Catch the Replay of our Interview with Another Mother Runner!
Sarah Bowen Shea is the co-founder of the popular website, Another Mother Runner. Along with co-founder Dimity McDowell, they have built an incredible online community that, in addition to a website, includes a podcast, active private Facebook group, three published books, daily blog posts, retreats, training groups, and more.
The mission of Another Mother Runner is to, “entertain and encourage mothers of all levels to fit running into their crowded lives because we know for certain the rewards are oh-so worth it.”
Recently, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Sarah at a micro-brewery in Portland, Oregon (where we both live). We discussed all things running, mothering (I guess fathering in my case), and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon among other things. The Train Like a Mother training group has picked TCM as one of their target races for 2017 because, in the words of Sarah, “it ROCKS!”
I highly encourage you to listen/watch the full interview below. Even if you’re not a mother, there are some good nuggets of wisdom, plus I think you’ll find the whole interview to be amusing!
Here are a few Highlights:
On How Sarah Became a Runner
Sarah originally started running as a way to get in shape for crew at Colgate University in New York (with now-business partner Dimity!) She admits that she wasn’t an athlete before college and primarily ran as a form of cross-training for rowing. Eventually, Sarah says,“I realized I was a runner first and a rower second.” Since then, Sarah has run 13 marathons and is headed to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 1st!
On Why Another Mother Runner Chose TCM as their Team Training Race
“It will be marathon #14 and the only marathon I will have repeated other than Boston,” says Sarah, which is to say that the Twin Cities marathon is truly something special. She goes on to say, “[the course] is SO beautiful. It really is the most beautiful urban marathon in the country, plus there is great crowd support.”
On What it Takes to be a Successful Lifelong Runner
Sarah says to be a lifelong runner, “you need to find enjoyment in running.” Finding what makes you happy and recognizing that something makes you happy are essential for successful lifelong habits. Remember, you GET to run, you don’t HAVE to run! Sarah also notes that if you have to force yourself to run, find something else to do that you enjoy!