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Jog On

How Running Saved My Life
Narrated by: Bella Mackie
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her 20s in tears. She could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will - she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run.

Over the previous decade, Bella had been so paralysed by her fears that exercise was the very last thing on her mind. So that first run didn’t last very long. But to her surprise, she was back out there the next day. And the day after that. She began to set herself achievable goals - to run 5k in under 30 minutes, to walk to work every day for a week, to attempt 10 push-ups in a row. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years, and she had swapped hiding in her house for fresh air, unknown roads and running tracks.

In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This funny, moving and motivational audiobook will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track - no matter how small and scary those first steps may be.

©2018 Bella Mackie (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Obviously running is good for you...

But this is an inspiring and relatable story. I hate running, but this book helped me to realise I could go for a 'jog' and not put any pressure on it. Doesn't need to be about miles, or goals. I listened to the whole book in one day, and then went for a jog.

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Loved it!!!

I’m a sucker for a book about mental health and running and this did not disappoint.
Honest and insightful (and not too long!!)
Def recommend for the start of the new year for those that want to get out and about!! It’s definitely inspired me!!

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A great start for a new year

Bella is honest, raw and hilarious in this. Truly inspiring and relatable. I started couch to 5k yesterday even though I’ve run 4 half marathons - I had a poor mental health year and took 1 year or so off pounding the pavements. This has inspired me to get out there again.

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Brilliant.

Listened to this in under 24 hours. I was completely absorbed by the experiences Bella shared because not only were they like a mirror of mine, but that she gives insightful facts about mental illnesses which is very comforting. I used to think ‘well this is it, I’ve had it. Goodbye fun life’ and it’s nice to be comforted by the experiences of someone else who has sadly felt exactly the same. I chose this book not because of the ‘trend’ or that I’m struggling particularly badly with my mental health, quite the contrary. I like to check in with my mental health to keep above the plume of fog which is what my anxiety and depression does to me and this book was perfect for that. Highly recommend this to anyone with or without mental health issues.

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Outstanding and very relatable.

Funny, factual and different. There were parts that left me a little emotional and parts that gave me so much hope. Personally, I believe Bella is inspirational and this audiobook is perfect for somebody who isn’t quite feeling themselves. As a dentist and scientist, it’s spot on, too! Looking forward to the next book.

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  • stratford upon avon
  • 16-08-19

More than just a book about running

Like Jaws is said to not be a film about a shark, Jog on is not a book about running, instead it is so much more! This book details Bella Mackie’s mental health difficulties and her discovery of how running can help her feel better - both mentally and physically. A book which is less about motivation to help a novice begin the first steps to regular running and instead more about why running can be very beneficial and necessary to her mental health and could help others in similar circumstances.

To anyone suffering from any form of mental health problems such as anxiety this could be a very important and powerful book to read. This book could help the sufferer understand they are not alone and there is hope. This is also book which should be read by those fortunate to not suffer from adverse and restrictive mental health problems to generate more understanding and empathy.

If the reader is wanting a more motivational book about running I would suggest Alexandra’s Heminsley’s excellent book ‘Running like a girl’ or the books by Vasso Alexander.

I found this book to be an honest and insightful book whichI would recommend to anyone to read regardless of running ability or motivation.

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Thankyou

Pick this book up if you want to hear someone gently offer you a life changing opportunity to run, be that at whatever pace you can cope with and for however long you need to, knowing that each time you run, you’ve run further than you’ve ever run before. Listen to her reminding you life is tough and this isn’t a fix but it’s a brilliant way to manage. She’s strong, resilient, kind-natured, clever and funny. So well narrated and written. I cried so much just relating to what she was saying; happy tears but just reminders that you have to get yourself out there even when you can’t be bothered or you feel too happy to run.. it’s got me through my dissertation by proving mental strength is something you build through resilience, persistence and determination. Thankyou, Bella xxx

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Raw, honest, relatable and practical.

Thank you for being so vulnerable, a fantastic listen. Bella is completely open about her battles with mental health, you really feel connected to her and her story, you feel like it's an old friend. There is no pretence, no bravado, just her raw emotional story. She is completely self aware, and also self deprecating and that's what makes her writing so honest. I Iove the little glimmers of comedy that inject personality. Most of all I love how fearlessly she speaks, you get a sense like this is therapy for her.

A fantastic book to start the new year with, I've just started my couch to 5k, and Bella has really given me the comfort I needed to know what ever effort I put in no matter how small I'm progressing. I feel the benefits already mentally I feel less foggy. I'm sad this is the end of the book, I need more Bella - MORE!


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raw, honest, insightful and unpretentious

this is not a how to manual on running. if anything this gives you a insight into mental health, her struggle with it and how she came to take up running and how this benefitted her. Bella has a voice like chocolate. I listened with intent like she was a friend in my lounge sharing gossip over a bottle of wine. Her story is honest and lathered in unpretentious wit. I was looking for something to get me motivated and this has done it. her chronicles of those early days running remind us that we don't all look like the fitness models in the magazines and on Instagram. this is real and this is achievable.

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Thank you Bella!

This is a beautiful book full on honesty, humour, wisdom and truth. Thank you for making my brain seem normal and for spurring on my new found love of running. Its healthier than my previous coping mechanism (baking copious amounts of cake).

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  • charlotte
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Amazing

If you read any book this year, it has to be this! Honest, charming and hilarious at times.