*I was given a copy of the book See Mom Run for review. All opinions are my own.*
I’ve been running for almost 20 years, yes, I am THAT old. I started running when I was 18 years old when I went off to college and put on the “freshman 15″… make that the “freshman 20”. I didn’t see running as enjoyable and to be honest it didn’t take off any weight for me, but it kept me in shape cardiovascularly. I was sporadic at best and pretty much ran around an indoor track every night to watch this one guy I had a crush on play basketball. There is a lot to say for eye candy as motivation.
Fast forward 4 years, I graduate college, move out on my own. Meh, I’m running here and there, but again nothing significant. I can’t even remember my first race, I think it was a 5k or a 10k that I know I didn’t train for. I’m not even sure I knew what “training” was for. Every year I would go spectate the Boston Marathon and think how CRAZY they were for running that far.
Four years later I’m joining the military and running is becoming an every day part of my life. And I’m actually starting to enjoy it. Still no major races except for a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here and there.
I finally run my first half marathon three months before I become pregnant with Mini #1. If I recall, I didn’t really TRAIN. I don’t ever remember having a training plan, watch, good running clothes (pretty sure I was still wearing cotton), nothing. Bare bones the way running is “supposed” to be. The cheapest sport out there right?
Twenty years later from the start of my “running”, I’ve now run 8 Half marathons, 2 marathons (soon to be 3) and a handful of 5k’s, 10K’s, 10 milers and other random distances and I’ve even become a certified running coach! I’ve come a long way!
My running really changed when I became a mom though. I felt like I lost part of my identity and needed something that was just for ME. When I look back to my running after baby #1 was born, I still had not a clue on how to train, WHAT crosstraining was, how to eat/fuel properly, etc. It would have been so nice to have a book telling me what to do. I had no idea “coaches” existed and if I did, I probably wouldn’t have know where to find one. I would have LOVED to have this:
This is a new book that was just recently released by Megan Searfoss. Megan is a wife and mom of 3 who learned to run because she found it as an inexpensive, time-saveing and mindsaving exercise. Wow, pretty sure that just described me! She started Run Like a Mother, a national 5K designed to empower women of all levels of experience with running.
See Mom Run offers a great guide for the novice runner who wants to learn the basics of running or running their first 5K. The book will help you assess your fitness level and come up with a training plan that works with mom’s busy schedules and goals.
This book is all encompassing. It takes you from the very basics and benefits of running, time management, training while breastfeeding and while pregnant, injury prevention, picking a training program, strength training, nutrition and into race day and what to expect. I seriously WISH I had this book when I started running.
Some of my favorite excerpts:
“Borrow maternity clothes, evening gowns, or a cup of milk from your neighbors, but don’t borrow someone else’s gait.”
“Do not run in cross-training shoes or your Victoria’s Secret decolletage bra.”
“Black toenails: Consider it a mark of a runner or use it to get a discounted pedicure.”
and my most favorite and one of the reasons I continue to run:
“It’s worth it to carve out that time, because the benefits of running are truly greater than simply strenghtning the legs that propel you. Your mind, your time and your family will benefit. It may sound incredulous to say that simply moving your feet will change your world, but it will. The running time you take, even if it’s only a small part of your week, will positively influence the rest of your day and change your life in wonderful, healthy ways.”
Megan has done a great job of really incorporating everything you really wanted or needed to know about running and how to get to your first race, and most of which you DON’T get with your basic C25K plan. If you know of any beginner runners (moms and non-moms) or even experienced running moms, I highly recommend this book. I felt like I was talking to a girlfriend when I was reading this, super easy to read and enjoyable. It was a great, informative and quick read and will give the next woman who wants to start running who has no clue, a place to start.
Do you remember YOUR first race?
Did you train?
Did you wear COTTON *gasp*?
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