Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea: Review

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!

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  1. My middle is definitely softer these days too, but I haven't gotten this motivated yet. I'm very impressed with you, though!

  2. good for you! it's always hard to start something new--running seems to be particularly daunting--but I'm so happy you are enjoying it! as for the sounds so ambitious. my cousin (age 18) is a runner and a rower. she runs 10, 15, 20 miles without even thinking about it.

  3. It won't give you rock hard abs, but it will peel off all that fat so people can see your abs if you choose to develop them. So in a way it will...I'm so impressed that you got up and got running, as I am so more in favour of the abs type exercises than anything that involves getting off the floor.

    Ha, running while pregnant, I laugh at the very idea. If I ever am pregnant I plan to write a book called 'Eating while Pregnant'.

  4. I love running but have had trouble getting back on the bandwagon since I came close to death from low potassium (oh, the hazards of running in our heat and humidity) so I'm on the treadmill, now. Very cool that you're running with a group! I tried that, but the group ran through town and there were loose dogs. It's the park, a treadmill or nothing for me.

    As to the abs . . . I combined running and aerobics with light weights, during my Buff Year (it didn't last long -- I went to marshmallow after the Potassium Fiasco) and I had a 2-pack! I guess that's because I'm short. 2-pack, not 6-pack. Anyway, that was cool while it lasted. Keep up the good work!!!

  5. Jodie- Eating While Pregnant- it should just be a list of all the great stuff you can get away with eating!

    Nancy- That sounds terrible! I hope that doesn't happen to me.

    Nat- She sounds very ambitious!


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