The Lazy Runner follows Laura Fountain from starting out as a novice runner – unfit, clueless about running, and incredibly lazy – to finishing her first marathon, and beyond. At first unable to run 400 metres without stopping, Laura has now completed six marathons, the most recent in under four hours. Along the way, Laura learns countless lessons about running, most of them the hard way. But most importantly this self-confessed couch potato learns to love running.
I first discovered Laura via her website, Lazy Girl Running. I came to enjoy following her exploits via her blog posts and social media, perhaps because I related to her as someone who had not always been a runner (like me, she skived PE at school and avoided exercise in the years beyond). As her sub-4 marathon time reveals, she has worked hard and improved significantly. Also like me, she only found running as she approached 30 and seeing the success Laura has had really inspires me to keep training and trying new things.
It was therefore inevitable that I would want to read Laura’s book and learn more about her running journey. I downloaded the ebook whilst I was on holiday last summer and quickly devoured it.
We follow Laura as she takes her first tentative steps to becoming a runner, along the way addressing a number of questions those new to running might have. She writes in an honest and engaging style, with a number of humorous anecdotes along the way. New runners often have questions that they are too embarrassed to ask (will it get easier? What if I need the toilet?) but Laura is not afraid of tackling some of these issues and helping to put minds at ease.
For me, it was enjoyable to compare Laura’s running journey with my own and reminisce about my own experiences. Although it didn’t offer anything new to me in terms of advice (but then as a reasonably experienced runner I’m not really the target market for this book), I found myself wishing I had read this when I first started running and would recommend that anyone thinking about taking up running takes a look at this book.
At this time of year when so many people resolve to start (or re-start) running, The Lazy Runner is a great place to begin as Laura’s story shows that anyone currently sitting in front of the tv (or computer) screen CAN become a runner if they really want to and that running a marathon IS possible, even for those who have never run before. As well as tracing that story, there are plenty of practical tips to help motivate and make running more enjoyable, as well as a section devoted to things Laura herself wishes she’d known when she started out such as buying the right kit and choosing races to take part in. As Glamour magazine said, it’s “just like having a friend running alongside you cheering you on.” And who wouldn’t want that?
So if you’re looking for a bit of help to get started, or simply a light-hearted read to enjoy after a long run, this book would be a great choice. Whether you’re new to running or a little bit more experienced, Laura’s story should leave you feeling inspired and ready to take on a new challenge.