Share Accomplishments, or Share Faults on First Social Meetings?
One of the most revealing quotes comes early on: "When you meet another woman, do you begin by sharing your accomplishments?" Chances are, no. And why not? Why do so many women, meeting for the first time (in social aspects), tend to find a common complaint or self-put down rather than state an accomplishment?
The author shares her own journey of finding that as she re-imagined and redefined herself as a runner, she was able to re-imagine and redefine her professional self. This allowed her to follow her heart's true calling. She gave up her legal profession as a lawyer to become a writer, and to shrug off "the yoke of more than a few fixed beliefs".
Should Be Required Reading for Women of all Ages.
Chapter 5: Fit is the New Thin is devoted to the "old frenemy - body image". What's so scary in this chapter is that healthy women being tested with MRI for body image insecurity actually show "the fear of getting fat" when shown pictures of overweight women. And the many stories of coaches and dance instructors telling females the secret to success is to lose weight. More importantly though, is the realization and clarification that we perceive ourselves as a function of how we think others see us. Similar to a hall of mirrors as the writer so aptly writes. This chapter alone should be required reading for all women, girls, seniors.
Testimonial to Taking Control of Life
Run Like a Girl is a testimonial to how being committed to some form of physical activity that the reader enjoys brings results of so much more than feeling physically fit. This is not a sugar-coated book, and all the normal walls, blocks and negativism women tend to put in their own way are stated as facts: not as something to be avoided - but as something that will happen, and what to do when it does. An uplifting book.