Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm Featured in Run Like a Mother!!

Most of you in the running community know about the "Run Like A Mother" book, written by my friends, Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell Davis....if you don't know of the book, you've gotta read it. It's a funny, touching, and highly motivational book about moms who are runners. It's such a fun read and I highly recommend it...and as a bonus, you'll find me on page 71 where I wrote a little blurb discussing progressions from one race distance to another. Yes yes yes, twist my arm, I'll be glad to autograph the page for anyone interested. I'm also quoted a few times throughout the book; so check it out, I promise you won't be disappointed. And though the book touches on how us mother's find the time to run with all the crazies in our life, a prerequisite to read the book isn't that you must be a mother; non-mothers alike will also find it very enjoyable.

Once a week Dimity and Sarah feature a "Follow this Mother" on their book blog and low and behold, guess who that is today?? Yep, yours truly!! Click on the below link and check more of me out for all you die-hard Jill junkies and can't wait to learn a little more about me ;).
http://runlikeamotherbook.com/2010/07/08/follow-this-mother-18/

I have to say a couple quick words about Sarah and Dimity and how I became friends with them. I started following them years ago on Runner's World where they wrote a blog called "Marathon Moms". LOVED IT and followed religiously (ya know, like I do with y'all in the blog world now). In '09 when I was training for Boston, I also was also working on my personal training and running coach certifications and would frequently write a blog or post a FB comment about how I was swimming in classwork and training and 3 kids and trying to juggle it all. One day Dimity asked me some advice for an article and Sarah and I started exchanging gripes about our training (she was training for Eugene at the same time) so we kinda made a connection through all of that. After I returned from Boston, I made a FB comment wondering where to run my next marathon and Sarah suggested Portland, where she lives. She volunteered to drag my sorry butt across the finish line and so I took her up on her offer and true to her word she was right there carrying me in the last few miles. I had a lot of problems in Portland, hitting that notorious "wall" because I had not consumed any calories during that race (long story) so without her help, I honestly would probably still be crawling to that finish line. When I crossed, she was right there with me and made sure I got my medal and post-race snacks and walked me back to my hotel. I was very touched and will forever be grateful for her generosity. I met her beautiful children the night before when she took me to dinner and fueled me with post-marathon pasta. She's a beautiful woman with a sole to match. I hold a very special place in my heart for all she's done for me!

Dimity lives about 15 minutes away from me. How cool is that??!! We've tried many times to get together for a run, but have yet to actually do that (but we will). I have met her a few times, though, and went to a book reading of hers for another book she wrote and went to the RLAM kick-off party. She's smart, witty and charming and it's an honor to actually know her.

I am blessed to have both of them in my life. Thanks, guys!

If you click on the above link, you'll see pics of me with both of these awesome ladies.

I'm up in the mountains for a couple days....man is it COLD!! Burrr...about 52 degrees as I type this. My friends are here visiting from Dallas (I bet they're suffering from frost bite coming from their climate!) so this blog is short but I wanted to share the link with you guys.....so please go check it out!! Thanks!! I'm off for a nice trail run tomorrow (thanks, Kathleen for the suggestion. I think) and will be sure to take lots of pic. And btw, the 20 treadmill miler didn't go so well. I got to 10 and had bad stomach problems so quit ... but I did another 12 later that day, so technically I did get in 22 :). I'll check in on everyone upon my return!!

More later. Happy Weekend!!!

42 comments:

Melissa said...

Congrats! You totally deserve the honor. How cool that you know some "celebs"

Kerrie T. said...

I loved the book and, of course, read your stuff and thought, "How cool is it that I know her?" Well, virtually anyway. :)

DRog said...

NICE PRESS!!!! I'll check it out and also the link

Good job on the combined 22...heel okay I hope?

-Derek

Julie said...

Wow! I have not read that book yet but now I have a reason too! My very cool Colorado blogger friend is featured in part of the book! That is awesome Jill:)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Yeah!!! i just read and posted a comment on their site;-)

Meg said...

Oh Jill, what a great, great interview! You are indeed famous and I'll bring my book to Sf for you to sign. Please set up a booth next to Dean K. so I can give him a hug too. "I'll be stalking you..."
HUGS and congrats on the cool props!

Michelle said...

I loved the book! And I loved reading about you today! Congrats!

marathonmaiden said...

congrats! that's so exciting :)

The Green Girl said...

Congratulations, girl, that is awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog post about you.

Petraruns said...

I'll check the book out and LOVED reading the post about you - well done girl. Now that you've REALLY put yourself out there:
- weights routine - what do you do?
- clean eating - clarify?
- stomach issues - what causes yours?
LOVE that photo of you as well - you are gorgeous.

Lindsay said...

Congrats that is awesome!

Robin said...

Wow! Where to start? Let me get THIS out of the way first: 52 degrees?? Oh, SHUT UP! This Florida girl is WISHING she was there!!! :-)

Okay, now that we're clear on that little detail... You're in RLAM? I've been hearing about the book from another blogger buddy, but now that I know the 'back story' about the authors, I'm even more interested. Very cool! Going there now to check them/you out and ... YES, I want a signed copy (which means, of course, we have to eventually meet up!).

HUGS from Orlando (and btw: you sound slightly more upbeat than you did a wk ago...good news there!). Will catch up w/ you in next few days via email. Life is outta control here in FL.
:(

Johann said...

Very cool! A really nice read...and I'm a father...

Phoebe said...

Just found you b/c of RLAM... Look forward to absorbing some of your wisdom here! Good luck on your upcoming marathon!

Mark said...

That is so awesome, Jill!

Teamarcia said...

Congrats! Talk about studly running mom! Of course you're featured...as you should be! I'm off to read it now. Do I need to drag my book to CO for an autograph?

Anne said...

That is so very, very cool. And I love your answers in the Q&A. Always wanted to do St. George. Great pictures too. You truly are inspirational.

suzy said...

I absolutely LOVE this book! Congrats!

Marlene said...

Great interview! I'll have to scope out the book.

Enjoy those cool temps! *jealous*

Slomohusky said...

congrats Jill!

Scott Keeps Running said...

Very cool!!

Irene said...

You're so cool... and now you're famous,too!

Run Jess Run said...

Congrats!!! You're famous!! Can I have you're autograph?? ;)

Anne said...

How cool! And I just bought the RLAM book for my camping trip reads (in early August)...too bad Denver is so far, I would totally want you to autograph page 71! Have fun on your trail run tomorrow :)

Adam said...

That is so awesome! The other ppl who commented were right - you totally deserve it.

Jennifer said...

How awesome is that Jill! You deserve to be in a book as you are one of the most supportive runner-blogger friends I have. I will check out this book, I love reading about other runners overcoming obstacles to get the running done!

Tara said...

How freaking cool is that????? I need to pick up that book, I will enjoy reading about my famous friend Jill. :)

Have fun in the mountains; I was up there last weekend and froze my bootie off. What is up with this cool weather?!??

HappyTrails said...

Ok, so didn't I know you were a movie star???!!!
Just a warning: I will be carrying a paper and pen so you can sign it for me Sunday - heck, maybe we'll get you to sign everyone's napkins at the restaurant at brunch! :-) Did you find a good trail to explore today, I hope??? Looking forward to some fun on Sunday!
K

ajh said...

Awesome that you are in this book! I have got to get a copy. Can't wait to see you!

Mikey B said...

I haven't been featured in a book, but do four entries in the police blotter count?

Enjoy the cooler weather up there. I would LOVE to see 52 degrees in the forecast soon. Can't wait to see any pics from the trip.

Mikey B

lindsay said...

you live 15 min apart and can't run together? slack ;)

very cool, famous one! off to read that article and get more incriminating evidence of you...

Jamoosh said...

A star is born! I'm probably not worthy.

Glenn Jones said...

How cool is that!

All Things Jaime said...

Oh my goodness, that is so cool!! :)

HappyTrails said...

THANKS Jill for racing and then taking time to eat! It's ALWAYS a treat to spend time with you!
And you should feel good about your performance today. It's coming back. And I will register early for next year - our goal time is 1:05 -1:06. Yep. We are there. Hope you feel good in the morning - if you do, then you know your true running destiny is in the mountains! :-) Have a great week!
K

Black Knight said...

Cool! Now you are famous, congrats.

Sherri said...

I am excited to get the book, I am going to order it right now! Especially since I am friends with one of the main stars! =)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

How cool to be famous! ;-)

Enjoy the mountains.

Bethany + Ryan said...

hi Jill! i haven't been able to comment on your blog in months! i wasn't able to comment on any blog that had the comment box embedded in the original post but it seems that i can now! ive been a loyal follower, jsut haven't been able to comment! but i'm back now :-)

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Congrats on getting into the book! I must say, I am uber-jealous of your uber-cool temps! I feel like the Midwest transformed into South Beach lately with all this humidity!

AZ said...

THat's so cool that you are published in a book. I wonder if it would inspire my non running wife.