Its a five star from me, buddy reading with @livinginreview
I started this book with no other thoughts than being ready for an inspirational story about a woman who started running.
And I’m so glad that I went in with no expectations. This was so much more than that.
Mackie explains what it’s like to run, the joy of runners high. She talks about the benefits health wise and backs up everything with data and studies. She talks about mental health, OCD, depression, social anxiety and self esteem, and how they are affected by running.
She cleverly realistically gives advice as to how to start. People get SO put off running because it’s “boring” or “not for me” or “I can’t do cardio” and as a runner (like Mackie defines that, I have run and I like it, I’m no olympic winner), i was mentally clapping along when Mackie was responding to this stigma. You might think those thoughts but my God, if you’ve never actually tried it, and tried it with the right advice, you don’t know a thing. And you could be missing out on a wonderful, brilliant thing in your life.
I absolutely loved Mackie’s take on running, it’s not preachy or angry (I’m just super passionate), she’s very clever, and just a normal, hard working woman with some cracking advice about running, dealing with break ups, and life. I loved that this wasn’t just a step by step guide, but she threw dollops of her personality into it.
If you’ve always thought “ew no” to running, if you’ve never thought about it, or if you already run.. read this. I dare you.
I’ll definitely be reading her fiction!