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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
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I bought this book with a lot of hope and some trepidation. I'm a lapsed runner, and my last serious race dates back to the postpartum year after my first child was born, when I was eager to show myself I still had my athletic mojo. I just had my fifth child, and ordered this book to help me get inspired again. The authors' voices are real, thankfully, and the essays are honest and accessible. The training tips are great, because they're rooted in an understanding all the things mom use as excuses NOT to run. But what got me really lacing up my shoes again was the page full of short quotes by women saying how they feel after running. Powerful. Competent. Strong. Optimistic. It was like a quadruple dose of any of those herbal mood-boosters hocked by health magazines!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
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I am always careful when purchasing something to dig for reviews and see what others like me think of a certain product. This book was one I thought sounded helpful with a bit of fun thrown in and it has very favorable reviews. That's where it stopped for me.

While I consider myself to be an intermediate runner with so much yet to learn, I felt like this book would be better suited for a beginner or someone considering running as exercise or sport. Throughout the book, the authors more or less spoke of their running lives beginning to present with tiny snipets of advice from running moms. I found myself focusing on which author's husbands name was Grant and who was John. And who had the twins? What about the 6 year old girl? I need to be able to place a face with a name when reading anything and feel like I can identify with the author. Not here. I was really hoping this would be a book that I'd want to read over and over and more importantly, I was hoping this book would be one I could purchase for a friend who is running the NY marathon for the first time so that she could find inspiration.

Sarah and Dimity are witty writers but I needed so much more from this book. I needed advice that I'd never heard before or maybe some training secrets to get me to my next PR.

Buy this book if you are a newbie to the sport or are just looking for a little chuckle. Forget about it otherwise. Goodwill is getting my copy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2011
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My brother and sister in law bought this book for me as I've recently dropped over 50lbs (after having 2 kids) and started running. It touches on all topics in respect to running before, during, and after kids. It's wonderfully written, and something I will definitely read again! It's a great read for those who are embarking on this journey for the first time but don't have anyone to ask the questions that aren't covered in running magazines like "what do you do if you need to pee 1/2 way through a run?" or "what's the best running bra for a nursing mom?". I will be buying this book for my mom friends that have also started running!! Great gift idea as well!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Run Like a Mother feels like one of those conversations you have with a friend on a long run. It's a book that all female athletes can relate to, regardless of motherhood status or running experience. However, for those of us who both run marathons and mother small children, it's an especially relatable book. At times it's part memoir--telling of Sarah's and Dimity's journeys as runners and marathoners (including a few race reports!), and other times it's more like a helpful training manual--giving advice on running gear, nutrition, and staging a post-pregnancy comeback. You won't find a 16-week marathon training plan in here, but you'll emerge from this book knowing what worked and didn't work for Sarah and Dimity as they trained. As a running coach, I liked the technical talk about running 8 X 400 meters and other training-specific tidbits. But as a mother and a fellow female athlete, I think I most enjoyed the deeply personal revelations about body image, weight, marriage, and mothering. I loved the personal essay format. By the end of the book, you'll feel like you have two new friends: Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
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Since finding this book (and blog! and tweets!), I have been completely entertained and inspired and able to connect with a whole new community of runner-mamas.

This book is so utterly relatable, it is sick! Even as a newbie runner! The moments of "O-M-G! That is EXACTLY how I feel" were countless, as a mom, spouse, runner, wannabe writer and overall multi-tasking-life balancer.

The book inspired me, me made me laugh out loud causing my fellow commuter train riders to stop and stare (As soon as I would snort, I would hold up the book so everyone would get a peek...long enough for them to write down the title and and go buy it themselves!)

This is my go-to book for prezzies for my runner mama friends and has saved the day with some much needed inspiration after the oh-let-it-be-over ugly runs.

I savored every chapter like a rich ooey-gooey chocolately dessert and was thrilled to find more even more witty (and oh so true!) writing online through the blog runlikeamotherbook.com.

Seriously, check it out, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2012
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I found this book while looking for books to download for my son. The title caught my eye, so I downloaded it, but didn't think I'd make it past the 1st page..Boy was I wrong. I wasn't even a runner at the time, and actually thought that I hated running. The authors are hilarious! There were times that I was hold back belly laughs, so my family wouldn't think I was crazy. Their down to earth, honest take on running and all that goes with it can encourage a beginner or someone that has been running for years. After finishing the book, I decided that I could be a runner, and registered for a 1/2 marathon!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
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This is a MUST read for anyone who has even thought about running. I had never run in my life. Truly. Not even half a mile. I don't play sports. On a recommendation of a friend, I read this about a year ago and have now run 2 half marathons! It has totally changed my life. I feel confident, proud, and as the mother of two young children, I know have an excuse for "me" time. I've read both of their books and they are so inspiring. I hope they write more. If I can run, ANYONE can! I owe it all to this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
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Fun, entertaining read about the author's personal struggles and accomplishments with running. If you're looking for more step-by-step help on how to get started running, this is not it. It's also not the book for regular runners who are looking for tips. Overall, a decent book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
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I bought this book after hearing about it from several people. As my title says, I'm not a mother, but I could relate to most of the book.

I found the writing very easy to follow--as if it were a conversation--and refreshing. I laughed out loud at some things and it gave me that little "umph" to get back to my running. I felt like I got to know Dimity and Sarah, just by following along in their journeys.

I would definitely recommend this to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2010
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After reading "Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity" by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, I feel like I know them personally. It's easy to understand why. They share their "soles" in this book (pardon the pun).
From Sarah just laying it out there from the get-go about her competitive streak (which in no way diminishes her likability but, more likely, enhances it as so many of us *cough* me *cough* have that same streak) to Dimity's almost nonchalance about PRs (personal records) and speed (although I guarantee her 6'4" frame runs much faster than my 5'3 3/4" frame).
As a very new runner, I more than appreciated the tips from the authors and moms they interviewed for this book. I now know why I need a running skirt with spankies (Sarah's claim to modesty whilst peeing on the side of the road) and why my son's potty would be a good thing for me to pack in the van on race day (no porta potty for this mom!). My Christmas wish list will include things like a Garmin Forerunner for tracking all of my running data and a hydration system to wear around my waist (despite Dimity's warning of its nerdiness, I want one).
Dimity's sharing about the close-knit relationship with her running partner, Katherine, had me jonesing for a friend to pound the pavement with. Sarah's tip on how to keep the hubby happy with a different kind of cross-training had me smiling (because of it's sheer truth).
The only time I disagreed with either author in this book was in the post-pregnancy chapter (3-6 month range). Dimity wrote tat you will possibly be "shimmying into your pre-preggo jeans. You're like to have dropped at least 25 pounds by now." I may have wanted to cry a bit there because I (at 9 months post-pregnancy) am just now fitting into those pre-baby #2 jeans. But perhaps if I had been a runner prior to having one or both of my kids, that would be the case.
Sarah's marathon chapter got me really revved for my own M-day! The reasons listed resonated in my heart: proving my toughness, showing my kids what I can do, showing myself what I can do, losing weight, and on a lark (among others).
I know 26.2 miles is not for everyone (and it's not for me today...but soon enough), but whether you are a newbie like me or a veteran like Dimity and Sarah; whether you are running at Boston today or just around the block, this book is for you.
We women try to conquer so much and know it's such a delicate balance between work, kids, marriage. Too often "me" is forgotten. After reading this, I am more confident now that my Saturday long runs (and weekday long-for-me runs) are not only a necessity for my training but a necessity for my well-being.
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