We interrupt this regular Thursday profile of an amazing running mother for a quick plea from us for Mother's Day. I'm as far from a saleswoman as it gets--and SBS + I combined, I think, might be able to pass 5th grade math if we studied really hard--but we want to throw some softball ideas out there so that RLAM continues to grow as steadily and solidly as my kids do. (To wit: Ben. Just turned 4 years old. 57 freakin' pounds. I think a half-marathon is easier than carrying that tantruming mass up the stairs.)
We realize we're not your mothers--Lord knows, five kids between us is enough--but we kindly ask you to spread the RLAM love between now and Ma's Day by doing one or more of the following:
1. Ask a friend who claims she "can't" run or has fallen off the running train to go for a 15-minute spin with you. Once she's done it, book her again while she's still high off her achievement.
2. Buy said friend--or a whole herd of friends--Run Like A Mother to convince her she definitely can do this. We've broken the 1,000 overall rank on Amazon just once--yes, I'm a little obsessed with checking it--and breaking through again would make my weekend.
3. If your budget is as slim as mine right now--or, if you've been slammed by teacher appreciation gifts, pictures of dance class, and other "necessities" like I have--recommend they buy the book.
4. Introduce somebody to this blog. And to our Facebook Page. We're just a few RLAM'ers shy of 2,000, which is fantastic considering it's just a few months old. But who else is lurking out there? Who else wants to wax on about running in a skirt, bitch about running in hail, ask about recommendations for training plans? Plenty, we're sure.
5. If you're on a first-name basis with somebody at your local, independent running store and think they might like to carry RLAM, let us know the name of the store and your contact at runmother at gmail dot com (or put in comments below). We'd like to get RLAM distributed as far and wide as Ben's generous buns are. (That was not mean, btw. I love his round, round, round buns.)
6. Not possible to do anything? No worries. (Like I said, I suck as a saleswoman.) Continue reading and commenting here and contributing to our Facebook Page in between folding the laundry, writing your own blog, and shaving your legs, a task, if you're like me, you get to every three weeks or so.
7. But save the best present for yourself on Sunday. If you do nothing else, treat yourself to a delicious run.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone. You are all inspiring, encouraging, entertaining, supportive, unbelievably strong women, and both Sarah and I thank you for sharing yourselves and your stories with us. We love, love, love this community and can't wait--last pitch, I promise--to continue to watch it grow.