Run Like a Mother, just love saying that title, written by two die-hard running moms, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea is meant to motivate moms everywhere to run.
Back in January, I decided to get my rear in gear and joined the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge. Gone are the days when I lived off a diet of chocolate bars and Doritos and not gain an ounce. A baby and a decade or two later and I'm much softer in the middle and that's after I traded in sweets for salads. Plus, my Mom has osteoporosis and I know how important it is for me to exercise for my bones' sake.
Something needed to change. It was time to hoist myself off the couch. I wiped the dust off the treadmill and dug out my sneakers. It was slow going at first but eventually I got myself running on that thing. And for all the bitching I do beforehand, I am glad I did it once I get off it.
About a month ago on Twitter, Simon and Schuster Canada offered Run Like a Mother to moms who run. I, very quietly, put up my hand. Am I really a runner yet? Not like these ladies. Dimity and Sarah are Runners with a capital R. I'm a Sitter, capital S.
Really, these two are competitive. Dimity tried out for the Olympic rowing team. Here I am living on an island and I can't even row a dinghy. Sarah went for a run on Christmas Day, while I'm usually passed out from a turkey coma under the tree. These women make me feel like an underachiever. I'm not planning to run a full marathon, although I'd like to run a 5K without collapsing.
Even though they intimidate the hell out of me, they do have buttloads of experience and lots of practical advice. I learned a lot. From little things like what music to listen to when running to how to bounce back from an injury. I also learned that running will not give you rock hard abs (damn!). Run Like a Mother touches every aspect of running.
Run Like a Mother is for the ladies, unless guys want to know about dealing with their periods during a marathon, and just because it says "Mother" the advice is good for all women, not just ones with kids. I admit I skipped the Running while Pregnant section because that's not going to happen. I especially appreciated the advice from the everyday running women in the 'conversation' boxes.
I'd recommend Run Like a Mother to women who want to start running. You might feel like a marshmallow in comparison to these two but if you can get beyond that it's a pretty good resource. They also have a blog. You might want to check that out.
PS- I joined a running class and now run outside where people can see me! Yikes!