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Their funny, frank stories and tips for beginners and runners alike ... Will convince you that lacing up is one of the best things a mother can do for herself and her family in her daily race. --Redbook

This book is entertaining and fun to read, full of helpful information (which is also good for non-mothers), and inspirational. The ultimate trifecta in a running book. --Fit Sugar

The joys of motherhood and logging early-morning miles can coexist, as McDowell and Shea prove in their new book. -----Fitness

So for anyone who loves that moment of calm away from the harried life we live, and chooses to find it out on the trails or roads or wherever your two legs lead you, check out this book. -----Self Magazine

While anyone with a passion can relate to the book, it's especially validating and inspiring for people who have fallen in love with the slap-slap-slap of their feet hitting the ground, the time alone with their thoughts, everything that happens during a run. -----Real Simple

About the Author

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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 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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What you will get from this book if you are a mother and you have tried running or are consistently running (at any level) - LAUGHS! It's like they are in my head, in my home, articulating things I've only ever thought, experiences I truly thought I was alone in having. If you are an intermediate to advanced runner - as stated elsewhere in the reviews - you might not get a lot from it technically, but that is not 100% of the book's purpose, in my opinion. It's about tapping into the phenomenon of being a mom and trying to fit this in, this thing that really helps you be a better mother, a better person, but that can be a huge production/pain because... you're a mom! And then finding out that there are thousands of us out there who feel the. same. way. The camaraderie, the advice (their Facebook page rocks!), the commiseration - it's terrific. It changed my life by taking me from someone who was hoping to run an entire 10K without stopping before my 50th birthday, to someone who finished a half marathon 3 months AFTER her 50th birthday - and averaging 10:30 a mile. Reading this gave me the confidence to push myself beyond where I ever thought I would be. Just like running - you get out of the book what you put into it, in terms of your attitude and open mind.
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I LOVE this book. It is so relevant to my life, my experience, as a new runner. I feel like I've gained two new friends who have shared with me the intimate details of the PROCESS and growth in becoming a runner from start to present day. They have helped me visualize myself beyond these developmental stages to actually having experience, having kept on plugging, through all the temptations to stop.
When I finished the book, I hoped they had a Kindle Blog going, so I could keep up with their continuing advice and development, but was disappointed. Now I'm looking for another book to build on this one, and my search has been fruitless so far. Really, I'd just like to continue reading what Dimity and Sarah have to say next, but I'm not interested in training for Marathons, so I don't think their other book is for me. :(
At any rate, I'd like to recommend this book to all newly running women. It is extremely informative, informational and personal. And I'd like to thank the authors for writing it.
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