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Happy AMRiversary! Run Like a Mother

Today, we are seven.

Well, maybe not today exactly but in March 2010, our big yellow book baby was launched into the world. Seven years ago this month, Run Like a Mother was born! While there was a lot of sweat and a few tears, we've never been happier about the journey this book launched. Just like with our human babies but with slightly less pushing.

We'll be celebrating all week with contests on social media (you follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, yes?) and a trip (or two or three) down memory lane. If you're looking to pick up a signed! copy (or two or three) of our books, you can get a great deal on 'em here. Each book is a mere $10. You can pick up all three for $25. Now's the time to fill out your collection -- or make sure all your BRFs are part of the Tribe. 

Today, a piece from Run Like a Mother from Dimity, inspired by the 423 times she'd read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

If You Give a Mom a Pair of Running Shoes and 40 Kid-free Minutes

If you give a mom a pair of running shoes and 40 kid-free minutes, she's going to want to go for a run.

If she wants to go for a run, she'll need to put on a bra -- a sports bra, preferably.

When she digs for her bra in a massive pile of dirty laundry, she'll spot her daughter's favorite, must-wear-four-times-a-week starry shirt covered in glitter glue. She'll head to the laundry room to drench the stains in Shout.

Dimity and Sarah reading at Book People in Austin, Texas, in 2010.

As she descends two flights to the basement laundry room, the phone will ring.

When the phone rings, she will check caller ID. She recognizes the number of an annoying mom of a whiny kid who can't seem to grasp the "play" part of "playdate." She lets it go to voicemail.

When she replaces the phone in the jack, she'll remember she didn't charge her iPod. Oh well.

Continuing on to the laundry room, she will decide she should pee before she runs. On the toilet, she will spy another sports bra, hanging on the bathroom doorknob.

When she sees the sports bra, she'll bring it to her nose to see if it's clean or crusty from last week's run. Lucky day: it's clean.

When she heads back up two flights to her room to get dressed, she'll spot a guaranteed no-leak sippy cup, filled with tepid chocolate milk, spouting like a whale on the brand new rug she splurged on at Pottery Barn.

When she sees the brown blob, she'll drop the f-bomb. And then she'll be glad only the dog was around to hear.

Our first booth! (By Phoebe, age 8.)

After she flies back downstairs to get the carpet equivalent of Shout, she will douse the rug in chemicals not fit for inhalation by dogs or kids. She cracks a window and hopes the smell will be gone by the time she finishes her run.

When she finally gets to her room to get dressed, she'll realize she doesn't remember where she put the bra.

As she runs back down the stairs, her left hamstring will twinge. So she throws her leg up on the kitchen counter and flops toward her toes in a half-hearted attempt at flexibility.

When she stretches her hand around her foot, she will see that her watch reads 2:20, which leaves her exactly 20 minutes for her 40-minute run.

She will swear again, then dart from room to room in search of the bra, get dressed, lace up her shoes, and sprint out the door.

And when she hits the road, she'll wonder why she's out of breath before she even started.

Hanging out with the superstars, like one does. (Dimity, Deena Kastor, Sarah)

 

If you want a visual trip down memory lane, here's one of our first videos. Do you run like a mother?

Come with us on our trip, too! How and when did you find us?

20 responses to “Happy AMRiversary! Run Like a Mother

  1. Oh my, I spotted that first book on the “New Titles” table at my library. It REALLY changed my running -and me too along the way. I’ve been one of the tribe I think before you called it a tribe. Congratulations Dimity and Sarah!

  2. Happy Anniversary! I don’t know when I came across your blog for the first time but it’s been pretty much near the beginning. A huge dose of positive mind and spirit and joy with each podcast. I will forever be grateful to be one of The Tribe

  3. I found you searching for kindle books on running – the title grabbed me right away as I was already losing my sanity with being a mom to 3 young kids at the time. It was so perfect and I’ve been grateful for this community ever since!

  4. Happy anniversary! I found your podcast (and then books) from my all-time favorite, unfortunately-now-dark podcast, Manic Mommies! Kristin mentioned your podcast on a show, so I took a listen, and the rest is history!

  5. I found you thru my BRF, who was an early fan. We were so happy to meet both of you and Adrienne when you came to Syracuse on your book tour.

  6. When I was living in Denver, a running friend of mine lent me her copy of your first book and I was hooked! Since then I have stuck with you through the next two books and the podcast. I love listening every week and recommend you to my newer running friends. Stay with us and keep that information coming! Well done and thank you!

  7. This. Was. Perfect.

    Not sure where/when I found you all, just glad I did. To you, I give the same blessing I give to everyone on their birthday/anniversary: Happy Anniversary AMR! May this year be the start of your best year yet!!

  8. I don’t remember HOW I found you, but I remember WHEN. It was a month or so before the Boston bombing. I was a walker and I had just made what I thought was a brilliant discovery: if I ran, I would spend less time training. (Yeah, that isn’t quite how it has turned out.)

  9. I was lent the first book in May 2012 after posting on FB that I failed miserably in training for a Full Marathon which was a few weeks after my son’s first birthday. The Full was cancelled due to heat so I still ran the Half but the longest training run I fit in was 12 miles. I was a single mom and just bought a house and didn’t know how to “make” time to run. The mother that lent me the book knew it was what I needed, I needed to find the Tribe and realize I wasn’t the only mom struggling to run. And I have been a member of the tribe since.

  10. Happy anniversary! Your book and podcast inspired me to join a gym in search of my own best running friend, and the person I found there has become my best friend, too. I am so, so grateful for what has been a transformative relationship for me. Thank you!

  11. I found Run Like a Mother, then Train Like a Mother, thanks to Amazon and the “Customers who bought this also bought” section. I guess a pair of discount Brooks and a case of Pampers = mother runner.

  12. I’ve been following you since close to your beginning endeavors. I somehow stumbled across your blog/podcast when I was newer to running and ISO all things running. I’ve enjoyed following along your adventures!

  13. I found you through Runners World and your blog – though after the race had passed – around 2010, when I was pregnant with my first child. I was already a runner – but not running during pregnancy, and I loved your online content. I read your first book when she was a wee babe as I returned to running – now a mother runner, and you’ve been with me since then – now with two kids (almost 6 and 3!), 4 more marathons and countless miles. Thank you AMR!

  14. I’ve been following you guys since before the book came out. I was lucky enough to be one of the blogger BAMRs that you featured many many years ago.

  15. I was sent a questionnaire about running via email. I filled it out and one of my comments made it into the first book. I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Congratulations ladies!!

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