Ok, first, I'm not a mom. Kind of feel like one sometimes though. Clients with lots of questions. Constant juggling of 40+ people's schedule around each others. Email. Blog. Website. Starting a second business. Facebook Fan page. Blah, blah, blah. . .
But I do run! And I have clients who are moms and/or want to run. So, I gotta say, for inspiration, motivation and down right funny advice on blending motherhood and running, pick up of Run Like A Mother, Hot to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity. Even if you don't have kids, co-authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell offer girlfriend-style advice on all things running related. . . How to pick the right shoes and sports bra. Why low-carb diets suck for runners. Tips on training for an event. Even why a little cross-training nookie with your significant other is a good idea.
Part humor, part reality, the book is all about women who dream of, want to, or just plain need to run. Even though the title sounds like it's just for the Mommy-set, it goes beyond that. Sure it talks about pregnancy, sleepless nights, motivation, negotiating schedules with spouses. But really, with the exception of the baby-on-board section, the lessons taught can apply to all women.
There are essays from each author plus quotes from contributing running moms, all sharing tips and insights. I particularly like chapter 3. Mental Toughness: Training My Brain. As a certified personal trainer and lifestyle weight management coach, I'm always trying to prod my clients to that place where they tap their internal fountains of greatness. We need to take time to sweat. Push ourselves so we see just how strong we are. Clear our minds and see things for what they are. With exercise we are better people for it. Not a superior-than-thou better, but calmer, saner, more balanced, better. If you have those traits you are better able to deal with what life throws your way.
A lot of women I work with say, "I don't have time to exercise!" to which I reply, "Think you don't have time to exercise? That's exactly the time you need to!" And a really simple way to get moving is to run. Ok, maybe jogging and walking to start. But beyond a good pair of shoes and maybe a contain-the-girls sports bra, no membership or special equipment is required. You can do it anywhere at any time. You will find the time if you want to. But don't take my word for it. Go for a run with Sarah, Dimity and crew, and Run Like a Mother!