|Image from www.jennifergraham.com|
I have a confession, the first thing I did was look at the photo in the back of the book to see how chubby Jennifer really was (Truth: I pulled a catty woman move and I wanted to see if she was bigger than me). What I saw was a pretty woman who looked like she had a nice figure. I was a little miffed as a chubby chick that she didn't look like a "fat" runner. How could this woman write about being "fat"? As I read more about her life, she does/did struggle with her weight and she does know what it is like to be in a much bigger body. In fact she disclosed that she has been in a range of sizes up to size 20. She's been there.
|Jennifer and her Donkeys|
- Gaining two pounds after running a half marathon? Yes!
- She has Pre and George Sheehan. I have Hal Higdon.
- She has real donkeys and my pet name for the kids is the Serbian word for Donkey. (It is sweet term in our house)
- A stranger pulled up and asked if she needed a ride. A stranger stopped and told me they were proud of me while I was out running. (hmmmm....good intentions).
I felt like I could sit down and have a glass of wine and share crazy running stories with her.
It is hard for me to pick out a favorite part of this book. I think what I loved the most was that she gave a voice to the runners that are the mid and back-of-the -packers. I am in this group. It is a common misconception that slower runners and ones that have a bit more girth, lower the bar for the running community. I know from my own blood, sweat, and tears this could not be further from the truth. Jennifer Graham is the same way....she is every bit as determined and bad ass as any front of the pack, "shirtless wonder". The Cinderella moment that made me cheer out loud was when she came in "70th" in her age group...a true middle of the pack moment. One that I hope to achieve one day myself.
The short review....this book is hysterical, inspirational, but as real as it gets. It is a must read for anyone that has never felt like they have fit the mold of a "real" runner.....oh hell...it is a must read for EVERY runner!
Interested in reading it?
Now here is your chance. I am excited to be able to giveaway a copy of Jennifer Graham's book. I will select from the comments randomly next week.
Thank you to Emily Hedges for making me a stop on this virtual book tour.