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!