Another Mother Runner Book Event

Happy Friday to meeee! I’m looking forward to a nice, extra long weekend filled with food, family and lots of fun. And of course yard work.
We are taking Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game on Monday. She has developed an obsession for Miller Park and the fact that the “Drewers” play baseball there. I hope she’s not disappointed when we get to Miller Park and realizes that it is indeed not the type of park she probably has in mind. We have really low expectations for how long we’re actually going to sit and watch the game. The other day we made it about 25 minutes into Frozen before wanting to move onto something else.
I swear she has ants in her pants. I chased her up and down a hill today and she cried when I told her it was time to leave. She was having the best time. I wish I shared in her love of running hills.
My mom and I have a fun run planned on Saturday morning, which involves running followed by flapjacks! I know that if I make promises of pancakes after a run in the jogger, Madelyn will be a happy girl, as long as she has her “dip it” aka syrup.
On Wednesday, we went to a fun event at Performance Running Outfitters. They hosted Dimity McDowell from Another Mother Runner. It was a fun and very inspiring book event where Dimity along with two other essayists read from their new book, ‘Tales from Another Mother Runner.’
It’s a collection of essays from mother runners and the two essayists that were there were absolutely wonderful. Both of their stories and experiences really hit home for me. The first essayist was Amy Bailey from Green Bay Wisconsin and she talked about her journey with running and food and what she does to stay motivated after you’ve logged all those miles and hours of training runs and then it’s just over. She reminded us all that it’s about the journey.
The second essayist was Heather Johnson Durocher who writes a blog at Michigan Runner Girl. She talked about running and about a dark time in her marriage in which I had tears in my eyes.
heatherBoth women were so real and I could relate to both of them. it’s refreshing to hear that you’re never alone in whatever it is you are going through.  It was a fun a event that kept my mom and me out way past our bedtime but it was completely worth it. We got a fun little good bag filled with running socks, GU, snacks and other fun goodies. Most importantly, the event got me even more excited about running and the community that comes along with it. I might not be training for any running event right now, but I’m still proud of what I can do. I also was reassured that I will slow down and I might even have to stop running altogether and that it’s okay. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, I decided to stop early on in my pregnancy because it felt weird and it was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what I was capable of.
I’m so excited to read the rest of this book and write up a review on it. I highly recommend their other two books, Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother.
What’s your favorite running related book? What keeps you motivated to keep going on days you want stop? Anyone with a good mantra out there?
Also, head on over to Healthy Helper Blog for my featured guest post about barre & running! 

8 thoughts on “Another Mother Runner Book Event

  1. Jamie May 22, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Born to Run and Marathon Woman are some of my favorite books. I usually try to convince myself to keep going with food (total reward based runner). And for especially tough runs, I always think that if I can get through this, I can get through anything. Mind over matter! : ) Hope you have a great and relaxing MDW!!


    • Maria C May 22, 2015 / 9:45 am

      I’ve heard nothing but great things about Born to Run! I’ll have to check out Marathon Woman. I tried commenting on your blog but I’m not sure if they’re going through! I had input about festive apparel 🙂

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      • Jamie May 22, 2015 / 9:51 am

        AH yes I love ALL THINGS FESTIVE! I hope it’s working now : )


  2. Jan May 23, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Very cool to meet running celebrities! I haven’t ever gone to something like that but I should. Chicago is not that far from me and surely they have things like that.


    • Maria C May 24, 2015 / 11:46 am

      This one was a lot of fun! I’m not positive if they’ve already done a Chicago area event.


  3. Michigan Runner Girl May 27, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Maria, it was such a pleasure to meet you at the book event in Milwaukee last week! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂 – Heather


    • Maria C May 27, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you for coming to Milwaukee!! I LOVED your essay, I read it as soon as I got home. And thank you for being brave enough to share your story.


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