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

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

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by Jennifer Graham
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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“Jennifer Graham may think she’s different from the skinny Shirtless Wonders she sees trotting at a faster pace, but she’s not. She knows that running, like a good book, can help you to live, and she’s every bit as serious, dedicated, and impressive as the folks at the front of the pack. She may, however, be funnier and more fun than most of them.”
—Rachel Toor, author of Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running

“Attention fat people of the world: Jennifer Graham is so wise and funny in Honey, Do You Need a Ride? that you might just find yourself lacing up your sneakers and following her around the track. She is lovable and hilarious as a gazelle trapped in the body of a fat girl.” —Debra Galant, author of Rattled and Fear and Yoga in New Jersey

“Honey, Do You Need a Ride? is a humorous journey shared proudly by its author. Just as Jennifer Graham’s chosen form of recreation keeps her mentally and physically fit, reading Jennifer’s story is equally therapeutic—even motivational—to the reader. Jennifer proves there is a runner in all of us! From her first-person perspective, she shows that running is a sport for life.” —Joann Flaminio, first female president of the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon

“Jennifer Graham is a born writer and runner. She lets the reader into her life, conveying a sense of intimacy as she discusses her divorce, donkeys, and being fat, as well as a keen insight into the head and heart of a runner. Reading her book made me feel as if I was running alongside her for 26.2 miles and laughing the entire way.” —Gail Waesche Kislevitz, author of First Marathons, First Triathlons, and It’s Never Too Late

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891369803
Publisher:
Breakaway Books
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
849,463
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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Honey, Do You Need a Ride?: Confessions of a Fat Runner 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!