Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives [NOOK Book]

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Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many challenges. In this inspiring book, Mina Samuels uses the varied personal stories of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds—as well as her own—to take a broad look at the power that sports have to help us face, ...
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Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives

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Overview


Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many challenges. In this inspiring book, Mina Samuels uses the varied personal stories of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds—as well as her own—to take a broad look at the power that sports have to help us face, and to overcome, obstacles in all arenas of life.

Myriad voices fill the pages of Run Like A Girl: a US-ranked amateur triathlete who’s raising an autistic son; a thirteen-year-old girl who discovers and falls in love with cross-country running; a woman who runs her first marathon at age sixty; an investment banker who quit her job to become a yoga teacher and adopt a daughter on her own; a young mother with scoliosis who cycled her way back to health and became a jewelry designer along the way; and countless other women—including Kathrine Switzer, Rebecca Rusch, and Molly Barker—who have been changed by their experience with sports.

Run Like A Girl makes the important argument that physical strength lends itself to psychological strength, that lessons learned on the field (or track, or slopes) can help us face challenges in other areas—and that for many women, participating in sports translates into leading a happier, more fulfilling life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580054041
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 316,322
  • File size: 659 KB

Meet the Author


A former trial lawyer and human-rights advocate, Mina Samuels is the co-author of the recently published New York Times bestseller The Think Big Manifesto, with Michael Port. She was a regular contributor to Vermont Sports for two years, and her essay “Tomorrow Might Not Be the Same” appeared in the collection How Running Changed My Life. Her first novel, The Queen of Cups, was published in January 2007, and she has also published personal essays in Alimentum and The French Literary Review. Samuels has also ghostwritten numerous books.

When she’s not writing, Samuels can often be found running, cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, climbing, or doing yoga. She competes in sprint, Olympic-length, and half-ironman triathlons, marathons, and shorter-distance road races, and has participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon, a two-day, 100-mile cross-country ski event. She has hiked and backpacked in Chile, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Europe, Canada and the United States. She lives in New York, NY.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Do You Run Like a Girl? 17

Chapter 2 Discovering Our Magic Shoes 46

Chapter 3 Rising to the (Almost) Daily Challenge 79

Chapter 4 The Goldilocks Principle 112

Chapter 5 Fit Is the New Thin 143

Chapter 6 Chicking the Boys 173

Chapter 7 Will You Be My Friend? 210

Chapter 8 Tossing Our Lace Caps 238

Notes 270

Acknowledgments 277

About the Author 279

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    This book makes me want to get up & GO!

    Mina Samuels does a great job making women feel powerful and strong without all the hokey, cliche, "self-help-isms." I loved reading this book so much. Every page I turned I just wanted to get up and go for a run, go kayaking, go rock climbing...anything and everything! Mina does a great job of showing us that fitness isn't just about calories and looking good. It's about FEELING great, too, and she uses science to show the happy-healthy connection. It's a great read and is totally empowering without sounding like an overbearing, frustrated, scary "feminist." She makes "feminist" feminine, fun, beautiful, and strong.
    Every woman should read this and gain a new perspective on the world and themselves. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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