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  • Running for My Life

  • How I Built a Better Me, One Step at a Time
  • By: Rachel Cullen
  • Narrated by: Kat Rose Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Suffering from depression but desperate for 'normality', Rachel Cullen found herself in failing relationships, the wrong career and a reliance on alcohol and chocolate to get her through each day. Stuck in an endless cycle of mental misery, she put on a pair of old trainers. She'd never been able to think of herself as a 'runner' before, and the first time she forced herself out the door, she knew it would hurt. Everywhere. She just didn't realise how much it would heal her, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely heart warming story

  • By Mandy on 29-12-18

Narcissistic and not about running at all

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

Reviewed: 29-04-19

I bought this book as someone who suffers from mental health problems as I thought it would be useful but it’s a terrible book. No offence to Rachel for her struggles with her own mental health but much of it comes across as the usual struggles teenage girls have with their bodies and is mostly self-centres and self involved. There are many points it is clear she required professional mental health assistance and did not receive it. There are times it is down right insulting to people... describing herself as a weeble when pregnant, saying she’s not one of “those” girls who wanted to get pregnant... where she belittles those of us who run-walk longer distance races because that’s the only way we can do it and much of the book is not actually about running. Equally when she continually goes on about being over weight (she says she’s 5 foot 9 and was 12 stone so a BMI of 25...) and I stopped listening at the bit she belittled her sister’s half marathon time. I would not recommend this book to anyone.