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Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by [Shea, Sarah Bowen, McDowell, Dimity]
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"It's the perfect book for any mother runner--from brand new runners to ultramarathoners." (Examiner.com)

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.

Online:

anothermotherrunner.com

 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.

Online:

anothermotherrunner.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 7632 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (March 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GK8L58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E. Charpentier on 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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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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Absolutely loved this book. I'm now reading their first book. They are true "moms" who also work and still make the time to run. Some of their comments about how we do it (and what moms go through) are so funny and so true.

I'm just now getting back to running (well, walk, jog, gasp for air, REPEAT) after not running for many many years. I'm also an "older mom" and I really appreciated the insight and comments they included from other mom/runners.

Even if you are already an avid fit runner OR if you are just starting out and want to run simply for some exercise, this is a good read. VERY ENTERTAINING, which is why I read in the first place. It's also motivating. I find that if I'm regularly reading about fitness (anything), it helps keep me on track (no pun intended, ok, maybe a little pun).

ENJOY THIS BOOK!
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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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By CJ on 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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