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Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Job, Family, or Sanity

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,847 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews

In Run Like a Mother, authors Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea offer both inspirational advice and practical strategies to help multitasking women make running part of their busy lives.

McDowell and Shea understand the various external and internal forces in everyday life that can unintentionally keep a wife--mother--working woman from lacing up her shoes and going for

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Aug 07, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by 2 mom/runners. One is Sarah, the hardcore runner and the other is Dimitry, the go with the flow runner. As I was reading this I realized I related much more to Dimitry than Sarah. If you read Runner's World Magazine or really anything about running, the information in this book isn't really new to you. I wanted to get to the "good" part where they talk about running and being a mom/wife. I mean isn't that what this book is suppossed to be about? I've read all about tempo ...more
Valerie Roberts
This book was just OK. I got it for free as a kindle download, or I would have really been disappointed. I am not a diehard runner or all that experienced, so I was hoping to get some great tips about fitting more running time into my life, along with working full-time and having a family, etc. I didn't really find those tips in this book, although it does give some good music suggestions for your running playlist. Mainly what I got from the book is that the two authors love to run and they get ...more
I really enjoyed reading this inspirational book about two mothers and wives who make time for running in their lives. It was a great motivator for me. After finishing it it the wee hours of the morning - I got dressed and went out for a pre-6am 5K run - a thing I have NEVER done.

I'm not sure it's the greatest how to book. I am a recreational jogger, not a marathon trainer or even a race runner, and some of the terms and lingo went right by me. I think there are probably better, more dumbed down
Feb 22, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh to run like a mother, these mothers anyway. Inspired by my cousin’s success with marathons, having enjoyed the symbiotic Run Like a Mother Facebook site, I asked (my best friend) Amazon to send me a copy. Run Like a Mother, the book, is written by two feminine career athlete/authors who happen also to be wives and mothers. Active (in sports) throughout their lives (not me) they share their love for the nirvana culture of running. We’re talking true running here as in what motivates one to run ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Full disclosure: I'm not a mother or a runner. But I would like to become both of these things, one sooner than the other. I figured that since I have a busy life and mothers have busy lives, maybe this will give me some tips on how to fit running into a life full of other obligations. Also, it was a free download from and I wanted to try out my new e-reader.

This is not a helpful book for a beginner runner. The authors are seasoned runners who have always been athletic and have marat
Jamee Zielke
I came back to edit this review as I am still thinking about this book the next day, and I realized I have to downgrade my rating. This book is actually very discouraging to the recreational/beginner athlete, as both women who wrote this book are ass-letes. They categorize people as "real" runners based on what they wear or don't wear, and talk about pretty fast speeds as "slow", "embarassingly slow". I am feeling very discouraged by what I read in the book, and that is the last thing that a beg ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to start this review by saying that I am finally running again after over 20 years of avoiding this is GOOD!

Now, here's the thing--this book will NOT make you a good runner. This book will NOT help you run a distance you've never run before. This book will NOT change fundamental shortcomings you may have (like being the most unathletic person ever = me). Good, that's out of the way.

This book WILL inspire you to get out there and try. This book WILL motivate you to figure out way
Jenny Garone
Jul 01, 2012 Jenny Garone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Very disappointed that the "how to get moving and not lose your family, job, or sanity" portion of this book must have been edited out. I was really hoping for advice & examples of balancing it all. Instead, there's extensive info on workout clothes, and also advice on how to fart during races (I'm not kidding).

I'm not sure who this book was written for... I don't know anyone who could relate to these authors - both writers for fitness magazines, and runners who fly all over the country for
While there were many parts throughout this book that really made me LOL, there were equal amounts that simply did not apply or were unreasonable for me. In my life, it is entirely impossible to run as frequently or for as long a distance as these two women, so in terms of the title "How to get moving & not lose your family, job or sanity" - there were really no "tips" on how one exactly does that...everyone's life is SO very different. I'm glad there were so many enjoyable parts throughout ...more
I'm really glad I only spent $6 on this.
Its mostly full of anecdotal stories, horribly forced and nonsensical analogies and boasts of PRs. (Personal records)
For a book written by 2 freelance fitness writers, I did not feel like it was particularly well-written. It is not helpful for a beginner runner, as it is written with the assumption that all of the terminology is understood. I don't feel like they ever really get down to the matter of balancing motherhood and running, they just tell their o
Feb 03, 2016 Jacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's do this :)
Aug 20, 2012 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It isn't often that you read a book that creates such a call to action that you'd leap from bed, exhausted from a long day of parenting toddlers and slip on your running shoes for a quick fix. These ladies are not only accomplished athletes they are moms with jobs and passions all fueled by a love and dedication to running. Their honesty and dedication for both is hilarious, completely true and incredibly inspiring.
Michele Costigan
Mar 01, 2013 Michele Costigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish I read this book 3 years ago when i first started running. It is marathon heavy, which is not my goal but also very motivating
Apr 06, 2012 Tricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not entirely sure how to characterize this book. Part of the tagline - "how to get moving" - implies that it's for new runners. But much of the content is aimed more at hard-core serious runners. So perhaps it is more for lapsed runners who need motivation to get back on the road? If so, perhaps I would have felt differently if I'd read it 3 years ago.

At the same time, it seemed much more like personal anecdotes and chatty stories (memoir, perhaps?) than how-to or training advice. For examp
Randi S
Jan 13, 2011 Randi S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After reading "Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity" by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, I feel like I know them personally. It's easy to understand why. They share their "soles" in this book (pardon the pun).
From Sarah just laying it out there from the get-go about her competitive streak (which in no way diminishes her likability but, more likely, enhances it as so many of us *cough* me *cough* have that sa
I started off loving this book. The first few chapters are really inspirational and I continue to draw on them to pull my ass out of bed at 5:30 am to run. The middle was a bit bleh - it became a little bit of a "my history with running" for both authors, which I found a bit boring. I also got annoyed hearing how 9-minute miles were "slow" to them (being very much slower than that). I get that it's all perspective and there are people out there who think my pace is fast, but still . . . it becam ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Shana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These are 2 hardcore marathon runners & the book is about their experiences training for all 150 of them. They are writers in the industry. It's their passion & a wonderful passion at that. Motivated after reading it? Nope. In fact while I'm in the beginning stage of training for my first Ragnar Relay they made me feel like a slow, fat, newbie who ought to call it a day. "Lose the head phones in a race." Ummm no. One of them says your not a runner if you wear specific clothing or if you ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Jacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a mother and a runner (or just thinking of becoming a runner) I say buy this book right now.

Run Like a Mother is like getting a cup of coffee with a great new pal who happens to be a long time lover of your favorite new past time. They have been there, still are there, and not afraid to tell you honestly what it is like to be a mother and runner.

I knew I had to read this book after following their blog and finding a post on potty breaks and running. If they were going to honestly add
I loved this book! I've been following their blog and facebook pages for some time, but hadn't read the book. I've been reading it at night for a couple of weeks and have really enjoyed it. I found that I related most to Dimity, but also appreciate that having two very difference 'voices' as authors means that it will reach a large audience. I've already purchased five copies of this book because I have so many girlfriends and sisters with whom I think the messages of this book will really reson ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Kati rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was the equivalent of a bathroom reader for me. I picked it up if I had just a few minutes - written like a bunch of articles on running thrown into book form, this was easy. Parts of this book were great for the oh-so-beginner runner that is me. But, by the end I was done. There is only so much I can take of people saying how cool they are, especially when what they are so cool at is something that is HARD for me. I guess when I run 10 marathons and have killer gluts and amazing legs ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good listen on Audible!
Carol Meyer
Jan 31, 2016 Carol Meyer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This book was not for me. This book was written for 30 somethings with young children who have always been athletic and who are trying to make room in their lives for running. This book is for marathon runners.

I am a 50-something overweight mother of teenagers whose two athletic claims to fame are that I ran a couple of 5Ks last year and I went to whitewater kayacking camp once.

A book that talks about how 5Ks aren't worth the price of entrance because that's a regular easy morning run for the
I'm a beginning runner so this book was chosen for that reason. There were dome hints and tips that I will certainly be able yo implement soon. Also, I enjoyed the humor of both women. They were candid about many aspects of running and motherhood. I would recommend this to women new to the sport of running. A seasoned veteran would probably not find anything useful here. Good read overall.
Amy Murray
Jun 22, 2011 Amy Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-amy
This book is like the runner's bible for moms. Absolutely loved it! It will probably stay on my nightstand so I can re-read chapters when I need to. Full of practical advice, like how to select the right pair of running shoes, and inspiration to keep getting out there, whether you are a marathon runner or simply jog a few miles here and there each week.
Apr 03, 2011 Librariandee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like being surprised by finding a good recipe in a book. But after reading this book I realize I like finding good song recommendations in books even better. This is a great book filled with lots of practical advice. It motivated me to finally start the couch to 5K app on my iPhone.
Aug 21, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently discovered the Another Mother Runner podcast and LOVE it, so I decided to check out their first book as well...and found it only so-so. I wanted to love it more than I actually did. The back-and-forth-between-authors writing style was jarring to me, and the amount of slang (or really, just cute/cheesy ways of saying different things) made some sections feel really overwrought. On top of that, I feel like this book was really geared towards newer runners, not someone like me who's been ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011, kindle
Trying to get myself motivated to hit the road again - it's fluffy reading, but it worked. A good reminder why I like to run, also that I am human, and it's okay to take some time off (especially if I do some cross-training like yoga or pilates in the meantime.)
Apr 13, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. Written by a super competitive runner and a slow and steady runner which makes for a balanced, approachable read. I enjoyed their candid thoughts on all things running. A must read for any mom who runs or who is considering running.
Mar 30, 2015 Marcyprz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'm not sure what I expected, but this definitely wasn't it. I wanted more about work/life/fitness/motherhood balance and motivation and less about two elite athletes boasting about their marathon times and unhealthy exercise addictions. Really disappointed.
So I got a Kindle for Christmas, and this book was offered as a free download, so I read it. No other good reason than that. And although I detest running in every way, I actually thought about becoming a runner. The thought lasted for about 36 seconds.
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