She Was Once a Runner

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
“She Was Once a Runner” gives an honest account of a female long distance runner on a Division I college scholarship and the resultant pressure cooker in which she lives. The memoir explores the physical and psychological effects of the Female Athlete Triad on a nineteen year old girl struggling to find her identity amidst a toxic team environment and discouraging parents. More
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Rachael Steil reviewed on Nov. 2, 2012
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I thought this was well-written and a fascinating account of a D1 college cross country team dealing with eating disorders. This was eye-opening and an important, good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Andrew Wozniak reviewed on Aug. 14, 2012

Excellent book. I could relate with the author, her struggles with injuries and struggling with psychological issues. Very well written, very shocking and somehow refreshing to hear that I'm not the only one who struggled with the psychological abuse from coaches and family and even eating disorders. Spend the 2.99 too buy this incredible book! Hope to see more in the future from this author!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Michael reviewed on July 27, 2012

This is a most enjoyable account of the life of a college athlete. The anonymity of the author is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it creates mystery and intrigue, I just wish I could look this person up! On the other we have no way of knowing to what extent the book is factual. No matter though, it's very well-written and I certainly sympathised with the narrator. The themes are running (duh!), eating disorders, vanity and jealousy. Really worth the $2.99, all the more so if any of those are relevant to you. Buy it!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
ajelton reviewed on May 11, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent job giving an honest account of being a female D1 runner and the pressures that go along with that. I found the parts with her parents to be some of the most interesting pieces. There is not a lot of other work out there that talks about being a competitive college female runner and how that impacts body image, eating habits, etc. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
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