Run Like a Girl: Interview with Mina Samuels

December 12th, 2011  |  Published in Books, Learning, Stumpblog  |  2 Comments


“This book is about women, sports, and happiness.

How the confidence women build in sport translates into the rest of their lives.

How the challenges they face by participating in a sport, and the way they meet those challenges, translates into greater strength and the ability to overcome the obstacles in their lives outside of sports; and how their achievements in sports translate into happy lives.

This is a book about the courage it takes to challenge ourselves in how we live our lives.”
—Mina Samuels

In her thoughtful, inspiring work Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives, author and athlete Mina Samuels explores the ways in which sports and physical activity can change women’s bodies, spirits, and lives for the better — the ways in which we can all (regardless of our body shape, size, and ability) benefit from movement and physical empowerment.

She illustrates the book with her own story as well as the stories of many other women.

In this podcast, I chat with her about the issues her book raises.


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  1. Hans Hageman says:

    December 13th, 2011at 3:25 pm(#)

    Thank you for the interview. I’m the father of three daughters who bought the book months ago – this is my wake up call to read it!

  2. Miss Brooklyn says:

    December 13th, 2011at 7:22 pm(#)

    Sounds like a good book. Challenging myself physically and suprising myself with what I’m capable of is the one accomplishment and daily activity that has truly empowered me and made me feel good about myself. So it’s frustrating when other feminists mock physical activity and dismiss “all exercise” as “self-torture in pursuit of a fascistic beauty ideal.” (Exact quote from a blog comment, I s–t you not.) So, while not a runner anymore (stupid plantar fasciitis,) I’m putting this one on my to-read list.

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