This made me teary and laugh at the same time. Love that combo.
Run Like A Mother hit bookstores across the country on March 23, 2010, so happy, happy RLAMiversary to us! By us I mean all of us, every single person reading this, from those who just started running last month to those who have logged tens of thousands of miles. From speedsters to back-of-the-packers, from stroller-pushers to those pushing menopause, from barefooters to barely-making-it-homers.
In one short year, we all have solidified a community of thousands and thousands of women who realize that me-time is a necessity, not a luxury; that taking care of yourself is integral to taking care of your family; that stepping outside your comfort zone takes guts and isn't always pleasant--but is soooo worth it; that running isn't just exercise, but also meditation in motion; that cheering on your co-runners makes you that much more inspired to get out there yourself.
O.k., enough with the Oscar speech, but suffice it to say, we love we get to hear your triumphs, troubles, and TMI updates. Thank you, thank you for letting us be a part of your lives.
Now, like the zitty teenager in a bad uniform who has to lay out the rules before 8-year-old boys can bust out in laser tag, we wanted to lay out a few housekeeping things before we can celebrate:
1. RLAM-iversary runs! Fun runs--or run/walks or walks--that are either 5K or 5 miles and involve no pressure except to chat with each other. In Portland and Denver, April 9. All the info is here as well as on our Facebook page, where you can RSVP and invite friends to join you (here's Denver info on FB; here's Portland info on FB). Please RSVP, if possible, as we're cooking up some most excellent goodie bags and other treats, and would love to know how many of your beautiful faces we'll be seeing. (And we apologize to the rest of the country for not being able to be everywhere at once, but since you're a mom, we're betting you understand that.)
2. But maybe we should be calling them AMR-iversary Runs, as we're rebranding to another mother runner. Why the switch? Because there's nothing we like more than to be constantly in flux.
Actually, we wanted an umbrella term that includes Run Like A Mother, our upcoming book Train Like A Mother (out in March of 2012), and this rockin', badass community that always continues to inspire and amaze. While the book has brought us together, we are so much more than 224 pages.
Plus, I just love this sentence: There goes another mother runner.
3. Not in Portland or Denver? We'd love for you to gather a few of your girlfriends, go out for a fun run, then grab a latte and/or doughnut after the run and post a few shots on the Facebook page. (One of my favorite little parts of the book is when Amy says she ends her Saturday long runs at Dunkin' Donuts. "It's part of the workout.")
4. Which leads nicely into this point: You don't have to be in Portland or Denver to be part of this week-long, Internet-centric celebration.
Here's what we have lined up:
Monday: You're looking at it.
Tuesday: Our first ever podcast! (If we can get it locked and loaded...fingers crossed.)
Wednesday: We roll into our best Hump Day Giveaway yet.
Thursday: We'll Follow a Mother who has been integral to our success.
Friday: An inspirational story or two from field.
Saturday: A round-up of your videos. (Which is another way of saying you have until Friday night to get them to us. We know you guys have creativity and humor in spades. Let's see it!)
Sunday: A vote for the videos to see who will win a brand new badass mother runner hat or visor.
But that's not all. No, that is not all.
Our midday status update every day this week on Facebook will be about the book Run Like A Mother: something related to which part you liked most, least, what you want more of, etc. Using our fave random.org, we will pick a random winner from the list of responders, and send you one of our brand new BAMR Sweaty Bands!
5. In addition to our race stops, a few somewhat random places we'll be in the future:
—Today, at 9 a.m. PST, we will be chatting with Leslie Irish Evens of Peeling Mom off the Ceiling. It's streaming live here.
—On April 2, I--Dimity--will be speaking at the Denver Endurance Conference, an informative symposium on everything from injury prevention to how to run a perfect race.
—In August, SBS and I will be co-hosting the Colorado stop of Run Wild Retreats, a four-day, three-night trail running extravaganza for everybody from beginners to ultra-runners. Yoga, wine + cheese, other great eats, and expert presentations are also part of the amazing package.
So that's it for now. I'm off to eat a piece of cake to get this party started.