Running: A Love Story is Jen A. Miller’s witty, brutally honest account of her lifelong relationship with running, and an exploration of the many ways that the sport carves a path to empowerment.
As a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, Miller hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs. As she pushes herself toward ever-greater mileage, running helps Miller learn to love herself first, revealing independence, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had.
Praise for Running: A Love Story
"Running: A Love Story is Jen’s ultimate faith healer, restoring belief not only in herself but life’s possibilities." - Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner's World magazine and author of My Life on the Run
"Once, I was running with Jen Miller in Philly when a crusty guy on the sidewalk yelled at her, 'You run like a GIRL!' I had no idea what he meant, but in this inspiring, honest and fierce book, Jen finally explains it." - Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me and columnist for Runner's World magazine
"Running: A Love Story is a frank and sometimes gritty look inside Jen Miller's heart. She speaks for a lot of us as she reveals her self-doubts, and then finds the confidence to quiet them through running. How running does that to us is, like love, very simple yet totally mysterious. But here's the bottom line: It works for everyone." - Kathrine Switzer, author of Marathon Woman and the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon
“A contemporary coming of age story that will speak to a generation of women, Running: A Love Story is the candid memoir of a young woman’s painful but triumphant search for her place in the world. Skillfully crafted and unsparingly honest, Running is a courageous memoir written straight from the heart." - Amy Hill Hearth, New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author
"Millions of everyday men and women have a love affair with running. No book I've read captures the richness and complexity of this widely shared experience--the exhilaration and heartbreak and everything in between--more faithfully than Jen Miller's lovely memoir, Running: A Love Story." - Matt Fitzgerald, author of more than 20 endurance sports books, including How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle
"Running: A Love Story is a ballad for anyone looking to discover themselves. Jen Miller is remarkably honest, candid, and approachable in her writing style. She narrates in a way that makes you feel like the two of you are tucked in the corner of a tapas restaurant sharing stories way into the late hours. As someone who has never been "good" at running, I was delighted to find this book to be about so much more than sneakers and mile marks. This is a book about finding love, discovering your breaking points, and letting go. Jen pieces together a moral I think the world needs: only when we fully let go can we finally grip tight to the stuff that really matters." - Hannah Brencher, author of If You Find This Letter