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Run Fat Bitch Run

Narrated by: Ruth Field
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? Unwatched workout DVDs gathering dust on your shelves? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet?

Then it's time you faced the truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground running. Straight-talking, funny, and brutally honest, Run Fat Bitch Run will give you - yes, you - the push you need to get out of the door, pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time.

Hate running? No worries. Run Fat Bitch Run will give you all the tools you need to transform that passion into real motivation. Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy. Follow a fuss-free and completely foolproof beginners' programme. Throw away the scales, stock up on pasta and enjoy carbs without guilt. If you want to lose weight, get fit and become an ass-kicking, gets-things-done superwoman, there's only one thing left to do...RUN!

©2012 Ruth Fields (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Refreshingly free of new-age jargon and psychoanalysis. It's about determination and the pursuit of the 'happy effect." (Herald Sun (Australia)
"If you're stuck in an exercise rut, this book will give you a rather rude kick up the backside . . . it certainly shamed us into lacing up our Nikes!" (Closer)
"Amusingly vicious . . . Excellent advice all round." (Emma Thompson)
"Ruth is an inspiring running-buddy . . . By the time I unpack my summer wardrobe, I'm sure my inner Grit Doctor will be my best friend." (Flic Everett Daily Express)
"A witty, no-nonsense read, it had us dusting off our trainers within seconds. Trust us when we say you'll be up and running in no time at all." (Grazia)

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I said you'd never see me run.

I said you'd never see me run. Any other form of exercise was worth trying. Why anyone thought the answer to fitness or life's problems came through pounding sweatily along in public places was beyond me.
I have no idea what made me listen to the sample of RFBR, but it made me laugh out loud and before I knew it I'd bought it and was following the instructions.
Sensible, down to earth, heartfelt advice that bears listening to over and over again. I play a snatch of it as I do my warm up walk and something about Ruth's voice puts me on the right path.
Worth every penny and more.

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All show but no substance

I am a runner and I have lost a significant amount of weight through running, so this book should have been very much like preaching to the converted. However, from the very start it became apparent that “Run Fat Bitch Run” is all show but no substance. Just like the title already suggest, the language is used to get your heckles up, which in return is supposed to motivate you: Negative affirmations? Thinspiration? Running in the dark? Ignoring pain? Don’t bother with stretching – you probably don’t know how to do it and you’ll look like an idiot. As other people have mentioned before, Ruth Field jumps back-and-forth and repeats herself. She is also contradicting herself: you don’t need to diet, but you must not eat sweets or pastries . Anyone who still advises “no pain no gain” or recommends buying a juicer is seriously outdated. The only part that appeared in any way genuine was about her struggles to get back into running after pregnancy and birth and post-natal depression. If this gets you motivated, all the better. But once you start running, pick up a properly researched running book for solid technique, plans and advice. Unlike the books suggests, running is not for everyone and there is no one fits all solution.

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motivating

As someone who detested cross country at school I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to motivate myself to start running for weight loss. This book did the trick. It's funny and practical and actually great to listen to while you're out there pounding the pavement. My advice would be to start in spring so you're fully committed by the time the days get shorter.

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  • J
  • 07-04-13

Inspirational enthusiasm

I have over my adult life tried to find the inspiration and enthusiasm to run. I know that if I do run regularly I lose weight, tone up and like how I look and feel. To often the call of the sofa and the wine glass got the better of me. This book is like having your honest friend speaking to you and encouraging you on with out having any of the complications of friendship get in the way. Ruth Field says that you must have a sense of humour about the book and she is right, it is a no-nonsense, easy and inspirational way of getting back your enthusiasm for moving.

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educational and refreshing

a straight up and humble guide to getting up and moving forward. an enjoyable read.

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Run fat bitch run

Loved this, it came at the right time and it's really funny to. If you are thinking of taking up running then this should be your first book!

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  • LA
  • 16-07-19

Alright for some

Fairly basic and a bit repetitive but worth listening to for some. some advice is only relevant if your situation matches hers ie youve just had twins, you have support to watch kids any time of week, work from home etc

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Great motivation.

Will definitely be using the plan suggested to build up to a 10k. Thanks, great motivation tips

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worrying advice

I dont think 'thinspiration' or negative affirmations are helpful to weight loss or good for your health in the long run.

I would say that if you have poor mental health, negative ruminations, an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, that this book is not right for you!

I would not recommend this book. There is better advice out there! and yes, fat girls run too!
Also if you are new to running or returning after a long break and need a running program USE COUCH TO 5K!
Couch to 5k definatly provides a better program and a support system online if thats your thing.

I bought this book because I love running and I love hearing other peoples stories, struggles and successes because it reminds me how we all have similar experiences, think the same things generally and that you are not the only one who thinks running is tough pretty much every time! and I certainly want to listen to it if its going to be funny!! I didn't realise it was a book about losing weight - I thought it was mostly about running.

One thing I would like to point out - Ruth admits that she is not and has not been fat. So perhaps to her losing a couple of pounds for a party is not a huge deal. When you are biologically built to not put on weight the same way as other women, I worry about the advice you can give about losing weight.

If you are reading this review and you don't run or have fallen out with running - DO go running it will change your life and it will make you happier. Being happier is the answer not being thinner. Being thinner will not necessarily make you happier! I have done all these things. I am a runner, I may be heavier than I thought I wanted to be, but I am stronger and I am happier than ever right now because of running.

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Love this book

Got me out again when getting out again was the hardest part. Exactly what I needed 😍

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  • Michelle
  • 23-09-13

No BS here

If you could sum up Run Fat Bitch Run in three words, what would they be?

Ruth's forthright, humorous and refreshing approach to getting off your ass and doing something about your self dissatisfaction.
Her straight forward, dry humour. For example, when discussing the benefits of increasing your water intake, her statement of "Don't like water? Oh, so your fat and spoilt". Made me laugh loud!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Run Fat Bitch Run?

I used to run and loved it but stopped due to injuries. I will be starting again because of this book.

Which character – as performed by Ruth Field – was your favorite?

The title certainly gives you a clear insight of what you get. Ruth tells it how it is, no mollycoddling here. She pushes all the bullshit diets and exercise programs aside and encourages you to get up, get out of the house and get running.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not a thing.

Any additional comments?

Such a refreshing book, thank you Ruth.

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  • Rachel
  • 18-10-12

more interesting than I thought

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've been researching ways to improve my running habits and decided to give this a go, because, well, information is good. While some of the assumptions didn't really fit my lifestyle, since I already run, it turned out to be a really good listen, and unexpectedly humorous in parts. The recipes in part two sound tasty, and I'll be giving them a go.
The style might be an acquired taste for some people, but I liked it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. It's a short book, and I'll probably listen several times, since it'll be good for motivation. of interesting as well.