Five years ago, Denver-based Runner's World writer Dimity McDowell and her Portland, Oregon-based running/writing partner Sarah Bowen Shea successfully pitched an article to the magazine, proposing to write about their post-pregnancy training in the lead-up to running the 125-mile TransRockies Run together. Then they immediately decided they wouldn't actually be able to deliver on the promise with everything else going on in their lives, so they scaled their proposal down a bit and ran the Nike Women's Marathon (tough, but not impossible) instead.
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That initial compromise and the resulting article has now grown into a full-length book and an ongoing blog -- part runner's log, part parenting blog, part diary of a mother's slog -- about striking similar balances in all areas of their lives while making room for running and, by extension, for themselves.
McDowell will be reading from and signing copies of Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity tonight at 7 p.m. at Outdoor Divas in Boulder, 1133 Pearl Street. She'll be in good company if she's looking for new running partners: Outdoor Divas' marketing diva Marily MacDonald took 3rd in the Dash & Bash 5K cross-country trail race on Saturday at the Lyons Outdoor Games.
Ready to run like a mother yourself? Tonight's event also features gait analysis by representatives from Brooks Running Shoes and nutrition tips for female runners from the makers of Luna Bars. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance at a fully-loaded swag bag.