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Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity Paperback – March 23, 2010
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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.
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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Now, here's the thing--this book will NOT make you a good runner. This book will NOT help you run a distance you've never run before. This book will NOT change fundamental shortcomings you may have (like being the most unathletic person ever). Good, that's out of the way.
This book WILL inspire you to get out there and try. This book WILL motivate you to figure out ways to balance being a working mom AND still taking care of yourself as well as the rest of the family. This book WILL give you the confidence that you need.
It's not a training book or and exercise advice book, but rather a long essay with some advice/tips peppered in. I personally didn't find all of the advice applicable because I think the authors are far more athletic and fit than I have ever been in my life. With that said, there is still some good stuff in here.
Although I understand the purpose of the quotes & quips from other Mother Runners, I'm not sure that they added much for me--I have sort of a 'take 'em or leave 'em' attitude about those.
Overall, this is a great read and I would recommend it to any mom out there who is trying to figure out how to get back on the road again
I started reading and it was, frankly, a bit difficult to put down. I almost wish marathons were longer so it would have had more chapters and I wouldn't have finished it so quickly... There are suggestions from what to wear (shoes to clothes), to listen to, to eat, etc. There are websites to get more info, which is nice because you can't really believe everything on the net, can you? Their recommendations are helpful for a newbie like myself. And it's funny - I laughed out loud. I loved the mom quotes sprinkled in. Made me want to go buy some shoes and lace up. While I don't see myself running a marathon anytime soon, I totally can picture myself running a 5K, or at least out the front door.