Another Mother Runner

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Our little slice of mother runner mana started with a bright yellow book called Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, released in 2010. Written in a witty, conversational tone—like how girlfriends talk to each other on a run—Run Like a Mother covers everything from race-day periods to pregnancy, hills to husbands.  (In other words, everything that most typical running books don’t.)

The honest words resonated so deeply among women running half-marathons, running after their kids, running to pick up more eggs at the store that an organic, vibrant social media community grew up around the book. The community was so incredible, we gave it a new name: Another Mother Runner. And we gave ourselves a mission: We won’t quit until everywhere you go, you see another mother runner.

These days, Another Mother Runner includes an engaged Facebook page, an active website with weekly giveaways, and a free weekly podcast available on iTunes. We followed up our first yellow book with a vivid orange one entitled Train Like a Mother filled with more motivational advice and make-you-laugh anecdotes, along with nine flexible training plans.

Whether you’re aiming toward your first 5K dressed as Cinderella or crossing your 100th finish line as Mary Poppins—or, um, running a race that might not be covered in pixie dust—we’re thrilled to be here to help your journey. (And to be clear: We’re thrilled to help everybody, whether you have an XX chromosome or not, offspring or not.) In our column on the runDisney blog, we’ll cover everything training tips and life balance, racing strategy and gear necessities.

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about us:

Sarah Bowen Shea

  • Calls home: Portland, Oregon
  • Mom to: 3 kids (including boy-girl twins) + 1 cat
  • Claim to running fame: Completed 10 marathons—with no finish line in sight
  • Get-moving mantra: I am strong.
  • Running must-have: a friend to chat with or a peppy playlist
  • 3 a.m. pre-runDisney race wake-up routine: Listening to Spotify while brushing teeth
  • Fave runDisney race: Tinker Bell Half-Marathon: nearly 5 miles in Disneyland!

Dimity McDowell

  • Calls home: Denver, Colorado
  • Mom to: 2 kids + 1 dog
  • Claim to running fame: Completed one—and only one, thank you—Ironman
  • Get-moving mantra: don’t think; just go.
  • Ideal run: six miles with a friend on a trail. And I don’t trip on anything.
  • 3 a.m. pre-runDisney race wake-up routine: with one eye still closed, eat banana, put on costume laid out the night before, get to the starting line, where the energy of the crowd wakes me up a second time.
  • Best part of a runDisney race: The finish line.

If you’ve got a topic you’d like us to cover or question—nothing is too basic or TMI—you’d like us to answer, let us know at @TheMotherRunner or on our Facebook page. Thanks and many happy miles!

Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell are the authors of Another Mother Runner and official contributors to runDisney.