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Saralexis

N. Ireland
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Dreadful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-20

The language is incredibly repetitive- I can’t begin to guess how many times she “pushed herself beyond what [she] ever thought possible”. The stories equally so- every *single* time she has a decent run it represents a transformation from non-runner to runner. Every single time she has a bad run it represents the end of all hope.

Labouring up the side of another cliche, her legs screaming at her to stop, she finds herself transformed. Again.

She is mean about those she can out-pace, notably her poor sister when running her first half (who is apparently so slow that the author can hardly run that slowly) and a couple of ladies she laps at Parkrun (who she thinks should have invited her to parties when she was at school). She smugly recounts over and over again how surprised one person or other was to hear her marathon PB- other runners at start lines, an old PE teacher... the time is given at least four times in the book.

She tries to present herself as supportive but belittles her PT clients, she paints herself as wide eyed and surprised by all things running but surely as a PT she would have access to basic information about training and injury prevention. Does she really expect us to believe that she had no idea what the overheard runner meant by ‘foam rolling my hammies”? She writes as if she discovered running for the first time in her thirties, but has been running intermittently since 17.

She seems fragile. I hope she is happy. I hope she is kinder to friends and family (and clients) than is apparent from the book. I hope she realises eventually that you can be a runner and a worthwhile person if you are slow or if you are overweight. And that it’s possible to be faster than someone, or thinner than someone, and still admire and respect them.

Sound quality not great, otherwise perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-16

The sound quality was a bit fuzzy with background hum, however the story one of my favourite of Prachett's (which is quite an accolade) and the performance is great.