July 26, 2010

Run Like A Mother

I'm sure I mentioned one of the reasons (among many) this pregnancy has been hard on me is that I had to give up one of my passions in life - running. Those of you that have followed the blog from the beginning know that I discovered running after I had Lola as I was looking for a way to get in shape. Before this point, I hadn't run since my last soccer game in 1994. When Lola was about 3 months old, I joined a running group and started training for a half marathon. Ever since I've developed a love for running. Very strange I know...something 3 years ago I never thought would come out my mouth.

With that, I've missed running more than words can explain and I'm biting at the bit to get back to it as soon as the baby is born. Not only to help me get back in shape but to help my stress level. Running was always GREAT for my anxiety and also helped my obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, after this pregnancy, I've been nervous that I've fallen so far out of shape that getting back into running will be tough. I've often doubted myself too thinking I won't ever be able to run like I did before and possibly will never really be able to do it again. It's not only a physical commitment but it's a mental commitment and I feel I've lost a lot of my spirit throughout this pregnancy. Anyway, I was thrilled when I found this book "Run Like A Mother". They also have an excellent blog - http://runlikeamotherbook.com/. The book and blog have helped me find the inspiration I need to get back into running. I can't wait for the day when my body will allow. I'll be ready to rock! Here's a good description of the book I found on Amazon. So excited!

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.

5 weeks and counting....

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