Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Run Like a Mother

Merry Christmas to you! Because yes, yes you read that right. Thanks to the fine authors of Run Like a Mother, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, one of you luckies is going to get your very own copy this Christmas! Woohoo!!

Wait…What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Run Like a Mother? **GASP** GIRL! Let me fill you in...

Run Like a Mother is a book written by and for running mothers. There. Aren’t you so glad I cleared that up? ;-) Seriously though, if you are a running mother or even just thinking about becoming a running a mother (either because you’re thinking about lacing ‘em up or throwing your hat in the motherhood ring), this book MUST be on your nightstand. Or, in my case, my kids’ bathroom. Because really, how many times can you watch your 4 year old who insists on playing until the water gets cold re-enact Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with her little Dora & Diego bath set (which were at one point birthday cake toppers if you’re wondering where I found that). I don’t feel comfortable leaving her unattended just yet despite the fact I’d immediately know something was wrong  if the talking ever ceased for a split second. So I read while supervising, at least sometimes.

But listen now, I feel obligated to be right up front with you. I’ve been a BIG fan of these two authors, Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell for awhile now, sort of by accident. Pretty much every time I finished an article I really dug in Runners’ World, I’d flip back to the beginning to see who wrote it and would find it was one of those two. In fact, now, my standard operating procedure when the magazine arrives goes as follows:

1. Flip to the back page to see who the celebrity runner is (I have no idea why this fascinates me so).

2. Peruse the article titles to see if any catch my fancy (because I apparently double as a duchess, who wears frilly wrist gloves, likes tea at high noon and frequently uses antiquated phrases like “catches my fancy”).

3. Check to see if Dimity or Sarah wrote anything that I didn’t notice at first glance (because it will surely be worth the read).

4. Read the rest (and yes, sometimes in Mommyville that just means I look at all the pictures).

Simply put, in my opinion, both these ladies are fine writers. They have a way of weaving a story that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end and in between, depending on the article, you’ll find yourself giggling like a fool, nodding your head in agreement, or trying to swallow that lump in your throat and wiping that stray tear from your eye that has unexpectedly made its way down your cheek. Sometimes, they'll have you doing all three in the same story. And as someone who (sort of) writes, I have a sincere admiration for what they do. Add to that the fact that they are both running mothers, and yeah, they are tops in my book.

So I guess you can say I expected a good book out of them, and let me tell you folks, they TOTALLY delivered. Everything from the creative way the book is set up, to the ping ponging of essay authorship, the tips that you can take and run with (literally), to the personal stories they share, it’s just that good. Swear.

Looking for a little motivation? Something to get you moving on those days when the couch's call is far too enticing to resist. Well, here you go. I don’t think it’s even possible to read this book not be motivated to go run. In fact, I DARE YOU to read this book, particularly chapter 2, and then NOT run. I DARE YOU. Not. Gonna. Happen. (Unless maybe if you have purposely scheduled yourself an off and/or rest day. That doesn't count. I’m talking an I’ve lost my mojo sort of day).

But what I didn’t expect to like was all the little extras the book has in it. I’ve read books like this before, with little sections, sidebars, lists, etc. within each chapter and quite frankly, it just gets kind of annoying, at least for me. I’m so very easily distractable and can never quite figure out exactly when to read all the little extras and not interrupt the flow of the book. But here’s the thing, these are terrific! This book could have just been ALL extras pieced together and been worth the cover price plus some. One of my very favorite parts of this book are all the comments, which are really nothing less than words of wisdom, from the various running mothers (and there’s a lot of them) that the authors talked to before writing this book. And by “various running mothers” you should know I don’t just mean superstar ridiculously fast running mothers who make a career out of it, although you will find some of those included in the book as well and they are certainly worth listening too, but mostly I’m talking your everyday running mother next door (I almost said average everyday running mother, but I’m sorry. ANY mother who runs is anything BUT average. You can take that to the bank). And somehow hearing from so many other mothers trying to fit running into their already super busy, hectic life makes yours seem a little less so or at the very least a little more normal.

And I know I’m totally going on and on here about this book, but it has easily become number one on my list of running books and come to think of it…I can’t off the top of my head think of any other book I’ve enjoyed this much. Yes, I like it that much. So let’s give one to somebody eh?

We’ll make it a Christmas present. I'll randomly select one winner on Christmas Day to receive their very own copy. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to check back on Christmas Day. I know you’ve got waaaay too much to do to come take a peek at my little old blog so check on the 26th instead).  Here are the rules:

1. You must leave me a comment on this post by 11:59:59PM on December 24th, 2010 letting me know that you’ve done #2 & #3

2. You must be a follower of this blog. (See all the smiling faces in the right sidebar. That’d be where you can do that at.)

3. You must “Like” Run Like a Mother on Facebook, which you can do by clicking here.

Once you’ve left me that comment to let me know you want in and you're a blog follower and FB fan of RLAM, you will be automatically entered in the drawing. For additional entries you can do the following:

Like Secrets of a Running Mom on Facebook (1 additional entry)

Tell me the worst Christmas (or otherwise) present you’ve ever received. Why the worst? Because maybe the worst present you ever received will work out to be one of the best if it scores you this book. Plus we can all get a giggle about the major busts we've smiled and thanked somebody for through the years (2 additional entries).

So there you have it ladies and well...probably mostly just ladies! Good luck!


'Til next time...


P.S. Tomorrow on Secrets of a Running Mom: My latest greatest trick...getting my 4 year old to STAY in bed through running...MY running.

FYI:  Still have 2 more giveaways to come before the end of the year. What ever could they be? Fancy a guess love? (I'm still wearing my gloves).

35 comments:

runnanna said...

OK your highness! You cracked me up yet again! Sounds like a great book. I always love your labels..they are hilarious!

Dimity and Sarah said...

Thank you for all your kind, kind, sweet words, Kelly. We so appreciate it. Merry Christmas to you and your family. :) xo.

Heather said...

I am a follower...I liked Run like a Mother

Heather said...

I liked Secrets of a Running Mom

Heather said...

I once got a used pen with no lid from an aunt in law. :)

Andie said...

Yippy, I was aleady doing 2 and 3

Andie said...

Already liked Secrets of a Running Mom. ;-)

Andie said...

Absolute WORSE Christmas gift... My husband bought me an Ever since I tell him to just give me the money. Don't ask what I got for my birthday

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

I'm a mom of 5 and runner!! Just started following, I do have LIKE on them on my FB. I'd LOVE to read this book!!

gina.snow said...

Your blog cracks me up. :-)
#2 & 3 done.
I love the book and have read it enough to bust the spine, so I need another one - haha!

Worst gift - I was a direct seller for Partylite for 12 years and a family member gave me candle holders and it wasn't a joke - I was convinced it was a regift.

Donna said...

Hi! I'm new to this blogging thing, but your blog really interested me; it's like you know what I'm thinking! I just started running less than 2 years ago and love it! However I have had little to no motivation since I did my first half marathon in September and I feel guilty that I'm putting myself first. I know I should have a goal, but with the stress of Christmas it is hard... I really could use that book!

As for my worst Christmas gift, I'd have to say almost anything my mother gets me... Last year I got faceclothes! The year before she gave me a skirt that was too small. She told me if it didn't fit to give it to my aunt!! I gave these items to goodwill btw!

Girl (running) in the dark said...

I am already a follower of your blog and run like a mother on facebook :)

Girl (running) in the dark said...

I like secrets of a running mom on facebook too!

Girl (running) in the dark said...

Worst Christmas gift-some half used bath products (from my ex-sister in law). You could visibly tell it had already been used too!

Rachel said...

I like you on FB and GFC :)

runningrachel AT hotmail.com

Running Rachel said...

Worst Christmas gift? A woman from church gave my husband and I a USED pancake flipper appliance (with pancake bits still in it)!!

RunningRachel said...

I like Secrets of a RUnning mom on facebook.

Running Rachel said...

CHristmas entry (2)

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

I like RLAM on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I like Secrets Of A Running Mom on Facebook.

momwifefitnesslife said...

I follow you and like RLAM on FB too!

momwifefitnesslife said...

I like Secrets...on FB too!

Rachel said...

Love your blog! I just became a follower.

Rachel said...

I like RLAM on facebook!

Liz said...

I've been a follower for a while, and I've finished #1 and #2... that doesn't sound very appropriate...

Liz said...

I would have to say it's tough to choose what my worst Christmas gift was. I've had a few, all from my mother-in-law. My first Christmas with my husband (then boyfriend) and her, I received peach flavored heat up when you blow on it personal lubricant. Last year I got Feminine Deodorant Spray from her, and the year I had my son, she gave me personal cleansing wipes for "all the days you don't bathe" (her words. And for the record, I bathe every day...)
As my best friend says, I think my MIL is obsessed with my lady parts. Each year, I'm terrified to open my presents from her, but my girlfriends love taking bets as to what product I will get for my nether region.

Liz said...

just went to like you on fb... I forgot I already did. :)

Heather said...

I'm a follower and I “Like” Run Like a Mother on Facebook!

Heather said...

I Like Secrets of a Running Mom on Facebook!

Stacie said...

I have had several Christmas gifts "returned" to me from my Grandma. Twice my Grandma has given me back things I have given to her as previous Christmas gifts. She's 90 so you have to love her.

Jennifer Jones said...

Nothing like waiting until the last minute! At least I didn't do that with my Christmas shopping!
I'm a follower of the blog and like Run Like a Mother and SOARM on FB.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Paula said...

I am a blog follower.

Paula said...

I like Run Like a Mother on Facebook.

Paula said...

I like Secrets of a Running Mom on Facebook.