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 weightshe 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 runnerthose 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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About 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.
Table of Contents
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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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!