Runnerd, Geek Out! – Books

I’m one of those people who likes to do research. I research products before I need to buy something big. For example, I drove my husband crazy trying to figure out which vacuum I wanted to get to replace our dead Dyson.

When I started to get really serious about running, I figured there were probably some great books out there. These are my four go-tos for any questions I have or if I want a new training plan to inspire me and get me going.

Run Like a Mother
by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
ISBN: 978-0740785351

If you are a mom and a runner, you NEED to read this book. There is a tribe out there for mother runners, and it is the best community in the world as far as I am concerned. When I started running, I felt a bit alone. I don’t have a regular running partner, so 95% of my runs are done solo. However, when I know I have the two amazing women who wrote this book and all of their fellow tribe members behind me, I have that much more get-up-and-go to get my runs done and done well. Check out their website as well. They have Facebook, twitter, and instagram as well. Immerse yourself in the mother runner world! You’ll never want to leave!

Train Like a Mother
by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
ISBN: 978-1449409869

Just as awesome as their first book. I LOVE these plans. If you are a new runner, they will get you started. And if you are like me…not quite a beginner, not quite a novice…they will get to the serious level where you feel like a real runner, a real athlete. I used their 5K-Own It plan with great success and am in week 9? 10? of their Half Marathon Finish It plan. I HIGHLY recommend these plans. They have a bit more umph to them than many of the plans out there on the internet.

Kara Goucher’s Running for Women
by Kara Goucher with Adam Bean
ISBN: 978-1439196120

I want Kara’s job. She runs for a living. How cool would that be! Her book inspired me in ways I didn’t think was possible. She’s a world class athlete…the big time. She’s competitively runs marathons I could only dream of qualifying for. She’s the real deal. And yet, she’s a mom and a wife, and she’s down to earth. My library owns a copy of this book so I have yet to buy my own. I’m pretty sure I check it out three or four times a year just to reskim and reabsorb the goodness of it.

The Run-Walk-Run Method
by Jeff Galloway
ISBN: 978-1782550068

This is at the top of my run supplies need list. I really want my own copy. I was soooo skeptical of this method. I was worried it would make me feel like less of a runner. I was worried what other people would think…that they wouldn’t see me as a real runner. Then I tried it. And now I’m hooked. I lowered my easy run pace from a 11:30min/mile to a 10:30min/mile. I use a 4:1 ratio…running for 4 minutes and walking for 1. And the walk is not a leisurely walk. I’m power walking at a 13-14min/mile pace. I don’t feel completely wiped out after my long runs. Don’t get me wrong…I’m definitely tired, but I can still go about the rest of my day. I encourage any newer runner who is considering a first half marathon to check this out!

So there you have it. My four must reads for any new-ish runner!

Have you read any of these?


Have you ever tried a run/walk method? Did it work for you?


Weekly Wishes #3

Last Week’s Wishes…

  • BLOG!
  • Call and schedule doctor appointments for the boys. Every year I drag my feet more and more. I don’t even think they need shots this year.
  • Ride my bike. We replaced our bike rack that someone stole half of off my car last fall. I need to pick one of the days that Blue has school and bring my bike in even for just a little 10mi ride. If not this week, then definitely next week. Cross training does the body good!

NOPE! I got none of these done. The only accomplishment I made in reference to these wishes is that I brought Sexy into the house and put her outside pedals on. I’m clutsy and still can’t handle clipless pedals. Good thing I’m a runner, because I’d make a terrible triathlete.


This is Sexy. My Trek Madone 4.5. She scares the crap out of me.

This Week’s Wishes…

  • BLOG!
  • Call and schedule doctor appointments for the boys.
  • Mentally prepare myself for the half-marathon taper. It’s coming. 12 mile run tomorrow and then nothing over 8 until May 4th.
  • Win the April spending challenge my husband made with me. Whoever can spend the least amount on extras (Groceries and necessary household items don’t count. Eating out does!) gets a reward that we request of the other (dishes for a week, a run date…something non-monetary for the other). We have written our requests and put them inside sealed envelopes. I’m curious to know what his request is!