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In Run Like a Mother, authors Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea offer both inspirational advice and practical strategies to help multitasking women make running part of their busy lives. From their own personal experiences described in the book, the authors understand the various external and internal forces in everyday life that can unintentionally keep a wifemotherworking woman from lacing up her shoes and going for a run. Run Like a Mother is driven by their own running expertise and real-world experiences to assure today's woman that she can be a runner. The book is essentially a down-to-earth, encouraging conversation with the reader on all things running, with the overall goal of strengthening a woman's inner athlete. Answering questions not addressed by other running books, Run Like a Mother covers topics like: how to find the time between conference calls to get out for a run, how to convince your husband that he should take care of the kids on Saturday mornings so you can train (and not feel guilty about doing it), how running can help post-partum depression, how to actually believe you can run even if you were the slowest kid in the class, how to deal with lulls in energy and motivation when you've been up with a sick kid for four nights straight, and much much more.Of course, real achievement is a healthy mix of inspiration and perspiration, which is why the authors have grounded Run Like a Mother in a host of practical tips on shoes, training, racing, nutrition, and injuries, all designed to help women balance running with their professional and personal lives.
A dedicated if not natural runner, Dimity McDowell writes regularly about sports and fitness for a range of magazines, including Runner's World and ESPN: The Magazine. She lives and runs (at 5,280 feet) in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Grant, two kids, and two dogs.
A veteran of eight marathons with a competitive streak a mile long, Sarah Bowen Shea is a freelance writer specializing in fitness, health, gear, and parenting. She contributes to a variety of publications, including Shape, SELF, Runner's World, Whole Living, and the New York Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Jack, and three young children, including boy-girl twins.