No matter how hard it is to get out the door, it's on the road that we meet our strengths and weaknesses, have the space to contemplate our hopes and dreams and ultimately find what makes us happy. Not every workout is an epiphany. Instead, each time out on the road—no matter how much of a battle it was to get there—is an exercise in getting to know ourselves a little bit better. It’s on that road that we learn our strengths and weaknesses, ponder our hopes and dreams, and ultimately discover what makes us happy.
For women who draw even a portion of their strength from being active, Run Like a Girl 365 Days a Year serves as a Book of Days. It's practical, inspirational, and personal, with a dash of the existential and neurotic, it’s a fresh take on the popular thought-a-day books, geared toward women athletes. Containing 365 entries for a full year of running inspiration, Run like a Girl 365 Days a Year revels in the joys we discover as we greet our athletic selves each new day, and confront the obstacles thrown in our way by the world, by our bodies and, most importantly, by our minds. Some of the topics include balance, body image, the battle of the sexes, sisterhood, and aging.
Light-hearted, honest, and authentic, Run Like a Girl 365 Days a Year is an inspiring daily reminder of every woman’s strength and potential.
Mina Samuels is a full-time writer, editor, and performance artist, and in a previous incarnation, a litigation lawyer and human rights advocate. Mina's first book, Run Like a Girl garnered a great amount of national press and was featured on The Today Show. She co-authored The New York Times bestseller The Think Big Manifesto with Michael Port, and has been a ghostwriter on several other book projects, including a bestseller with the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. She lives and works in New York City.
“We all have a million excuses to skip a daily run, but you only need 365 antidotes to change your life. And here they are, all funny, wise and warm. Lace up, girls!”—Kathrine Switzer, founder 261 Fearless, and author of Marathon Woman
"Run Like a Girl 365 Days a Year motivates, inspires, and celebrates what it means to be a female athlete. It reminds and prepares us to be the best version of ourselves.” ?Christie Pearce Rampone, former captain of the US women’s National soccer team and three-time Olympic gold medalist
"Mina Samuels's Run Like a Girl 365 Days a Year speaks to the inner athlete in all of us. Both inspirational and practical, this book is a great companion on your athletic journey. Offering bite-sized prompts for thought and action, readers will learn, and laugh, and grow." ?Samantha J. Brennan, co-founder of Fit Is a Feminist Issue and co-author of Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey
"As an expressive boy full of joy, my older brother tried to stifle my light. He bullied me by calling me a sissy and saying, 'you run like a girl.' In life, hidden in the forces that pull us down is the energy to lift us up. In retaliation, I learned to flip and fly, moving faster than anyone around me. Mina brings new meaning to that phrase with her insightful and masterful book Run Like a Girl 365 Days A Year. Her physical, mental and spiritual journey align with both truth and humility. If running like a girl means pursuing this marathon called life with the same awareness as Mina, then in her writing she gives to all of us a fresh pair of running shoes." ?Christopher Harrison, Founder AntiGravity Inc.
"Run Like a Girl 365 Days A Year is a fitness roadmap for women. We are all athletes, there is no judgement, and there are no excuses. We just need to move and not look back. Mina Samuels’s inspirational thoughts help keep us moving and feeling good about it." —Nieca Goldberg, MD, Medical Director Joan Tisch Center for Women's Health,
"It often feels like we’re stealing—from our jobs, families, and responsibilities—when we take time to run. For the larceny of tending to our bodies and souls, Run Like A Girl 365 Days of the Year is an essential accomplice, reminding us daily that the ‘stolen’ moments may be the ones that matter most." —Amy Noelle Roe, author of Becoming Boston Strong: One Woman's Race to Run and Conquer the World's Greatest Marathon