Do you ever procrastinate on writing a post not because you dread it, but because by writing about it you have to admit its over? Yeah, that’s what’s been happening with the next two posts. I am TWO WEEKS late in recapping this event and the close of our H-E-B ZOOMA Girlfriends Program though so I’ll jump right in.
Months ago the amazing ladies behind the book “Run Like A Mother” reached out to me about hosting an Austin house party to help launch their new book “Train Like A Mother”. I was a huge fan of RLAM and had previously had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Dimity so of course I jumped on the chance.
The idea behind the gathering was to bring together 40-50 running ladies from the Austin area for a night of food,readings from the new book, discussions on running, and of course wine.
We had a great turn out! I keep smiling because the room was so LOUD with all the ladies talking all things running and more. It was two days before my group of beginners were running their first race, so it was a great way for them to come together with others in the running community and have any last minute questions answered as well as learn about amazing running related products.
We held it in my complex’s clubhouse which also features a theatre, so the book excerpt readings were in the theatre. Sarah and Dimity did an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job with the readings and had us all howling with laughter and even brought us to tears at one point.
There is something special about coming together as a group of runners, especially running mothers. Sarah and Dimity have gone beyond writing a couple of books (and a billion articles), they have really given us a place to gather, creating the Another Mother Runner Tribe. We all need to find a place where we feel welcome, like we belong, and for me at least that place is with other mother runners. I’m thankful they asked me to host the evening, it was a great reminder of the strength of my own running community.
Thank you Sarah and Dimity.
You can find both of their books HERE. Train Like a Mother’s subtitle sums it up better than I can: “How to Get Across Any Finish Line-and Not Lose Your Family,Job,or Sanity”. It is funny while being informative, it brought me to tears at one point, and overall it built me up. From training plans, to playlists, to recovery tips, and most of all-chock full of “you aren’t alone in feeling that” moments,it has everything to feed your running soul. It’s a book that I won’t put away after reading it once, I plan on returning to it often.