Monday, July 11, 2011

A Must Read Women Runners! And An Awesome Giveaway!

"Great book! It was one of the first books that I read when I started running.  Loved the humor and how realistic those ladies are about running and life--I guess they have plenty of experience."  Marisa Olsen

"Funny, warm, wise, real, engaging, smart and sensible--Run Like a Mother is everything you want in a running buddy on the road or on your bookshelf." --Tish Hamilton, executive editor, Runner's World.


"Run Like a Mother is like a good, long run--invigorating, clarifying, empowering, and essential.  Dimity and Sarah tap into the core of motherhood, friendship, and fitness and remind all of us like-minded sisters exactly why it matters so much.  The pages tick by like miles logged with a fit and favorite friend." --Kristin Armstong 




Run Like A Mother.  I see it everywhere.  This eye catching yellow book with the great cover.  The one that every woman seems to be talking about in the running community. I've read your reviews and giveaways for it and I've seen the t-shits and hats.  I've had so many of you recommend it, including the staff at Portland Running company and other running stores.  I know of friends that have been interviewed for it.  But, I've only just now finally read the book and I can honestly say that I LOVE it!  I can't believe that I waited so long to read this book!  As I sit down this morning with my coffee and time alone to really focus on the book that everyone has been talking about for so long, I am realizing how truly "Right On" it is! And not just for mothers but for women runners of all walks of life.  Don't let the title fool you...if you are a woman and you call yourself a runner, I am certain you will enjoy this book!

Run Like a Mother is written by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea but what I think is most brilliant about this book is that Dimity and Sarah have truly captured not only their words and thoughts but the voice of so many women runners and mothers.  They have asked and listened to our voices, stories, advice, struggles and joys as runners and they make our voice heard...the voices of so many women...sisters, daughters, mothers, girlfriends...YOU!  There is something for everyone here and they write about topics that we all think about and deal with as running women and mothers.

This book is written in a fun, sassy, REAL, raw and personal voice and when you are reading it, it is like having a cup of coffee and a down-to-earth chat with a close girlfriend.  I have found myself earmarking, highlighting, laughing, and feeling that "I'm not the only one!" feeling as I dapple in each of the chapters.  I especially love that the chapters are short and easy to read in snippets of time (perfect for the busy mother/woman). Of course there are many of you that will want to read this book from cover-to-cover or in one sitting. They break each chapter up with interesting and catchy subtitles, fun and relatable topics and advice, and quotes from so many of us!  Part of every chapter you will find:

  • Practical Motherly Advice--advice about so many relevant topics like fueling, hydration, strength training, cross training, gear, shoes, hill running, trail running, bras and oh so much more!
  • Mother Runner quotes from all of you that were interviewed for this book.  Your voice!
  • Personal stories that we can relate to 
I love how the chapters are broken up to include different pieces of information.  There are 26 chapters...love how they did this....think Marathon here people!  My favorite part about each chapter (except 26) is that they end with a ".2" section...again, think Marathon.  I enjoy just flipping to the end of each chapter at random times during my busy week and reading the ".2's"...they are separate, fun and useful little write-ups tacked on to the end of the chapters that can be read as part of the chapter or like I do, read them alone.  I've even found myself tagging them to go back to for reference.  Here are some of my favorite ".2's":
  • A Long Playlist for Running Long--I wish I would have seen this BEFORE my last marathon!
  • Songs We Won't Admit Until Now--That We Listen To
  • If You Give a Mom a Pair of Running Shoes and 40 Kid-Free Minutes (inspired by the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff)
  • Marathon Foods That Go the Distance
  • A Few of My Favorite Things
  • My Running Neurosis...don't we all have certain things we obsess about?  
  • This Is My Brain on a Run...this one was so funny!
The authors asked their readers about so many relevant topics and they included your answers for all of us to read, learn from, and relate to! Here are some of the topics they include in the Motherly Advice sections.  These are great to go back to again and again.
  • When do you prefer to run?
  • Mantras
  • Favorite pieces of running clothing or outfits
  • When do you know when it is time for a new pair of kicks?
  • Favorite pieces of gear
  • Music that fires you up
  • Favorite speed and distance workout
  • Best cross-training workout
  • Most memorable races
  • Fuel for running
  • Running during pregnancy
  • Post pregnancy running
  • Injury and time away from running
If you haven't read this book and you are a woman, a mother, a runner, or all three of these things, I would make sure that this is a book you own!  It is a perfect gift for a runner friend...either someone new to running, a seasoned runner who is new to motherhood, or even seasoned running friends that may or may not be mothers!

And Here is your chance to OWN it Ladies! Along with some cool Run Like a Mother Sweaty Bands!
Dimity and Sarah are giving away a copy of the Run Like a Mother book and a sweaty band of your choice to TWO winners.  Got that?  Two of you will get a book and a sweaty band!  Pretty sweet deal! 

I'll keep this giveaway open for two weeks since we're talking TWO here.  So I'll announce a winner chosen by random.org on July 26, 2011!  

Mandatory:
*  Tell us why you want to win this giveaway. 
*  Check out Another Mother Runner website/blog and tell us what kind of sweaty band you like the best.   

Optional and extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
*  "like" Runninghood on facebook and/or follow Runninghood blog
*  Share this giveaway by blogging, facebook, tweeting, etc.  

Amanda


P.S.  Some of you have heard me talk about The Art of Runninghood...well, it has evolved into something different than I think many of you think it is.  My mom and and I have started a mother/daughter site called The Art of Runninghood.  It is so much more than art...especially the Sticklete Runner art...this is just a small part of it.  Although it will be a site for us to sell art and other things (eventually artsy Runninghood hats and t-shirts), it is also a blog about so much more.  If you enjoy my reflective, insightful, and even spiritual posts on life and motherhood then I think you will really enjoy The Art of Runninghood.  Please check it out, share it if you like it, and help us grow by putting us on your blogrolls. It is lonely over there. We need a community! Thanks for helping us get it started!  The first post explains it all!  

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  3. I also "liked" Run Like A Mother on FB

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  4. And I "liked" Runninghood on FB too!

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  5. Hi! I am new to your blog and to bloggy world in general!

    I would love to win this -this book sounds perfect for me. I an a mom of a 2 year old while working, being a wife and training for a half Ironman in August (my 2nd of the year, along with a bunch of sprint tris and running races).

    Also I live the chartreuse BAMR band -it rocks!

    Thank you!

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  6. Ok--I have seen this book in my bookstore and have pondered picking it up--it sounds like a great motivator for me--especially the humor. I would love to get this book!

    I like the black with hot pink BAMR band!

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  7. I liked Runninghood on Facebook!

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  8. I liked Run Like a Mother on Facebook, too!

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  9. I've read the book. Loved it!!
    I would love to share it with another mommy who recently started running and since I just can't part with mine......

    (I think I'd keep the headband for myself!)

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  10. It is so funny that your post is about "Run Like a Mother"! I just ordered this book yesterday from Amazon.com! I just started running again & thought it would be a fun read! I'd love to win a copy to share with a friend!

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  11. I like Run like a Mother on FB too!

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  12. Oops! I forgot to pick a headband! Any of them are adorable, but black/pink is my fav!

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  13. I want this book, it sounds right up my alley. I love reading other mom runner tips.

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  14. I want to win this giveway because I am a perpetual learner! I love to read and especially with my love for running, I want to learn more. Just checked out the "Another Mother Runner" site and I like the black w/ aqua band. - Michelle @ The Cooking Life

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  15. Just "liked" the Run Like a Mother facebook page! - Michelle @ the Cooking Life

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  16. Just tweeted the giveaway! - Michelle @ The Cooking Life

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  17. This book looks like something my wife would really enjoy. She has started running this year and we try to find the balance with our kids and running.

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  18. She would like the

    AMR sweaty band - Fuchsia

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  19. If anything, I'd have to be a Bad-Ass Mother Runner.

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  20. I just bought this book a few weeks ago and I cannot put it down!! I do love the headbands, espicially the black & aqua band.

    www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh, rats, I already have the book but those are cool bands. Oh, well. :)

    I haven't finished reading it, but you're inspiring me to pick it up again.

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  22. I want to win this giveaway because I've been putting off reading this book for TOO long! It looks excellent!

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  23. I like the pink sweaty band.

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  24. i want to win this giveaway b/c i've already read all the running books my library has and I want to read this one too!! =)

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  25. i like Another Mother Runner sweaty band in pink...and i like blue....and really any color would be great! ha! Those are so cute!

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  26. i already like Run Like a Mother the bk on fb

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  27. i already like runninghood on fb

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  28. Even though I already own this book on my Nook and absolutely love it, I am entering because I would love to share it with a running friend (which is one of the down falls of the Nook... it's hard to share).

    My Sweaty Band of choice would be the AMR Sweaty Bands: Black with Purple.

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  29. I already "like" Run Like a Mother: The Book on Facebook and love following the posts.

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  30. I already "like" Runninghood on Facebook. Keep up the great work! I love reading little tidbits from other runners throughout the day.

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  31. I have the book myself but I really want to win a copy for my friend Jackie who just told me yesterday that she wants to start running!! Yay!

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  32. I like the blue another mother runner headband

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  33. I like Runninghood on FB (Randi S)

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  34. I would love to win this giveaway because I think it would be great to relate and learn from fellow female runners. Although I am not a mother I feel the information would be incredibly beneficial.

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  35. I love the bright colored sweaty bands.

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  36. Ooooh... I was going to put this book on my birthday list, but winnning it would be better! Can't get to the AMR website right not - it's blocked and marked as "threatening" by my work computer :(

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  37. I follow runninghood. You should do an additional entry for following art of runninghood! So, are you sticking with 1 wordpress and 1 blogspot?

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  38. I follow Runninghood and have liked on FB, I have liked Run Like a Mother on FB as well for a bit- love their posts! I would LOVE to have this book because there is no one else who knows what a mother thinks and feels more than another mother!!! The constant battle between being a good wife, mother, friend, daughter, and professional (I am a teacher). AND I try to throw runner into that mix!!! I love the Badass Mother Runner and would love for folks to read that headband when I breeze past them in a race! Love the idea of the velvet! So smart!

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  39. I want this book because my first marathon is in October-the Nike womens- and I need some mid training motivation- STAT. I borrowed this book once, fell in love but had to give it back. I want my own to puruse when I need my mojo back. Which is now.I need to remind myself why I love to run and who I am and this book has all of that and more.

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  40. I love the badass mother sweaty band. love.

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  41. I wanna win because I'm a mother runner!! This is an awesome giveaway - I've never heard of the book or the sweaty bands. pretty sweet

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  42. I'd get the A MOTHER RUNNER in black with purple

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  43. blogged it - http://dailyvitaminf.blogspot.com/2011/07/total-giveaway-tuesday-21_12.html

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  44. What an awesome giveaway! Would love a chance to win this book and a purple sweaty band! Thanks!

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  45. I would love to win this giveaway because I feel I would be able to relate to it on all the levels that Mothers before me have when they read this. I think I would get so much out of it!

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  46. I "like" Run Like a Mother on FB

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  47. I "like" Runninghood on FB too! :)

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  48. i'd dig a light blue sweaty band

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  49. I am a mother, I run and I love reading any kind of self help books for both!!

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  50. I added this giveaway to my blog!

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  51. I like the black with aqua!

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  52. I "like" you on facebook already!!

    P.S. On their site I like the AMR black/purple sweaty band the best, I forgot to say that in my first comment! Sorry!!!!

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  53. I thought this bookm would be for "Moms", but since you said it is for all women runners, I would love to read!

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  54. I like the BAMR black/pink band!

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  55. And, liked AMR on FB as well!

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  56. I would love to win this giveaway because I need some inspiration/motivation in the running department!

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  57. I like the "badass mother runner" headband!

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  58. I like Run Like a Mother on FB!

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  59. Shared the giveaway on my FB!

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  60. I want to win because I keep hearing how amazing this book is!

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  61. I would love to win that book, because 1) I love to read, 2) I love running, and 3) I am a mother :)

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  62. I like the BAMR in black/aqua. I'd actually give it to my friend Jenn because she is obsessed with "Run Like a Mother" and it would match her t-shirt.

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  63. I would like the BAMR Sweaty Bands:
    Black with Hot Pink - but they all have great colors :)

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  64. I already like Run like a Mother Book on facebook :)

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  65. I like Runninghood on facebook :)

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  66. I shared your giveaway on facebook :)

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  67. I totally want to win this book because I find RLAM truly inspirational to all running moms/women AND I am training for my first marathon. I have heard it's a "must read".

    I went to the site and I would LOVE the black badass mother headband with aqua letters!

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  68. I "like" runninghood on FB!

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  69. I posted the giveaway on my blog

    runningwiththegirls.blogspot.com

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  70. I am a follower and I would LOVE to win this book. I am a first time Momma to our little 16 month old Ruby and just picked up running this year. I am loving the parallels of life and running. I am loving the change in my body getting stronger and leaner. I am loving getting away to be on my own and renew my mind and body to come back home to be a better wife and Momma. I WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK because I want to learn more from other Mother runners. I want to be encouraged to keep going and not stop.

    jessicaikiehn at yahoo dot com

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  71. Visited their site and I would like the "Another Mother Runner" head band!

    jessicaikiehn at yahoo dot com

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  72. I would love to win this book - I am a running mother, have been blogging about running and motherhood and womanhood and wifehood for years and would love to read this girls' take on it. I would love the purple BAMR band - t's gorgeous!

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  73. I "liked" Run like a mother on FB.

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  74. I "liked" Runninghood on FB and I follow - and would do both wtihout a giveaway. And also - just think - if I do win this you wouldn't need to ship it to me - you could give it to me over lunch in August!

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  75. I would love to read this book, and the pink and black headband is my favorite!

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  76. I would love to win this book!! I too have seen it and just the title and the cover would make me want to read it, but now that you have talked about it it makes me want to read it even more! I am training for my first marathon so I'm soaking up all the tips and information I can get my hands on!

    PS - I'm a new follower of this blog!

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  77. I like Run Like a Mother: The Book on facebook

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  78. I posted a link to this giveaway on the sidebar of my blog: www.therunningcook.blogspot.com

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  79. I would like the light blue band, really cute!

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  80. I would like to win this book because I am finding that as much as I appreciate the solitude of running that I am looking for even more community within my running. I kno that reading a book isn't actually building community, but it's a step to becoming more a part of the larger running world.

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  81. I LOVE this book! Would love to share it with a friend!!

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  82. I like the Another Mother Runner sweatband...what can I say, my five year old can read now, not sure I want him repeating the other one! :) Even though, I think its great!

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  83. I want to win this giveaway because i need all the encouragement I can get while training for my first half marathon. :) Fingers crossed!

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  84. I would order the light blue sweaty band. It will match my Brooks Launch shoes. :)

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  85. I like Run Like A Mother:The Book on facebook!

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  86. I follow this Runninghood blog, LOVE it!

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  87. I'm just getting back into running, and could definitely use some help. I feel like I'm struggling more than I should be which is not making it fun at all!

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  88. I would love to win this giveaway because I try to be a running mother and would love some tips on how to make it work with all the demands of life. I love the chartreuse sweaty band. Awesome!

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  89. I liked "Run Like a Mother" on Facebook!

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