"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.
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.
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