Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives

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Da Capo Press, Feb 22, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women—how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life’s many challenges. In this inspiring book, Mina Samuels uses the varied personal stories of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds—as well as her own—to take a broad look at the power that sports have to help us face, and to overcome, obstacles in all arenas of life.

Myriad voices fill the pages of Run Like A Girl: a US-ranked amateur triathlete who’s raising an autistic son; a thirteen-year-old girl who discovers and falls in love with cross-country running; a woman who runs her first marathon at age sixty; an investment banker who quit her job to become a yoga teacher and adopt a daughter on her own; a young mother with scoliosis who cycled her way back to health and became a jewelry designer along the way; and countless other women—including Kathrine Switzer, Rebecca Rusch, and Molly Barker—who have been changed by their experience with sports.

Run Like A Girl makes the important argument that physical strength lends itself to psychological strength, that lessons learned on the field (or track, or slopes) can help us face challenges in other areas—and that for many women, participating in sports translates into leading a happier, more fulfilling life.
 

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Contents

TUNING OUT RADIO KFKD
TRAILBLAZING IS NOT FOR THE WINSOME
WOMEN ARE NOT SMALL MEN
WHERE THE GIRLS ARE ON THEIR OWN
FIRST RUN LIKE A BOY THEN
THE POWER OF FEMININE
FEEL THE WIND BENEATH YOUR SKIRT
IF I CAN RUN A MARATHON
FINDING OUR JUST RIGHT
A IS FOR ATHLETIC
BYE BYE BARBIE
WEWILLVELOCIPEDE
OUR SEDITIOUS STRENGTH
WERE WOMEN NOT WII GAMES
IM DOING JUST FINE THANK YOU
WOMEN PLUS MEN EQUALS TWICE AS MANY FRIENDS

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON EXERCISE
EAT MY DUST MR E
LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD
WYSIWYG
ITS YOUR LIFE DONT MISS IT
GETTING OUR FRICTION ON
BE YOUR OWN ORACLE
WHEN IT RAINS AND POURS
WHEN THE PARTY IS OVER
GETTING OUR DAILY DOSE OF THE INEFFABLE
WE ALL WALK OUR OWN TIGHTROPES
WE ALREADY HAVE OUR STICKY SHOES
ONE GIRLSAHHHHIS ANOTHER GIRLSUGH
SELFCENTERED IS NOT SELFISH
CLEATS ARE A MUST FOR SLIPPERY SLOPES
SPREADING THE LOVE
BALANCE REDUX
LOST IN THE HALL OF MIRRORS
IF YOU JUST LOST A LITTLE WEIGHT
MORE THAN A FEW GOOD MEN
OUR FAITHFUL MUSKETEERS
A FRIEND IN NEED
HE LOVES ME HE LOVES ME NOT
ME MYSELF AND I
ALL TOGETHER NOW
WISER AND MORE MATURE BUT NO LESS FUN
THERES NO AGING OUT
RUN LIKE A MOTHER
STANDING UP THE EIGHTH TIME
WERE NEVER TOO OLD TO BEGIN
NOW IS A GOOD TIME
DO YOU RUN LIKE A GIRL?
RISING TO THE ALMOST DAILY CHALLENGE
THE GOLDILOCKS PRINCIPLE
CHICKING THE BOYS
WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?
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About the author (2011)

A former trial lawyer and human-rights advocate, Mina Samuels is the co-author of the recently published New York Times bestseller The Think Big Manifesto, with Michael Port. She was a regular contributor to Vermont Sports for two years, and her essay “Tomorrow Might Not Be the Same” appeared in the collection How Running Changed My Life. Her first novel, The Queen of Cups, was published in January 2007, and she has also published personal essays in Alimentum and The French Literary Review. Samuels has also ghostwritten numerous books.

When she’s not writing, Samuels can often be found running, cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, climbing, or doing yoga. She competes in sprint, Olympic-length, and half-ironman triathlons, marathons, and shorter-distance road races, and has participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon, a two-day, 100-mile cross-country ski event. She has hiked and backpacked in Chile, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Europe, Canada and the United States. She lives in New York, NY.

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