This Girl Ran – by Helen Croydon
Review by Simon Linklater – Published on the 23rd October 2019
I bloody love books like this.
A tale of an individual discovering running, or in Helen’s case, Triathlon. Finding a new zest for life, meeting new people and achieving feats of endurance she never knew existed during her party girl days.
I found it inspiring how Helen pushes herself in training. It’s one thing turning up and taking part, but it’s another doing the extra work needed to keep improving. Even to get a sniff of representing Team GB is a massive achievement. Not even the word “Amazeballs” does her achievements justice.
I love the part when on her first trip to the French training camp, Helen was still working on her new technique an hour after everyone had stopped. Granted she paid the price the moment she stepped out of the pool, but the long term rewards for that determination were worth it in the end. I assume?
— Helen Croydon (@helen_croydon) October 13, 2019
Starting her fitness journey in her mid 30s, Helen shows what is achievable if you are willing to push yourself. Has she inspired me to do a triathlon? Hell no.
Imagining the 5km sea swim from Spetses left me scared. The thought of feeling stranded out at sea, battling the current, heading in the wrong direction, it’s frightening. I can’t get the image out of my mind, of swimming in the sea, turning my head to one side to breathe and watching a turd float by. Please tell me that doesn’t happen?
Then there’s the thought of freezing my nads off whilst trying to fix a puncture on the side of the road as heavy rain or hailstones batter my exposed skin. It just fills me with dread.
I’ll stick to running thank you very much.
I found myself able to relate to the author in a number of ways. Not the parties, don’t be silly. But the fact she was careful with her diet and refuelling due to a skin condition. Yep, I know how that feels.
The relationship breakdown that led to her discovering fitness as a hobby. All too familiar.
Even the feeling of not having anyone to share her experience with in Chicago. That was something I found that was missing on one or two of my much less ambitious race weekends. Poor me.
I highly recommend this book. It’s one of those that had me eagerly awaiting bedtime to get stuck into several chapters. On more than one occasion I was in bed early to read, rather than catch up on the latest Box Set.
Pick up your copy today. Enjoy.
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