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

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,302 ratings  ·  342 reviews
In Run Like a Mother, authors and creators of Another Mother Runner, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea offer both inspirational advice and practical strategies to help multitasking women make running part of their busy lives.
Run Like a Mother is driven by their own running expertise and real-world experience in ensuring that running is part of their lives.
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Garone
Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 race
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 the ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, fitness, 2011
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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Michele Costigan
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed with this book--I much preferred Train Like a Mother for its specific advice on accomplishing running goals. This book was a memoir of the two authors' running careers (and lives, eg. one author's marriage, divorce and remarriage story).

Finally, looming LARGE for me, in the clothing chapter there is NO information on running in REAL winter. The authors' advice? Never succumb to wearing full tights. Capris will suffice. Yeah right, at -20?!? Frost blisters are a real issue
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running
Why is it that running books by women can make me laugh aloud and tear up?
Randi S
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 wear sun ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Kati Atwood
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Amy Murray
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.)
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book gave me the courage to call myself a runner and to get out there in the early morning light with some trainers and lycra. I love it and am getting their next one, Train Like a Mother, the moment it releases.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Bits of fun and inspiration

I picked this up while trying to decide on my next running goal and enjoyed the perspectives of these two seasoned runners and fellow mothers. Nothing earth-shattering, but an enjoyable read for the mother-runner.
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