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Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line—and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity [Kindle Edition]

Dimity McDowell , Sarah Bowen Shea
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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Since the publication of their first book, Run Like a Mother, the authors have built up an engaged, vibrant tribe of women runners--more than 10,000 fans on Facebook and an average of 2,500 daily visitors to are clamoring for another book. At its core, Train Like a Mother will comprehensively cover how to train for a race, including training plans for four race distances (5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon) for both beginner and more experienced runners; the importance of recovery; pre- and post-race nutrition; strength training; injury prevention (and rehab); and everything busy women need to know to add racing to their multitasking schedules. It is all presented with the same wit, empathy, and tone the avid fans connect and identify with.

The book is divided into 13.1 chapters--the distance of a half-marathon, the sweet spot for many mother runners--narrated by both Sarah and Dimity. Like the first book, Train Like a Mother chapters have plenty of sidebars, including Practical Motherly Advice (helpful information about training- and race-related advice), Take It from a Mother (advice and answers from the growing tribe of running moms), and Racy Talk (entertaining, race-related stories from the authors and other moms). The .1 sections are entertaining commercial breaks celebrating the sport of running and the added thrill of racing.

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About the Author

A veteran of eight marathons with a competitive streak a mile long, Sarah Bowen Shea is a freelance writer specializing in fitness, health, gear, and parenting. She contributes to a variety of publications, including Shape, SELF, Runner's World, Whole Living, and the New York Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Jack, and three young children, including boy-girl twins.


A dedicated if not natural runner, Dimity McDowell writes regularly about sports and fitness for a range of magazines, including Runner's World and ESPN: The Magazine. She lives and runs (at 5,280 feet) in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Grant, two kids, and two dogs.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love the humor and easy writing style of the authors. After reading Run Like a Mother, I was so excited for this book. It didn't disappoint! In addition to lots of advice and anecdotes, this book offers 2 training plans for each distance (5k, 10k, 13.1 and 26.2) - beginner and advanced. I'm currently in Week 9 of the Marathon: Finish It plan (20-week), and, with plenty of other things going on in my life, have really appreciated the flexibility. I would normally feel guilty about not rigidly following a plan, but these plans give you the option to skip the occasional run if life gets in the way. (Not the long run, though!) I'm so grateful for that permission, and I still feel 100% on track! Love the mix of hill workouts, interval training, tempo, race pace, easy pace, negative splits, etc. Keeps things interesting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all levels of runners! November 18, 2012
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I cannot say enough good things about this book and how it has made me a better runner. I bought it in April, after I'd been running for a year and completed my first half marathon. After running a half marathon, I decided to use this book to work on my 5k speed. Despite running a 5k in rough conditions (red flag at the start of the course due to heat and humidity), I STILL managed a 5K PR and saw my running speed increase overall as a result of the speed work. After finishing the 5k plan, I thought, "Hmm... I wonder what I could do with the half marathon Own It plan?" Remember, I bought this book just after completing my first half. While I was happy with my time in my first half, as my only goal was to finish it as strong as I could, I knew I could do better. I won't lie... the Own It half marathon plan is not easy. As I looked through the plan, I wondered what I was getting myself into especially since I'm a teacher and starting this plan coincided with the start of the school year. But I wanted that PR and I knew that the plans in this book could help me get there, so I told myself to shut up and do it.
As I followed this plan, I felt myself become a stronger, faster runner with each week that passed. It's not easy, of course, but is owning something ever easy? As race day drew near, the weather forecast was not favorable. Warmer than usual for November in the Midwest, but winds of 20-30mph with gusts up to 50mph predicted for the entire race--which was, of course, on country roads with wide open fields. No wind breaks. It felt like the wind was in my face for the entire race and yet, I still managed to pull of a THIRTEEN minute PR. Just like my 5k PR, it was in less than favorable weather and yet, the plans in this book are so strong that they make you stronger than poor weather conditions. Buy this book, whether you're just starting out or you want to improve your times--you won't regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! March 20, 2012
By Jo
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I am so excited to finally get my hands on this book! This is a must have for any woman, mom or not, who is looking to train for a race or who is on the fence about whether or not they should toe the line. It's written in the same approachable, witty style as Run Like A Mother - smart writing with laugh out loud funny parts. The training plans are realistic and adaptable. If you've listened to their Another Mother Runner podcasts and you know what these women sound like, you can almost hear them reading the words right off the page to you. I'll definitely be using the half marathon Finish It plan, because I'm coming off an injury and want to make it across the finish line injury free. My husband is planning on following the marathon Own It Plan, because he has a serious PR within his reach. So glad this book is out and I can get excited about the training season ahead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any runner. May 27, 2013
By Elissa
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This book is full of great advice and inspiring stories. And as a bonus, it comes with training plans for every level of runner. This book is great to pick up when you want to begin running, or if you want a bit of something to help you get out the door after a running lull. This book and it's sister book have literally transformed my life. I used to think running was just ridiculous, now I use it as a stress reliever and for fitness. I suggest this book to all of my friends. It is worth every penny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book! February 23, 2013
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Love the down to earth approach the authors take in this book. I am trying out the half marathon training plan and have hope of cutting some time off my race times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! October 25, 2012
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This book took me to my first marathon with a finishing time of 3:31.32 ( a Boston qualifying time for this 40 year old). The book is witty, inspiring, relatable and unique. The training plans are simple to follow, while at the same time being sophisticated enough to keep you from getting bored. There is variety and flexibility in the training and I think that's what I appreciated most. I enjoyed building miles and building speed as I got closer to my goal. The authors have created a virtual community that supports you through the process of training or just running for fitness. The writing had me laughing and saying "yep, that's me". I highly recommend this book for any runner. While the stories may be geared towards women, they certainly span the entire running community as so many of our "issues" are the same, male or female. The plans would be excellent for any runner! Thanks Dimity and SBS for another fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! March 20, 2012
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I've been waiting for Train Like a Mother after so loving Run Like a Mother. Their follow up provides thoughtful, encouraging training plans with the humor and wit we've come to expect. A must read for any mom considering a race or for a mom wanting to improve her time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, funny and easy to follow
This is a great book for any runner who is beyond the very beginning stage. The information about breathing, stride and pacing were exactly what I needed and something I wish I'd... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plan and advice
I love these ladies and everything they write! This book offers practical advice and plans for runners of all levels.
Published 2 months ago by Megan Marske
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
dont have time to write a proper review...suffice it to say I love it, and if you are still deciding, just GET IT and it will get you moving or get you moving again...
Published 3 months ago by kim mongelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have asked for anything better!
Love these two gals and their writing style, and of course all the great info they provide! Didn't t think I'd laugh so much reading a race training book, heh. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AEK
5.0 out of 5 stars motivating!
Great read...very motivating author along with quotes and thoughts from other mother runners. Lots of tips, as well, that I'm anxious to try.
Published 3 months ago by Erin Miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this a RUN!!!
If you have been a runner or becoming a new runner or you are a veteran runner that has become a mother, this is a MUST read!!!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mirella
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plans for running or owning any distance!
Great book for anyone wanting to run or "own" any distance. Only downside is the lingo. As a newbie runner I was unsure what things like "splits"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CarpeNoctem
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training plans
I really enjoyed this book. I found the training plans very easy to follow and understand. I used the 10K Own it Plan and shaved off close to 5 minutes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome training plans, great writing, funny stories
I love listening to the Another Mother Runner podcasts, reading their blog and participating in facebook discussions. I bought the book to get the coveted training plans. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sassy Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and challenging
This is a great book. Very easy to read. I follow the authors on their blog and podcasts and you feel like you know them through all of these avenues. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mindy
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