I’m really excited to share with everyone that I’ve started an online community on Facebook called Mommy Strong Fitness. The premise behind the community is to join together like-minded women for support and encouragement on their journey to develop stronger bodies, stronger minds and strong relationships with their families.
Of course, the success of such a community relies on the members of that community to actively participate and share. I hope that you’ll join me on Facebook and help me encourage moms to get Mommy Strong for themselves and their families. And while you’re there, you’ll be uplifted and encouraged too! Sounds like a win-win in my book.
“Mommy, can you help me with my pink sparkly headband?” asked my four-year-old daughter Addison.
“Sure, sweetie. Here, put it around your neck like a necklace first. Good. Now, we need to pull it up over your forehead,” I said as I helped her put on her glittery hot pink headband.
“When I’m a mommy and I’m all grown up, I’m going to wear pink sparkly headbands all the time when I run races like you, mommy,” she said as she smiled up at me.
And that’s why I head out for a run after working eight-plus hours at my desk job and not seeing the kids since 7:30 that morning. Those 45 minutes when I’m out running–and not home with them–isn’t taking anything away from them. It’s actually giving them additional years with me as a healthy mom and hopefully giving them extra years to their lives because they’ll continue in a healthy lifestyle as adults.
13.1 and 26.2 car decals—tacky or awesome?
Do you have one?
Is 26.2 more socially acceptable than 13.1?
Does 13.1 signify half-assed attempt or rock-star in training?
Check out www.runningday.org for inspiration, local running meet ups and to share in the fun that is Running Day. You can also create your custom I Run badge and share with your Facebook and Twitter friends. And if you tweet, follow @runningday and check out the #runningday tweets.
to redefine my limits
to prove to myself that I can
to feel strong
to feel alive
to be healthy
to lose weight
to wear cute running clothes
to wear un-cute running clothes (hydration pack, anyone?)
to give my pasty skin a little sun-kissed color
outside in the rain and snow
outside when it’s 90 degrees or 20 degrees
to escape the chaos of twins
as a stress-buster
to be an example for my kids
to inspire others to improve their health
for the camaraderie
to keep my sanity
because I can.
Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity
by Dimity McDowell, Sarah Bowen Shea, McDowell, Dimity, Shea, Sarah Bowen
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 a run. Because the authors are multihyphenates themselves, Run Like a Mother
is driven by their own running expertise and real-world experience in ensuring that running is part of their lives.More than a book, Run Like a Mother
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.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. (Goodreads.com summary
I saw this book listed on a friend’s Goodreads page last year, and decided I had to read it. Hello…it is about mothers who run. That’s totally me!
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a solid 3. As a writer, I notice the quality of writing in what I read. And this book just didn’t bring it on that front. I’d describe the writing as lackluster at best. The authors sprinkled the text with mothering metaphors, but I felt they were forced rather than authentic. Lastly, I didn’t find that the book actually delivered what the summary promised. I didn’t find any really great wisdom or advice on how to balance training with my career, mothering and wife-ing gigs.
However, I kept reading the book because the content was inspiring. While it didn’t help me find ways to easily incorporate running into my daily schedule, it motivated me to find the time and make it happen. Which, I suppose, is better anyway since every mom’s life is a little different and will require a customized approach.
I appreciated the quotes from marathon moms sprinkled throughout the book, and the last chapter, “Why I Run,” was particularly awesome.
If you’re a running geek, I recommend this book. If you’re just someone who runs a few times a week to stay in shape, it’s probably not for you.