roads Scholar 83

11 Please come to Boston 90

12 Speed Goggles 97

13 Everyone has their Daimons 103

Part Two

14 Incriminating Hoofprints 116

15 Blood, Sweat, and Jeers 121

16 Don't Cross me 128

17 Bad Magic Food 139

18 Pre Lives 147

19 The Problem of Pain 156

20 Tired is not an Option 169

21 How Nike Made me a Terrorist 176

22 The Interment of Hope 184

23 Lady Madonna 191

24 Shirtless Wonders 195

25 The Big 7-0 207

26 The Lumpy Space Princess in me 214

27 What I Believe 218

Epilogue: Ewes not Fat 219

Postscript 228

Acknowledgments 229

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Good read

    I wanted to read a book about running so I could get motivated. This book helped me to enjoy running again, even it I occassionally I lose motivation

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    The View from the Back!

    I am also a "non-traditional" shaped runner, and this book is an honest, funny description of what it is like to not look like the magazine photos. But also to love running so much that it just doesn't matter. I really enjoyed reading the story written by another ( dare I say) fat runner!

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