Maxine, a mom training for her 7th half-marathon (who happens to be the chica who won the NordicTrack C900 treadmill from our giveaway last year), posted this on our Facebook wall last week. We've heard from some ladies, like Billie on Twitter, who have already finished Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity; but if you haven't, we think Maxine suggests a good system.
- Get some snacks (reading about running burns calories, too, right?).
- Open book and immediately go to the part about training for the race you are currently training for. Read every word. Make mental adjustments to the rest of your training schedule.
- Read all the other training plans. Mentally add races to your already booked year of running because you want to try all of the plans.
- Go to the beginning and begin reading. Skip the gray parts that you don’t feel apply to you.
- Run into your husband’s office, interrupt his work, and demand he listen as you read parts out loud. (You are laughing so hard you can hardly get through it. He—a male, non-runner—doesn’t get it.)
- Return to couch; get more snacks.
- Message your running buddy that you found the training plan you would like to use for this fall’s marathon.
- Ignore the laundry, dishes, and the nearing dinner hour; keep reading.
- Cry while reading about running injuries.
- Get to the end.
- Go back and read the gray parts that could possibly be relevant to you because you don’t want the book to be over.
- Give in and read the part about pushing strollers even though your youngest is 22 years old. (You may have grandkids at some point.)
- Read the dictionary slowly because you don’t want the book to end.
- Email SBS and Dimity, asking when their next book is coming out.
How 'bout you: What's your game-plan for reading our orange tome?