I am proud to be a girl.

If you are a guy reading this blog then I apologize in advance for this GIRL POWER post.

I am not your typical girly girl. Yes I like girly things but running a marathon in hot pink was NEVER my cup of tea, till Saucony came out with Vizipro Pink and I fell madly in love.

You can imagine being a girl who never really cared for the color pink that I would probably be the last female runner to pick up a book with a HOT pink and orange cover with the title Run Like A Girl.

When I first became a runner, I wanted to run like the boys, I wanted to be fast. Now I want to be fast, I want to beat boys while running like a girl. I want them to think at the starting line – who is that chick all decked out in pink? HA – I’ll show her. I want to pass that boy in the first mile and leave him in my dust for the next 25.2.

I want to be faster than boys because well boys are usually faster than girls…..

I want to show everyone that you can wear PINK and you can RUN LIKE A GIRL.

I digress….

When I was asked to review the book Run Like A Girl, I figured why not. I love books, I love running – okay I’ll read it.

I am glad I did.

Run Like A Girl, How Strong Women Make Happy Lives – made me happy.

The book is part history, part inspirational, part get your buns off the couch and start running as in today. This book is a must read if you are a seasoned runner, some who loves running or simply someone who wants to start running.

My trusty highlighter almost ran out of ink on this one.

There are so many great little nuggets in this book that I find it hard to pick out my favorites. I’ll leave you with a couple I enjoyed and sincerely hope you pick up this book and add it to your library. We all need a little motivation every now and then to RUN LIKE A GIRL.

Too many of us spend a good portion of our lives thinking we have control over things we don’t have control over….

We forget that happiness and suffering are states of mind….

If I can do a marathon, I can do anything.” Katherine Switzer says [Mile Posts fully agrees]

There is something profoundly liberating about this quintessential running achievement. It’s as if in accomplishing it, we not only surpass a performance threshold that now redefines us as an athlete, but we also have exceeded our own threshold of personal limitation. A marathon, and most other benchmark athletic accomplishments, become watershed moments for many of us, perhaps because our bodies take us to a place our minds thought they couldn’t go.

What running like a girl means to me:

Running uninhibited, enjoying it as much as my children do, running for the pure joy of it and not just to achieve a certain time on the clock. Running like a girl means being proud of who I am and where I am going. Running like a girl means taking more life lessons from my daughter and stopping to smell the flowers – dandelions and all.

What does running like a girl mean to you?

*I was given a copy of this book. The opinions and thoughts are my own and as always I was not paid to write this review.


  1. 2chickschallenge says:

    I just saw this book last night on Amazon.com. I was wondering if it was worth the read. I guess I'll have to check it out

  2. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    oh i cannot wait to read this book! i adore any book about running and know this will get me excited. Running for me is pride in myself.

    seriously your abs are amazing. I need to learn from you!

  3. Karen the "Hungry Mom" says:

    sounds like a good one! I LOVE that picture of us running! and in the pink… totally looks like girl power!

  4. RunLikeAGirl says:

    I was never a "pink" girl either, but I get a little happy jolt everytime I look down at my black nike frees and spot the hot pink laces :-)

    Glad the book hit the spot.

  5. Reading your blog empowers me to do and to become all the things I desire. Knowing God's plans for me are good and having an "I Can and I will" attitude makes possibilities endless. Thank you for sharing great insights!

    A bit off topic but needed to be said. :)

  6. Gracie (Complicated Day) says:

    I'm anti-pink, too! I mean, I wear it, but only if it was on sale. I grew up in a house full of boys, and I think it made me a tom-boy.

  7. I bought this book, read maybe a dozen pages, but didn't find myself enjoying the writing. Maybe I'll give it another shot!

  8. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Steena – I'll admit it took me a little to get into it as well. It's not a page turner in the beginning but I promise if you read on I think you will really like it!

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