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