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This is the first Read Momma Read online book club selection. You can get it here on Amazon. If you’re just joining us, you might want to read the intro page to our club. We’d love for you to join us anytime. If you’re local to Eugene/Springfield area, we’ll meet up and chat about the book. Stay tuned on FB for that info.


Hi again readers! We’re still picking our way through Mile Markers. Don’t know about you, but I still love it. As I mentioned in my last post about it, I don’t plow through, but savor, relish and take my time. I am almost done, but wanted to talk about the next set of chapters… 10 – 20. There’s a lot here we could chat about and I welcome any comments about any of these chapters or topics. Here’s a few of my favorite areas and some questions to ponder.

And, let’s hook up in person! I will update the event date/time on the FB events page. I tentatively have it set for May 24th at 7:00. Location to be announced once I get a bit of a head count.

1. I love this line from chapter 10, Freedom, page 112-113 “Shake it Off”…”Running is one thing that allows me to be everything I need to be for everyone else and not resent it.” She offers a list of reasons why running helps her ‘shake off’ tough situations or challenges in her life. I can relate to just about all of them. But, the idea that there is nothing selfish about wanting to make yourself “clean” as she says, to shake off the bad so you have good to offer the world, really resonated with me. It’s sometimes a hard concept to explain to those who think my running is a selfish pursuit. (Although, I’m happy to say I don’t have any friends who don’t understand at least in part, my love of running.) Have you come across folks who think your running is selfish?

2. Giddyup from chapter 11, Identity, is awesome! Pg 123-4. In this chapter she discovers another side to her running friend and her love of horses. Throughout the book she shares many instances why she enjoys her friendships and the qualities she appreciates in her friends, but this chapter was  so fun to read. I remember when I discovered that my running friend and exercise extraordinnaire, Dani, was a scientist and science teacher. “My maiden name was Petry, like the dish, she said. What was I gonna do?” I love hearing her stories about her middle school students and their projects.  As the miles tick by, we discover so much about each other. How have your running friends evolved into deeper friendships?

3. Chapter 13, Fear, posed some good questions. In Your Antartica, page 143-44 Kristin discusses the amazing swimmer, Lynne Cox and her book Swimming to Antarctica. Cox says about cold, open water swimming, “It’s pain. You just have to get used to it and eventually stop fighting it.” Her book club talked about what their fears were by posing the question that I’ll pose to you…What is your Antarctica?

4. Alot of chapter 18, called Hills, is about going “up and over” an emotional hill, overcoming a fear, facing a life-related, not necessarily running-related obstacle. And some of it is about really running hills. I, too, have a love/hate relationship with running hills. I can usually muster enough mental wherewithal to get up them when I am alone. Sometimes when I run with friends or in a group or  when I’m in a race situation, I have a harder time of it. It’s that mental part that doubts, that is worried I will look weak, that I will be the only one walking, that I will slow others down, that I will tire out and be too sluggish on the remainder of the run. I tell people hills scare me and they are surprised seeing as I run them often including trail races with lots of altitude. Inside though, I’m a wreck.  As Armstrong says, the middle of the hill is not the time mess with definitions or change tactics and that, like in life,  it’s the little ones that prepare you for the big ones. Do you tackle the hill running like you do getting up life’s hills?

5. The Wall! This discussion hits at chapter 20, of course, as it corresponds to the proverbial marathon wall. Similar to the hill chapter, her questions surround the issues of how to handle tough moments in life and in a race. Whether you’ve run a marathon or not, what gets you through the “wall” on a tough run.

As always, feel free to answer 1 or all of these questions, pose your own or chat about a different topic/chapter of the book. Hope to see you on May 24th at 7:00pm !! I’ll keep you posted on where.


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This is the first Read Momma Read online book club selection. You can get it here on Amazon. If you’re just joining us, you might want to read the intro page to our club. We’d love for you to join us anytime. If you’re local to Eugene/Springfield area, we’ll meet up and chat about the book. Stay tuned on FB for that info.


First of all, thanks to some of you for letting me know you needed more time getting going. I hope you have dug in cuz here we go… I’ll start off with some points I’d like to make, each followed by a question for you. Of course, we’d love to hear your thoughts outside of these elements. The more the merrier….people and thoughts 🙂

1.  I’m still loving the book. However, as my running partner and I were chatting about, we are now reading it in smaller increments. Each piece within each major chapter reveals a change, a mourning, a challenge, a celebration, an epiphany, an exploration or a discovery. I feel like I have to stop and savor each one, think about the message–the one she’s describing or the one I’ve chosen to pick out of it. I’ve even gone back and re-read some areas for the laugh, to dig deeper or just to appreciate the writing. I know I’ll re-read the entire thing in whole or in part. How goes the messages in each chapter for you? Are you plowing through or savoring or both? Which is your favorite? Why?

2. I’m discovering what is speaking to me as I read. When I first started the book, it was mostly the stories about running that I jived with. As I move through the book and as she reveals more about her family, lifestyle, her children’s personalities, I am ever drawn into the parenting pieces of the book. While I often don’t feel as chipper and ready to jump into my car and cruise on an adventure with my kids as she likes to, I aspire to do more of that. Keep things more fun, less serious and incorporate my kids more frequently into my fitness, to blend it rather than have it be “my workout” “your exercise at the park”. I especially love the piece called “Glory” in chapter 8 where she does a 5K with her daughter. She helps her to see herself as an athlete, as a kid and as a daughter of an athlete, all while being a loving mother. When I get over being crabby about it, I enjoy telling my kids about bad races or off training days. I want them to know not every day is stellar. It also helps them see that it’s ok to fail and move on. Have you ran or raced with your kids? What happened? What do you want them to learn about you as you pursue your sport?

3. I have to say, one of my favorites is chapter 9, “Body”. As a woman with a daughter, I am some days all-too aware of what messages she is receiving through media, other kids, clothing and toy selections and through me. I remember the message I received when I first tried a team sport, softball. Some boy made fun of me on the field and that. Was. It. I never did another team sport. Ever. I did some solo things like skiing and ice skating and then running. I ran for 5 years before I would even venture into running with another person. After a few groups runs, I reveled in the fun of running with others. What were your early lessons about body, being a woman athlete or competing? What else from this chapter (or others) having to do with image resonated with you?

Of course, there’s tons more we could chat about…. we’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment away. From now on, my posts will be more frequent as I hope we’ve all got the book and are enjoying it!


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This is the first Read Momma Read online book club selection. You can get it here on Amazon. If you’re just joining us, you might want to read the intro page to our club. We’d love for you to join us anytime. If you’re local to Eugene/Springfield area, we’ll meet up and chat about the book. Stay tuned on FB for that info.


If I could bottle Kristin’s zest for life, sense of adventure and seemingly endless positive energy I would. What an amazing book so far.  I’m well over half way through with it cuz I can’t put it down. Just one more chapter…just one more…

So, I was hoping we could chat a bit about chapters 1-3, but let’s check in. Who has the book? Who’s caught up? If you need a bit longer, lemme know.

If you’ve read through chapter 3,  I would love to hear what you think about the book in general so far. I’ve made a little list of questions–below– that popped into my head to get the juices flowing. Feel free to answer any or all of them and/or reply to others in the feed. Be sure to check “receive future emails about the post” so you can keep up with others’ comments if you’d like. I’ll check back in next week with thoughts through chapter 9 (unless y’all need more time).

Before the questions,  I just have to say, I love her style of writing. One thing that hit me is how she addresses us, the readers, occasionally and it catches me by surprise. I have almost answered out loud, that’s how personal and intimate she makes me feel about being connected to her stories. Inviting us into the book in the ‘warmup’ chapter makes me feel that way too. It could be that it’s a collection of her blog posts, but it’s refreshing all the same.

Ok, some thoughts and questions to ponder…

1. Kristin talks a lot about using running to do many things for her…clear her head, answer questions, think, etc. I really loved her piece called Reset Button on pg 9-10. She says her reset run helps her move on through transition between “mom time and me time” when she drops her kids off at her “wasband’s” (Lance Armstrong in case you missed that). I never thought of using a run as a transition time, in daily life or between major events. Have you used a run for that specifically? How does a run help you move through changes, moods, etc?

2. Talking with women on runs is like a cool drink of water after 20 miles in the summer. It’s pure, wonderful, soooo needed for the soul and body. I agree with her thoughts on us being open, less judgmental and accepting of each other on run-chats. She says, “I wish we could always allow others to be sad without trying to fix it. I wish we could always be happy for someone else without seeing the holes in our own lives. I wish we could always share in another’s gratitude for good fortune instead of poisoning it with our own regret….”   pg 25. How does talking and sharing on a run differ than other times you get together? Do you run with relatives? I don’t, but wonder if my relationship with a relative would be different if we talked on a run.

I’ll keep it short, but would love to hear your thoughts as we launch into the book.

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If you’re an info-hoard like me, you love to read about your favorite sport, right? Right! So let’s read together. We’ll start with Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run” by Kristin Armstrong, then we’ll chat about it here – on the blog. It’s  in stock at Amazon for $9.59 if you want to join us. Since it’s not a novel, you can jump in anytime. I ordered 3 for friends and I and didn’t have to pay shipping. And here’s some info about the book from some other famous runner mothers over at Run Like a Mother blog.Those of us who live here in the Eugene area can get together in person. Email me if you’re one of those at laura@runmommarun dot com and I’ll send a couple date options for us.

Let’s start reading and I’ll put up a “my two cents”  post with some discussion questions on Monday, March 21st about the first 3 chapters. You can join in the conversation then or anytime. We’ll do a couple chapters every two weeks.

I can’t wait to dive into this one and chat about it with ya!

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