Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Run Like a Mother review and giveaway

"When all that's left is you and a challenge, running is distilled down to two things: putting one foot in front of the other and summoning a visceral feeling. Not the awful feelings of suffering and resistance as you gut it out, but the one that soars through you and almost carries you when you realize, I've got this." -- from Run Like a Mother.


Sometimes things fall into your life at the perfect time. That's the case with the new book, Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.

Being pregnant with baby #2, I'm feeling even more mother-y than before. And leading a group of new runners, who are all mothers, has me feeling all sorts of runner mother-y. In other words, I'm knee-deep in this "run like a mother" stuff.

So the book. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy to review and even more fortunate to be able to read it over the course of a week filled with sunshine while my son ran around outside like a madman and I sat on the driveway keeping one eye on him and the other on the words in the book.

Run Like a Mother is one of those books that felt like it was written for me. And if you are a mom and a runner, it's written for you.

Bowen Shea and McDowell have a chatty, mom-rific style that is evident from the first few pages when they share a series of emails that led to them writing this book. From there, they go on to fill the book with advice for running moms of all stripes -- advice they are qualified to dispense because much of it is based on their experiences and the experiences of running moms like them.

This isn't a training guide, though. It is more of an inspiring, motivating guide. Reading it, I just wanted to take off and run so I think the motivation part worked. Although, I more-or-less always want to take off and run so maybe I'm not the best judge . . .

Run Like a Mother covers a whole range of topics -- nutrition, trail running, hills, pregnancy, races, clothing, running partners, you name it! -- and does so with honesty and, often, humor. It also includes sidebars called "Take it from a Mother" that offers up a question (What's your ideal racing distance? What's your best cross-training workout?) and provides answers from other running moms.

Honestly, I just loved the book. There was so much in it that spoke to me and I thought it was great. I'll plan to share it with the other moms in the running group I recently started. I think they'll get a lot out of it.

To buy:

Run Like a Mother is now in stores and it has a suggested retail price of $14.99. Run, don't walk! It is also available from Amazonat the low price of $10.19.

To win:

Now . . . what you've all been waiting for!

You can win your own copy of Run Like a Mother! Just leave me a comment telling me whether you'd want the book for yourself or for some other lucky running mom.

Additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of Run Like a Mother on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (leave a comment each time)
The giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 5, 2010 and the winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Review/giveaway disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher to review. I was not compensated for this review/giveaway.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Words to Sweat By discount

So, I announced the winner of the Words to Sweat By towel earlier but if you didn't win, you can still consider yourself lucky: The company is offering readers a 15% discount on orders placed now through March 22nd. Use the code "happyrunner" to get your discount.

Yay! Pop over to Words to Sweat By and treat yourself :-)


Words to Sweat By winner!

As always, thanks to everyone who entered the Words to Sweat By giveaway. This one was a real hit! I used the random number generator at random.org to select the winner.

And the winner is . . . Judi!

Congratulations, Judi! E-mail me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address and the towel that you would like.

Thank you to Words to Sweat By for this giveaway!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

EDITED to add: If you didn't win, check out the discount code from Words to Sweat By!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Giveaway ends tonight

The Words to Sweat By giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST. So, if you want in, be sure to leave your entry before then.

Check back tomorrow for the winner.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Words to Sweat By review and giveaway

I was fortunate to find two cool sites recently: Mom Made That and, through that site, Words to Sweat By. Mom Made That is all about mom businesses and blogs; helping moms promote their products, services and sites to a wider audience.

In checking out the site, I found Words to Sweat By -- Workout Towels with Attitude. The owner, Dana, and I emailed and she sent me one of her super cute workout towels to review -- and she offered the opportunity to give one away. So, I took her up on the offer!




Each of the Words to Sweat By towels is a generously sized white terry "appliqued with an original mantra that is meant to motivate you while you strive to reach your health and fitness goals."

Some of the mantras include:
  • Healthy. Strong. Happy.
  • No excuses.
  • I am a body in motion.
  • Whatever you do, don't hold your breath.
  • Exert. Hydrate. Repeat.
I selected a towel with a light blue applique that says, "I am a body in motion." The towel came nicely packaged in a reusable (read more here) drawstring organza bag, and looked as good in real life as it did on the web site. As I mentioned above, the size is ample, making it perfect to wipe up your sweat after a run or tough workout.

My towel was soft enough to use right away and it held up well in the wash. Overall, a win!

These towels would make great gifts for the active men, women or kids in your life -- or for yourself! I'm thinking that with the weather warming up, we're all going to be out there sweating more, so why not have a fun towel to slop up the sweat, instead of using shirtsleeves :-)

To buy:

The towels are only $8 each and you can order them directly from the Words to Sweat By site here.

To win:

There are lots of ways to win a towel of your own. To enter, visit the Words to Sweat By site and then come back and leave me a comment, letting me know which towel you would choose if you win.

Additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (leave a comment each time)
  • Complete the poll on the Words to Sweat By web site here (leave TWO comments for TWO extra entries)
  • Follow Words to Sweat By on Twitter (leave a comment)
The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. It will run through 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 15, 2010 and the winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Review/giveaway disclaimer: This review was made possible by MomMadeThat.com. I was not compensated for this review/giveaway.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Eggland's Best giveaway winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Eggland's Best eggs giveaway. I used the random number generator at random.org to select the winner.

And the winner is . . . Kathy Rambousek!

Congratulations, Kathy! E-mail me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address and I'll hook you up.

Thank you to Eggland's Best for this giveaway!

I have another giveaway coming up later this week so be sure to check back. Happy Tuesday, everyone!