Running is addicting, but when you’ve taken a break for a long time or you’re just starting out, it’s nearly impossible to force yourself to take get into it.
I constantly struggle with the fact that I want to get out there and run and yet, the voice within me fights it. There have been times when I actually put on my running gear and ended up lounging around the house. And before I knew it, it was too late to run or something else came up. That is why when I saw the book, Get Off Your Ass and Run! in the Strand Bookstore in NYC, I was compelled to purchase it, take it home and read it!
Ruth Field, author and also known at the Grit Doctor, uses her sense of humor to help people get started that want to lose weight and begin exercising.
As an avid runner herself, Field was forced to give up running when she became pregnant with twins. She wrote this book as a way to help motivate the “wannabe” runners to get out there and get it done.
I love the way the book is written and laid out. It’s fun. It’s a quick read, and the format is interesting. Field laces her own personal triumphs with those around her and couples that with statements by the Grit Doctor, a no-nonsense sub-conscience that exists in all of us. Instead of telling ourselves we can’t and we don’t want to get out there to run, the Grit Doctor tells us different.
“Excuses, excuses. The Grit Doctor has heard them all. Take a number and keep reading -– I’ll get to all of you,” the Grit Doctor states.
One of the ways to make sure that running stays in your life is to make running your religion. Field says, “Running is the key to successful living. The practice of running enables the rest of the runner’s life to progress that more more effectively.” And you know what, she’s right.
Ever since I started running nearly three years ago, I have found that running really does make me feel like I can handle difficult situations.
Field also gives real how-to tips on getting started. She developed an eight-week program that ends with the reader being able to accomplish a 5K. The first few weeks are just walking and then morph into a slow jog.
At the end of the book, Field also helps the reader get to the next level by accomplishing a 10K and gives a detailed program on how to get there.
What I also like about this book, is that Field talks about food in length. She discusses what to eat and what not to eat, with the best advice being, “Eat less crap.” The Grit Doctor interjects by telling the reader that the dieting information is a “waste of time” and “commits you to a very boring lifestyle.”
Field even has delicious suggestions on how to cook healthy. What I found particularly interesting is that she says that pasta is great for runners. Now, I know that sounds funny that I’m saying that, but when you’re dieting, they say to stay away from pastas and breads. She says that it’s the butter and the sauces that make the pasta fattening and to limit the intake on that.
At the end of the book, Field talks to other mothers who recently gave birth and gives them tips on how to get out there and run.
She also provides a running log and top songs to play when running, even though Field prefers silence.
If you want to try to lose weight and get into running, Get Off Your Ass and Run! is a great place to start. It’s funny, it’s relatable and it’s motivating. I bought it Friday evening and finished it on that Saturday. It was that easy of a read!