Monday, April 2, 2012

Train Like a Mother book review

Train Like a Mother is the second book by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.  In their first book, Run Like a Mother they tackled subjects like gear, nutrition, and fitting fitness into motherhood in a funny, conversational manner.  Both books read like a chat with your best running girlfriend.



Train Like a Mother includes 9 training plans- Dimity & SBS are careful to point out that they did not design these plans.  Each plan includes runs that you absolutely must do.  Hire a babysitter, bribe your spouse, reorganize your life any way you need to- just get these done.  But, they also include workouts that you are allowed to blow off.  I like this flexibility.  Sometimes we all wake up and just can't face the idea of running one more time... it's nice to know that this particular 3 miles will not make or break my race.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  Many training manuals are a little too serious for me.  I really LIKE running... I'm not always in serious training mode. Even when I am training, I still have family responsibilities and enjoy cross-training.  Dimity & SBS have done a great job of writing a book with useful information while remembering that we run for many reasons.  Sometimes we are training, sometimes we're preserving a shred of sanity, and sometimes we're just having fun.

Dimity & SBS each share their favorite playlists.  I believe that Dimity & I are kindred spirits when it comes to our iPods.  (Dimity- thanks for the reminder to put "Closer to Fine" back on my iPod)

In all honesty, I knew I was going to like this book right at the beginning.  The ladies included one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies...




My advice?  
Get the book, plan a run, get some girlfriends, get some endorphins.  
After all, we don't want to shoot our husbands.

You can connect with Dimity & SBS and a lot of other Mother Runners here on facebook.

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