Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Train Like A Mother

I am sick. When I was at my doctor appointment I asked (in this order) "when can I run?" and "oh, when can I go back to work?"...priorities.

So since I have been runless the last two days, I thought I would write a little review for the new Train Like a Mother book. I kinda felt like a rock star when one of the authors, Sarah Bowen Shea, contacted me to invite me to a meet and greet happy hour before the book reading at Powell's. Unfortunately I could not get away from the fam early enough to make the happy hour. I did get to Powell's for the reading though. It was great to be in a room packed with mom-runners.

SBS at Powell's

When I got my copy signed I mentioned that I was "Jess from the Mommymiles"...she gave me a blank stare, so maybe I am not quite as big a deal as I first thought? Or perhaps, she had a few other things on her mind, like this was her big night?

My very own signed copy!
Either way, I was thrilled to leave with my copy in hand and have not been able to put it down since. Here are a few of the things I love about this new book:
  • It's an easy read. I've read several training guides before, and I get lost in all the terms or bored with just reading the facts. Train Like a Mother is loaded with facts but also is funny and a quick read. 
  • I love that they present two plans for each distance. No matter where you are in your running, you can find something that works for you. 
  • LOVE that they include an optional drop day during the training week. We all know life throws curve balls (pause, while I blow my nose...thanks for the sick curve ball) so it is nice to know that you can forgo a workout and it doesn't throw your training.
  • Following every training plan in the book is a breakdown of all the important information. These bullets explain all that you need to know in order to execute the plan. No chance you'll be confused by the terminology.
  • Other important topics such as nutrition, or recovering from an injury are covered. 
  • Don't let the title fool you, any runner (with or without kiddos) could glean something from this read. Granted much of the humor is directed towards us mom folks, but the running plans and facts are for all runners. 
 I would 100% recommend this training book for you or as a gift (wink wink, nudge, nudge) for the runner in your life. 



  1. Apparently this book is a big deal.... The title initially threw me off (as I have no kids) but I'm thinking about ordering it now after so many blogger friends have given it rave reviews. :)

    Thanks for the info!

    1. Crystal, seriously it is worth the read. Their first book "Run Like a Mother" is great to. It covers all the basics, what every runner should now. I still refer back to it.

    2. I bought it....and I am just about to start it. Thanks!

  2. I've been putting if off, but I think I will have to purchase both books. Great review! Thanks.

  3. Ah, I was there too! Did we see each other or did i give you a blank stare too?? Ha! :) I haven't read the book but really should.