Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving—and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity
The title pretty much says it all. When you’re a mother, a runner and working (or at home working as a full-time mom!), it can get a tad tricky to squeeze it all in. Okay, darn near impossible to squeeze it all in. (That’s why we’re creating a whole new website to tackle how to do so!) In Run Like a Mother, authors Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea give real (and sometimes hilarious) advice—from experience. These two gals are hard-core runners (I met Dimity at this event and was wowed by her quads), but don’t let that scare you non-marathoners off. The book gives both inspirational advice and practical strategies to help multitasking women make running part of their busy lives.
What I liked most about the book is that it wasn’t just about working out. The authors shared their struggles with post-pregnancy weight-loss, sleep deprivation and depression, while also celebrating family and running for all that it has to offer, including enriching your life and your relationships. Like I said, the book is definitely heavily centered on running though and not overall fitness. Whether you win your age division at races or just hope to finish (or, heck, run down the block), this book can get you there in a balanced way. —Jenn