A few months ago, I received a review copy of “Run Like a Mother,” a new fitness-related mom book (if you didn’t gather that from the title) that I was looking forward to reading.
But as you might understand, life got busy and reading became a very low priority on my list.
Thankfully, the book is an easy read, set up more like a reference and inspiration, than a heavy duty fitness book that you need to read cover to cover in order to glean any sort of helpful information.
The authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell are both seasoned moms and runners, and in this book, they share their experience and advice about everything – from specific running related information like training, music, gear to mom-related tidbits, like marriage, pregnancy, and children.
Interspersed with their friendly, conversational, and very open stories are insets with advice and tips from real moms and runners, a feature that I deeply appreciated.
And the chapters are short and very much to the point – if you’ve got a question about running while pregnant, you can hop right to that chapter and get what you’re looking for (and more) in a few minutes. It’s not necessarily a book full of insets and bullet points, without any actual personality. There’s definitely that too – and you’ll appreciate it.
But you can tell that they’re moms and they wrote this knowing how crazy moms’ schedules can be.
I’d say this is the perfect book for starting runners, or even folks like me who have been running for a year, done a few races, but could still learn from “the experts.” I would have loved to have had this book when I was just starting my 5k training. Thankfully, I have a lot of friends and neighbors who are runners who imparted their wisdom, but this book really gives you the lowdown on the nitty gritty that you might not know until after you’ve started your training or had your first race.
I’m not sure someone who’s an experienced long-time runner would appreciate it as much, not because it’s not a great book, but because I imagine much of the information and advice that is shared (and there is a lot of it) would not pertain to them.
I do suppose they’d do their fair share of head nodding, which can always be a nice.
I should warn you, however, that the book may inspire you to run a marathon.
But on the flip side, I love how it doesn’t make you feel guilty if that’s just not your thing and a 10k or half marathon or even a 5k is more your speed, and for that I thank the authors.
You get the sense that these women wrote this to impart their wisdom and share in the strong community of mom runners as opposed to show us how smart, fit, and fantastic they are.
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