More than a how-to-run book, Train Like a Mother
is like having a tribe of your best girlfriends (led by authors Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea) answering all your running questions. The 13.1 chapter book (the distance of a half marathon) provides comprehensive training plans for races, ranging in distance from 5K to the marathon level. Designed by running coach and endurance athlete Christine Hinton
, the plans offer two options: "Finish It", to help you cross your first finish line, and "Own It", created to help you run a personal best. The plans are easy to understand and my favourite part is that they point out which workouts you can bail on and the ones where bailing is not an option (because even the most dedicated mother runner has days she can't run).