This weekend I managed to find some time to read “The Accidental Athlete”, on my Kindle. I came to this thinking it would be a poor quality e-book which wouldn’t particularly interest me, but in the end I found a really enjoyable book about a journey through life as a runner and as someone who enjoyed taking on challenges. The book hinges around the author’s own struggles to be accepted as a woman who runs and who takes on physical challenges – particularly when she set out a number of years ago. This is still something that is prevalent in society today; women are not encouraged, in the same way that men are, to pursue physical activities and whilst we have made huge steps towards more gender equality in this area, the book highlights just how tough breaking through some people’s issues around this can be – which is something that we can all probably do more to think about and consider.
The Accidental Athlete is well written, interesting and inspiring. It really made me stop to think more about the issues that Stephanie faced whilst pursuing the things she loved and that once she had broken though those how good it made her feel – which really comes across. I guess it sounds like another “don’t give up on your dreams” kind of book – which in a sense it is, but it’s really just a very personal account of how tough life can be and how you have to push hard rather than give in when faced with a huge challenge (both physically and mentally). That personal view really comes across strongly, she’s not trying to tell you how to live your life, she’s just saying “here’s what I faced, this is what I did, this is how it turned out” which is refreshing and, actually, makes it a fun read.
I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a couple of hours read which will inspire you and in which running is heavily prominent throughout! If you have kindle unlimited (via prime) you can download it for free right now.