Run Like A Mother
A review of an inspirational and funny book
©Outdoor Adventure Canada
Like a MotherHow to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job
or Sanity, is the inspirational journey of two women runners
- Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell - who take their readers
on their adventures and share stories which will inspire you and
make you laugh hysterically.
One of the things I like best about
Run Like a Mother is that it's directed specifically towards
mothers who run; women like me. It lets us know we are not alone
in our crazy passion. As a matter of fact, not only are we not alone,
but we're completely normal ... there are hundreds of other crazy,
fun, lovely mother runners out there.
While I was reading this book I constantly
found myself nodding and wondering how they got my thoughts and
feelings out of my head and onto the paper without me knowing, that's
how closely I related to what the authors were saying.
The number of chapters is poetic - 26.
With a short piece after each chapter entitled .2 "a
nod to the final stretch of the marathon" the chapters
represent the entire length of a marathon; 26.2 miles.
In these chapters Dimity and Sarah discuss
everything from the reasons we, as mothers, run to what kind of
gear is available to us and even further to more intimate topics
in which only a woman can relate. They talk about running during
pregnancy and post-pregnancy; they talk about fitting running into
an already hectic family schedule; they even talk about marriage
and their jobs and how they make it work.
Run Like a Mother is chalk full
of helpful, practical advise. Insets titled "Take it From
a Mother", "Practical Motherly Advice" and
"Run Like This Mother" are filled with real women's
opinions, advise and encouragement, from not just the authors, but
also from other mother runners Dimity and Sarah interviewed for
This engaging book is written with an
honest look at being an active mother; their wit and humour goes
unmatched to any "how-to" running book I've read to date.
It truly has inspired me to lace up my shoes and get out running
more often. The authors share a common passion and you will find
them posting more of their adventures on both Facebook
and their website, Another
We have our contest
winners for the Run Like a Mother giveaway
to Wendy and Terry. Here are their stories:
Why I Love Running
As a mother of three children running
is the ideal activity to keep
physically and mentally well. It takes minimal effort and arranging
to put on the shoes an step out the door. Running burns off 100
calories every 10 minutes, clears your head, strengthens multiple
muscle groups and keeps me looking great.
As far as funny moments go my children
understand that the only reason to interrupt my run with a phone
call to my cell is that they just had to phone 911 a moment ago.
Wendy L. from Alhambra, Alberta
My First Half Marathon:
When I did my first half marathon
with a bunch of friends we showed up to the area where it started
very early. We parked and settled into a Starbucks for some breakfast
and coffee. When we came out to get to the start line we realized
that our car wad parked on the race course and had been towed!
Luckily the impound lot was close
by so we ran to it, got the car reparked got our bibs and last
minute gear and ran to the start. We arrived about 5 minutes after
the last half marathon starters had crossed the start line.
Thank goodness for chips because
I ran that half with my now husband and made my goal of sub 2
Terry T. from Calgary, Alberta
Thank you to all who participated.
Written by the Outdoor