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Sunday, April 4, 2010

RUN LIKE A MOTHER Book Review & Giveaway

Like many of you running mama bloggers out there ...... I was given the opportunity to review Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving -- and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.

You can check out Dimity and Sarah's blog at: http://runlikeamotherbook.com/

This book has 26 chapters with an additional .2 commentary at the end of each chapter -- for those of you non-runners that resembles the brutal 26.2 miles in a marathon journey. And what a journey this book was ......

Honestly, I haven't read a book since high school (other than What to Expect When You're Expecting .... and more recently, Fancy Nancy or Goodnight Moon!). But, I was really excited to read through Run Like a Mother and see how I related to other running mothers and bond through their experiences by each turn of the page. Between balancing work, family and running, I don't really sit down until 9:30 or 10:00 at night and that is usually to veg out in front of the the tv and I usually zonk-out and drift off into dreamland. Reading a book isn't usually on my agenda. But, this one was TOTALLY for me! It felt like it was a little indulgence every time I opened it back up. This book kept me interested and I was able to sneak in mini reading sessions at bedtime (I enjoyed it so much that I didn't fall asleep like I do with the tv!), at my daughter's dance lessons, waiting for doctor's appointments, and in the restroom (which I was ironically doing one evening when Little Dude came knocking on the bathroom door, while reading about one of them talking about having little bathroom companions themselves!). This book surpassed my expectations. I turned each page with excitement, giggles and smirks on my face. I can't even count they number of times I laughed out loud. There were so many pages flagged in my copy when I was finished! When I closed the book after reading the last page ... I honestly felt like I've accomplished something (reading a book is a HUGE deal for me!!), not as much as completing a marathon, but close!

I'm going to review this as a runner .... and then a mother ....

The runner in me

The very first chapter pulled me in, as Dimity described trying to set her alarm early for a run before her family got out of bed. How she would set her running clothes out in the bathroom and would eventually drag herself in there to pull her clothes on, because she knew that the run would make her feel better. There have been far too many times I have been psyched at bedtime to set the alarm early, only to turn the alarm off when it goes off at 4:45 AM. Then my pre-sorted/pre-matched running outfit sits there until the morning's chores (or work) are done for the day.

It was until page 70 of this book that I thought I was the only strange duck out on the road counting my steps or backwards from 100 in sets of four to reach the next mile marker. Anything to get me in a rhythm, help me concentrate on my breathing or just get me through the next mile. Dimity made me laugh as she did similar counting in her head and broke training runs out into precalculated time segments, just to break up the monotony.

The mother in me

Parts of this book also made me realize that I really can do anything. Having given birth to two children without an epidural and the second one totally drug-free, I've thought to myself while I'm struggling on a run ... I gave birth two these two beautiful children ... I did it and nobody else ... I can do this, too; no one else can finish this run for me.

Sections of the book also reminded me of how far I've come since the birth of my second child. I gained close to 50 lbs with the second pregnancy and when I started back to running too early and too hard, I got shin splints and got major chaffing on my chubby inner thighs and had to run in unflattering spandex for quite some time. My legs were raw and bloody as I pushed through the pain of the cellulite-filled thighs rubbing against each other with each stride. Similar stories were touched on in this book. It made me feel like I wasn't crazy!?!?

I loved the quote from a mother who set her half-marathon PR when her husband and infant were spectating the race and she forgot the baby's bottle at home. She ran fast just to keep her son from getting hungry!

One of the sections that had me in tears was one of the ".2" sections: This is my brain on a run. Dimity divided up her thoughts into pie charts, most of which I could relate to, but had me laughing in tears. Some of my favorites: Counting the weeks since you've had sex with your significant other; Imagining how I would feel if I found out I was pregnant again; Contemplating whether I'd want a girl/boy; There's no chance -- it's been too long since we got busy; Calculating how much time is left in my run; Counting my steps ....

If you are a mother of two, are an expectant mother, or don't even have kids on the brain ... and are a runner ... YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!! You will relate to this book in so many ways. The book has made me feel that my love of running, and multi-tasking, and trying to jam fifty-million things into my day to make myself feel better ..... is normal. Start shopping here.

There is even a Run Like a Mother Book Tour. Check out the listing here. I'm seriously considering driving to Milwaukee on June 7th if anyone is interested in attending.

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Here is how you can snag your copy of Run Like a Mother:


1 - Become a follower of my blog ... LEAVE A COMMENT


2 - Become a fan of Run Like a Mother: The Book on Facebook ... LEAVE A COMMENT


3 - Share one piece of advice on how you fit it all in (balancing family, work, running, life) ... We can all use more ideas! Your ideas will be shared on a future post on my blog ... LEAVE A COMMENT


4 - Share this giveaway on your blog, twitter or Facebook account ... LEAVE A COMMENT

Enter now through Thursday, April 15th. Winner will be announced on Friday.

54 comments:

  1. I am a follower as Chris

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  2. I am a Run Like Mother Facebook Fan

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  3. Hmmm, how I fit it all in...I am not sure I do that incredibly well. I usually run in the evenings when hubby is home! Sometimes it doesn't work out, so I don't get to run, but I try to make the time atleast 3 days a week.

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  4. I am a fan of RLAM on facebook! Their tour and running schedule sounds busy fun!

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  5. I am a follower and a mother and a runner :-)

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  6. well, Im not a mom yet. Except to my dog. But, I love hearing from mothers advice.

    My advice on how to balance family, dog, husband, job, friends......Make priorities and don't regret making the sacrifices for those priorities.

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  7. running for me is a passion, the one thing that I would share would be that I do my running at night after the kids go to bed. Being home with them all day I need some time for myself, and what better way to end the day than to run and clear my head :-)

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  8. I have just recently learned that I can fit running in to my daily life if I just plan ahead a bit. Today I ran 3 miles on the treadmill while they ate lunch. I had my running bra and shorts on before I even started making lunch! I was ready to roll.
    I couldn't do it most days without my wonderful dear one to help watch the 4 boys for me but even when he is not here, if I prioritize right I can still get in some miles!

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  9. I posted this giveaway to my blog!

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  10. I find with my job, daughter, dog and husband that I really have to plan my runs.

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  11. I'm a follower of your blog!

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  12. Plan the things that are important every day and make sure they happen. This means I'm up early to get a run in so I can focus on the kids when they get up.

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  13. I put your giveaway on my blog.

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  14. I am a fan of the book on FB

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  15. I linked this giveaway on my blog

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  16. Advice - finding time to do it and commit to it - this may mean getting up early but it's worth it.

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  17. I am a fan of FB

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  18. on* facebook.

    I also just followed your blog.

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  19. I dont have any advice to give at the moment. I am a extremely novice runner. I am training for a 5k at the moment. But i will say that i LOVEEE all the good advice from bloggers. Thank you so much for devoting your time to write down all your thoughts and feelings. It REALLY helps me get through the day and motivate me to do bigger things.

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  20. What a cool book!! I follow you :)

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  21. I try to wake up early so I have more time in the day to get things done!!

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  22. Do they have it on mp3? The only reading I get around to is the occasional blog and listening a book on my ipod. But I will definitely put it on my to do list.

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  23. I'm a follower. I've only heard good things about this book!

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  24. I fit running in because I make it a priority. I try to go during lunch at work and although I may take a longer break because of it, I come back feeling better and ready to work harder. Sometimes it's about putting yourself first and knowing that it will pay off on how you perceive yourself and act towards others.

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  25. I fit it all in by running right when I get home from work or when Mike is helping the girls with their homework or I get up at 4 am. I wish I had the magic answer. Consistency has been an issue for me. So now I fit it in where I can! ( I have to admit that I don't run everyday).

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  26. I am new to running and am now a new follower of your blog!

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  27. I am a fan of Run Like a ... on Facebook!

    My advice is to figure out when you run the best and to not make excuses

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  28. I am a friend of Run Like a Mother on Facebook

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  29. My advice - Keep at it - your whole life. Just because you miss a run or eat a cookie don't let that stop you. Being fit is something that has to be part of your life . . . your whole life. Making the right choices, exercising, eating well are life-long choices. And remember - your children don't care if there is dust on the window sills. ;-)

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  30. I will add a link to this give away on my blog. ;-)

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  31. I am new to your blog, but from what I have read so far, it looks awesome! I read the Run Like a Mother Blog every day ~ so inspiring! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  32. I plan, plan, plan! I feel that as long as I can anticipate what might come up, or what we have going for the week, that I can balance everything alot better. I also communicate with my husband on when I would like to run/work out etc, so he is aware and I don't have to feel guilty about it!

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  33. Like everyone else, I plan and make some me time a priority!

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  34. I just became a follower. First time to your site. Excited to follow your blog.

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  35. Giveaway is Linked on my site!

    www.running2sanity.blogspot.com

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  36. I have very limited time to run so I have to fit it into the few hours I have. Being prepared and having all of my gear ready to go the night before is KEY!

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  37. I tweeted about this!
    I would love to give this to a friend of mine. She could really use with raising 5 kids :)

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  38. I'm a fan of RLAM on facebook.

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  39. I just posted this on my blog!

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