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Running for My Life

How I Built a Better Me, One Step at a Time
Narrated by: Kat Rose Martin
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Summary

For listeners who enjoyed Alexandra Heminsley's Running Like a Girl and Bryony Gordon's Mad Girl, Running for My Life is a funny, heartfelt and inspirational story of one woman's marathon journey through mental illness.  

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.

©2018 Rachel Cullen (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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a lovely heart warming story

loved the positive take on a life managing mental ill health and feel very motivated to see if running could help to improve my mental health.

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A truly inspirational, touching and real story

Made me laugh, cry and inspired me to battle my own demons. Going for a run now.

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Not as much running as I’d like

It’s definitely not as good as some of the running stories I’ve read, such as Running like a girl. It talks through the authors while life from a young age and I found those chapters uninteresting. I stick with it and the second half is definitely better with more running stories but it’s not one I’ll read again.

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Brilliant !


Loved the narrator, read with great expression and humour. Very honest and funny. Highly recommended.

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  • MO
  • 09-06-19

An Inspirational book

I loved this book. It resonated in so many ways and has helped me a little further along my running journey.

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Really loved this one

A lovely story that really touched a nerve. Really nicely written. Has inspired me to dig out my trainers.

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Narcissistic and not about running at all

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.

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Loved the unfolding findings of Rachel Cullen

Loved it, right to the finish. Resonates with so much in life. Loved Rachel's honesty, tribulations and how it unfolds the meaning of running, truly touching and motivating.

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Motivating Book for Wanabe Runners

Great audiobook. Many listeners will resonate with various parts of the story.
Funny, witty and inspirational. This has kick started my running.
Rachel makes us believe anything is possible- and there are some hidden gems / tips for us not so experienced runners.
Highly recommended

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Down-to-earth and honest

I found this easy to listen to and thoroughly enjoyed the Yorkshire accent of the narrator. The retelling of Rachel's life story is something that is easy to relate to for many of us. Life throws challenges at us constantly - body image, relationships, family, mental health issues, time pressures to name a few. Rachel speaks very candidly about the role running has played in her life - the highs and the lows, during these challenging times. I enjoyed listening to this on my commute and it sparked a range of emotional reactions. Thanks for being my car buddy for the last week.

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  • Theresa
  • 31-03-19

You should give this a hard pass

I can’t believe I made it to the end. I feel like I just completed a marathon! The story has lots of promise, but unfortunately the writing is sloppy, repetitive, and lazy. The narrator is someone I wish I liked, but can’t. She’s just kind of a “dick” (her word). The performance was stoically well read, but Ms. Martin’s accent was difficult to understand at times (for me, at least.)

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  • Trinikami
  • 27-03-19

Wonderful Motivation for a Runner

Such a wonderful book. I'm a knew runner at the end I'm super happy to have been able to listen to her story. It's amazing what running can do for a person.

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  • Katie pinnt
  • 21-02-19

Honest and inspiring

This book it not just about running. It also helps to reminds us that life is hard, and sometimes we just need to know it's going to be ok, I can get through this.
I loved the way it is written with the humor, honesty, and love. The author is very open with her struggles and it makes this book relatable to many people who read it.
I truly enjoyed listening to the book! If you need a reminder that you are not alone, pick this book.