Longlisted For The William Hill Sports Book Of The YearIf You Had Told Helen Two Years Ago That She Would Be Getting Up AtAm On Sundays To Swim In A Freezing Reservoir And Spending Her Saturday Nights Unshowered And Covered In Mud In A Pub, She Would Have Spat Out Her Champagne But When Everyone Around You Starts Settling Down, What Else Is A Glamorous Party Girl To Do But To Launch Herself Into The World Of Endurance Sport For Someone Who Didn T Even Own A Pair Of Flat Shoes And Definitely No Waterproofs , Helen Would Soon Find She Had A Lot To Learn Join Helen On Her Hilarious And Soul Searching Journey As She Swaps A Life Of Cocktail Bars And Dating For The Challenges And Exhilaration Of Triathlons, Trail Runs, Obstacle Races, Long Distance Cycles And Ocean Swims And Sets Herself The Seemingly Impossible Goal Of Qualifying As A Team GB Triathlete So much great advice, so many great stories Even though she s a natural born runner and I m the opposite I still found this book tremendously useful and entertaining And inspiring Interesting to findabout amateur triathlon too. This is an extremely well written book about mostly the drive to push yourself to see how far your body can go in terms of running, cycling and swimming when much of that has been alien in recent years It is not a how to manual but rather a journey, a sometimes cathartic one Ms Croydon is a born communicator with a lovely warm voice and she puts her points of view across in a great story with passion and wit When I said about mostly earlier I meant that her story is also about finding without perhaps consciously meaning to people to share the warmth and companionship and joy of triathlon, and then even someone to share love at just the right time An excellent read completely outside my usual reading zone but This Girl Did Well Don t be deceived by the topic of this book while it is about a journey of becoming an athlete, the heart and soul is about the journey a lot of us face at one point or another in our lives shedding our old skin and taking on a big lifestyle change which comes along with a change from within along with the challenge of finding meaningful connections Helen goes through a journey of a new life that really pushes herself to the limits in a completely new way She really opens up and shows vulnerability at the end of the book as she longs to build meaningful connections which makes this especially heartfelt and relate able with lots of exciting and funny adventures along the way Great work Chatty and engaging, Helen takes us on her journey in an inspiring way, showing that it is possible for all of us to put on our running shoes, even if we don t all aspire to the extreme heights of fitness she achieves The explanations and impact of physiological changes and importance of proper nutrition were really interesting as I ve not really considered these before. Totally absorbing story of a party girl s transformation into an endurance athlete, with interesting revelations about our cultural obsession with nutrition for weight loss rather than fuel, and insights into the effects hard training has on the body Only downside is the ending It just sort of stops As a fellow triathlete who used to work in the fashion industry, I could relate to both sides of Helen s life the unsatisfactoriness of glitzy, often superficial parties and working environments, and the discovery of the pleasures of outdoor training and endurance sports Everyone who s done a race or joined a club will recognise themselves in Helen s adventures Highly recommended to anyone interested in getting an insight into an athlete s lifestyle I pre ordered This Girl Ran , based on the pre publicity I wanted to read it as soon as it came out and this story of a journey from glamorous party loving media girl to muddy cross country runner to international triathlete was a captivating read Helen Croydon brings a lot of humour to her writing much of it at her own expense as she flung herself into her new sporting world and learnt how to do it along the way As with most good sports books the story of her running , cycling and swimming journey is really part of a personal journey of self discovery which she writes on with disarming honesty The book should be an inspiration to anyone in that place of dissatisfaction with their current life to follow their dreams and go for it The closing chapters where Helen reflects on the complex reasons why we runners choose to throw ourselves into sports were one of the best expositions on the subject I have read I d thoroughly recommend this book to runners and non runners alike.