I am not a mother, nor will I be one anytime soon. I promise! However, Run Like a Mother by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell had some great running inspiration for any female runner.
Yes, there were many references to having kids, families, birthing etc. but I was able to apply their tips to my busy schedule, even if my “busy” is a little bit different than theirs. I found myself craving a run while reading, even during my 6am flight to surprise Matt for his birthday. It might be the only reason I stuck with my training all through Christmas break. Whatever does it for ya, right?
I really enjoyed how each chapter covered a different aspect of being a runner, for beginners to advanced. Additionally each chapter was scattered with segments that were brief extras, such as their favorite running playlists, quick quotes from real running mothers on a variety of topics, etc. I really enjoyed these segments, but I did not enjoy their placement. Sometimes they would pop up right in the middle of a story by Sarah or Dimity and it was distracting.
They surveyed over 100 women who run and did a great job of incorporating their experiences, since running is different for everyone. They were very blunt and had a lot of real talk, which I loved.
Part of my motivation to run now is so that it becomes a habit for the rest of my life. Once it becomes a habit, I know how to get in shape for when I become a whale when babies enter the picture (years and years from now!). If I wait, I’ll be a new mother and a new runner and knowing myself, I would push running to the side if I didn’t already love it. Yup, I’m a planner. I found myself thinking about my future as I read. I definitely want to be an active mom as a role model to my kids and this book helped me think about what to expect wayyyyy down the road.
No one associated with Run Like a Mother asked me to do this review, I simply rented it from the library and wanted to share my thoughts. Unfortunately I do not have a copy to giveaway but…
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