Book giveaway: Train Like a Mother

Today I’m giving away a copy of the book Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity written by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.  They are a pair of running moms who blog at Another Mother Runner.  This is their second book about moms and running.  I greatly enjoyed their first Run Like a Mother. I haven’t gotten all the way through this one yet, but it is excellent too– full of practice training tips and real life stories, some funny, some inspiring.

If you’d like to win a copy of this book, comment below and tell me your running goals for this next year and where you are in your running career.  I’m currently running 8-10 miles a week, and I’m trying to decide if I’m brave enough to sign up for a 5 mile race this fall.  (My longest run to date: 4 miles.)

What about you? Are you a wanna-be?  A beginner trying to get up your courage to try a local race?  An experienced marathoner?  I’d love to hear about it. If you’d like a second entry to win this book, share the link to this post on twitter or facebook, then comment again and tell me where you shared it.  I’ll pick a winner early next week!


  1. jennifer says:

    A wannabe- for sure a supporter of Dh who runs 13 mile races on a regular basis

    • I’m an avid walker and former high school track/cross country runner. I’m in good shape for walking and can run 1-2 miles,However my soon to be 10 year old daughter will be starting track this Spring and I want to be able to train with her over the Summer and Fall. Her school has also asked me to assist with the 5th-8th grade track program-I want to be in shape to do this.

  2. Wanna be here. lol. My hubby’s the runner as well. He’d love for us to run together, but I just can’t get up the courage to work through conditioning those lungs.

  3. Melissa says:

    I’ve been running since high school… about 9 years now. I just finished my first half-marathon in April, but then came the end of the school year, and the exhaustion from sort-of-training for the half, and I’ve fallen off the wagon. Typically, I run about 10 miles a week. Recently… about 3.

  4. Well…I am kind of a runner lol. I was running four miles a few times a week until I began dealing with plantar fasciitus on my feet. For the past two months i have not even been able to take a walk around the block. It would be nice to have a new book to read while I recover lol!

  5. I’m a wannabe. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get started… challenging with a military hubby. I’ve had Run Like a Mother on my Amazon wish list for a while!

  6. Chrystal says:

    I’m an off-and-on runner, but just a beginner. I had a back injury in a car accident a few years ago and that puts a damper on things sometimes. I hope to run a 5k in the next year.

  7. I’m definitely a wannabe 🙁
    I used to run 2 miles regularly, but it definitely hasn’t been happening much since I had kids! I’d really like to get back into it though.

  8. I am a beginner, 4 months in, still not ready to identify myself as a ‘runner’…. will that ever change? 🙂
    I just ran my first 5k last week. Hearing about other people’s running journeys, especially other moms, gives me so much encouragement, especially when I am out running and having a hard time (which is often! Running is not for the faint of heart, is it?).

  9. I am getting back on the horse after off-and-on running over the last year. I am planning to do a 5K soon. My longest race was a 10K about eight years ago (I was a few weeks pregnant at the time!).

  10. Definitely a wannabe. Have just finished a nine-month stint as a single mom due to my husband’s work and feel like I can finally breathe again! But that short time of being on my own with five kids.really highlighted the importance of health and fitness to me. I’m a regular walker again… I think i’ll be adding running in a week too.

  11. I’ve been wanting to read this book! I still feel like a wannabe, even after finishing a half marathon earlier this year. Since then, my running motivation has sort of fizzled out, but I want to complete another one this fall.

  12. I am definitely a beginner…finishing up the C25K series and hope to run my first 5K over Labor Day. Never ran before, but I am now officially in my mid forties and needed a push mentally and physically. Running is so hard for me. But each morning I accomplish a run I feel as if the rest of the day is a piece of cake. I have so much more patience and a much clearer mind. I have been wanting to get both books by these ladies. I listen to their podcast regularly.

  13. Carissa says:

    Wanna be. Three kids six and under, one still nursing, working full time. How do I start?

  14. Not a runner! I did a little C25K last year, and well this year, baby due any day so I won’t be running but I would love to have this book for my SIL who has 4 kids, and is trying to be a runner. She even takes my 8yr old running with her sometimes. She has a 5mos old and is just getting back into running and my daughter is a good pace for her!

  15. I am into my 11th week of running and loving it. Raced my first 5k two weeks ago, and now I am training for a 10k! I have lost 57 pounds so far. Who knew I would ever run 🙂

  16. I’m a wanna-be. I keep saying I’m going to start- for so many reasons! I want to be in shape and feel good. I’ve hit 40 and the metabolism is slowing. I would love to win this book. The Run Like a Mother race was in town and I wanted to join, but didn’t want to embarrass myself!

  17. Susan P says:

    I used to run and hope to do so again, but it feels really different with the extra 30 lbs or so that I have now after 3 kids. I’ve tried a few times since the 3rd was born 6 months ago – I’m not used to so much jiggling! This book is on my Amazon wish list.

  18. I am a born again “runner”. I started in Feb with Couch to 5k app on my phone. I got thru week 6 and decided to just start running on my own. Some days I would go as far as 4 miles plus a cool down. Then last Saturday on a whim, I signed up for the Strawberry Fest 10k (6.2 miles). I finished with a time of 1 hour and 6 minutes. This weekend I am attempting a 10k trail run, the Dirty Dude Girl, which is women only! At the end of the month I am running the Muck Ruckus for MS, a 10k obstacle course. And at the end of summer, I will be running the Air Force Half Marathon with my best friend.

    I’d love to read this book!

  19. Tiffany R says:

    I run 10 miles per week during the school year but only 6.5 miles during the summer because the kids are home. I recently started running outside, instead of the treadmill, and when the kids are home I have them ride their bikes. My longest run is normally 3.5 miles but I have done a 10k each summer on July 4th and even though it is hard, you could do it, Mary!! It makes you feel so strong afterward to know that you had it in your and pulled it out. And thanks for introducing me to a new blog – I loved Another Mother Runner.

  20. Christa Gardner says:

    A wannabe…but I walk a lot! I would love to run, I just haven’t had the courage to try since I was in High School! 🙂 This book sounds interesting for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I’m the starter who can’t seem to jump the hurdle and finish! Would love to read this!

  22. I’m a wanna be. I’d like to ditch the car and use my legs to go everywhere, like I did before.

  23. I took up walking 3 years ago at the age of 50. I built up to 5 miles a day. I then transitioned to running and ran Zooma Annapolis 10K as my first race. Nothing like 80 degrees at 7 AM on the first Sunday in June! I followed up with Annapolis 10 miler, ranked one of the top 10 ten milers in the country. I finished and lived to tell about it! LOL! Since the beginning of the year my asthma has been a problem but finally have it under control so I need to start training again. If I can do it anyone can do it!

  24. I met these great ladies at a local race — they live not too far away from me! I love how we as runners and moms can share life together as we stay fit! Some of my favorite times are running with my running group — women of all ages, sizes and abilities spending time together on the roads and trails. I am an experienced marathoner, running coach and author of Running by THE BOOK, so I totally relate with these writers. I have been so blessed by the women I coach, it is incredible to see women grow and realize they can do so much more than they ever thought possible. Mary, you will really enjoy the race (well, maybe not during the last half mile — haha) but when you cross that finish line you will feel like you can conquer anything. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  25. My husband is a very serious runner. He gets up very early in the morning and runs with a group of guys from church before work 2-3 times a week. They run several miles. He runs marathons. When the weather is nice sometimes he will watch the kids on a Saturday morning and let me go jog/run. I don’t get to very often with 4 small children and one on the way. I hope to one day go and run with the kids or as a family.

  26. My dad started running when I was eight years old; I decided that joining him would be a great way to get some daddy-daughter time. That was 34 years ago 🙂 I have run many, MANY miles since then, including one half-marathon and two full-marathons with my other male running partner (my husband!!)! My mom and dad will both be joining my husband, son, and I for a fun 5K run on July 4th :)I have been SO blessed by the gift of running with the ones I love best, and this year, I simply plan on continuing my runs with my husband and entering as many short races with my parents and son as our schedules allow.

  27. I’m an aspiring, struggling, persisting, inconsistent runner…still trying to complete the Couch to 5K program (which I discovered, thanks to you!).

    I would love some motivation + encouragement. I’ll have to get my hands on these books!

    Thank you. 🙂

  28. Tweeted it!! 🙂

    Oh…I keep meaning to ask you (and everyone else commenting here): Have you tried to include your younger kids in your running? My biggest hurdle in becoming a runner has been time. My husband’s work schedule makes it difficult for me to run alone in the mornings, so I’ve been considering just having my kids run with me, instead of trying to run alone.

    Do you have any thoughts or advice to that end?


    • Occasionally one or more of my teens runs with me. If I am running only a mile or so, my 9 year old sometimes runs with me. But I have enough teens so that there’s always someone around able to watch the younger kids for half an hour. It definitely would have been tougher for me when our kids were younger.

  29. I am a wannabe what I used to be – in high school me & my sister (or is it my sister & I?) used to go out for a 5-8 mile run & come back hardly winded to go jump on our horses & go for a ride – geez how I wish I could do that now, makes me tired just thinking about it!

  30. I am a walker and have enjoyed walking since my high school days. At this season in my life, I like that walking allows me the time to talk with my kids and grandkids when they join me. I prefer to take life at a slower pace.

  31. I’ve been running for two years and ran my first marathon last fall. I’m looking forward to #2 and while I pre-ordered this book before it was released because I loved Dimity & Sarah’s first book I would give the copy to my sister!

  32. I’m not strictly a runner, since I’m also training for a sprint triathlon in August, but my goal this summer is to run a barefoot 10K, as well as set a new old lady PR for running a mile. Just signed up for the Main Street Mile. Don’t know yet if I’ll do that barefoot. And I recommend dancing as part of the running training routine!

  33. For months I’ve been struggling to call myself a “runner”… even though I know, it’s really true, I can claim that awesome title. After losing 85lbs, I saw the treadmill as a chore. So I took my runs outside and it changed my life. I love running outdoors, I completed my first 5K in May (8:45/pace), I achieved my longest run to date (9 miles) outdoors and I’m signed up for the Rock-n-Roll half marathon in September! I’m current training to get to 13.1, I know my body can do it and I just need to mentally know I can!

  34. I am trying to become a runner, desiring to join my sister in a half-marathon this fall. I started running in March, and I currently run about 18 miles a week. My biggest struggle right now is finding the right sneaker!

  35. This week I finish the C25K program! I still can’t run a 5K but it feels great to know that I can run for 30 minutes straight! My goal is to be able to increase my speed and eventually get an entire 5K in. I don’t care if it happens in 30 min, I just want to be able to do it without feeling like I’m going to die.

  36. Katherine says:

    Im getting back into running after taking over a year off due to injury and then pregnancy/newborn. I’ve run both a half marathon & full marathon, but am not really a long time runner, I’ve been running about 5 or 6 years, but keep taking time off to have babies 🙂
    My sister and I would like to run a half marathon this fall. But really, my goal is to get back into running. The race just gives me something tangible to aim for. Training now with three little ones (4 & under!) is going to be tricky. I’d love to read this book!

  37. Kirsten Dehmlow says:

    I am on week two of the Couch to 5k. I would love to run a 5k late this fall. I have never been a runner but am enjoying the program so far.

  38. I am a wanna-be.. Just starting couch to 5K this week, first day underway this morning!!!! I’d love to read this!

  39. I ran a marathon a year ago. I had a baby 6 weeks ago, so I’m just starting to get back into running again. I’d love to win this book!

  40. I’m such a wannabee! I’ve jogged a 5K, and exercise regularly, but would really love to get to a place where I enjoy running. I’ve always felt like, as a mom to three littles (and one on the way), it would be a long time before I could prioritize any sort of true training program. This book looks great! Would love to have it as a resource for after our baby is born.

  41. I currently run about 15 – 19 miles per week.
    I will, soon, start training for a 10K in August, Marathon Relay in September, The Runner’s World Hat Trick (5K, 10K and half) in October and the Philly Marathon.

    And yes…you can run five miles!

  42. I hoping to start running very soon. I have a bum knee that is getting worked on. I am able to walk and hoping to get up to running the later part of this summer.


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