The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run
By Kristin Armstrong
(Rodale Books, Hardcover, 9781609611064, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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In Mile Markers, Runner’s World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong captures the ineffable and timeless beauty of running, the importance of nurturing relationships with those we love, and the significance of reflecting on our experiences. This collection considers the most important reasons women run, celebrating the inspiring passion runners have for their sport and illustrating how running fosters a vitally powerful community. With unique wit, refreshing candor, and disarming vulnerability, Armstrong shares her conviction that running is the perfect parallel for marking the milestones of life. From describing running a hardfought race with her tightly-knit group of sweat sisters, to watching her children participate in the sport for the very first time, Armstrong infuses her experiences with a perspective of hope that every moment is a chance to become a stronger, wiser, more peaceful woman. Running threads these touching stories together, and through each of them we are shown the universal undercurrents of inspiration, growth, grace, family, empowerment, and endurance.
KRISTIN ARMSTRONG is a mother, a writer, and a runner. She has written five previous books, and her work has appeared in USA Today, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parenting, and the Austin American-Statesman. She is a contributing editor for Runner’s World magazine and keeps a weekly blog, Mile Markers. Kristin has run seven marathons and one ultramarathon. She lives in Austin, Texas, and Santa Barbara, California, with her three children, Luke, Grace, and Isabelle.
“Kristin Armstrong has inspired an entire generation of women to get out and live life like you mean it. Mile Markers is her quintessential work; it left this man reenergized to reach for the stars!”—Dean Karnazes, New York Times best-selling author and ultramarathoner “Kristin teaches us how the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, no matter how long or how fast, can better connect us to ourselves and to those we love. She shows us how getting out the door for a run can solve our most difficult problems, temper a foul mood, and uplift our spirit.” —Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon and half-marathon and Olympic medalist “With Mile Markers, Kristin Armstrong switches the sun on a misty morning outing and beautifully illuminates the life lessons that make a run much more than just a workout.”—Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon and author of Marathon Woman “If you are in love with running, you will fall in love with this book. It is witty and profound, yet so down to earth that you’ll find yourself wondering if she isn’t part of your own running group . . . and truly she is. Her writing echoes our thoughts and experiences as mothers, daughters, friends, and sisters running together through the seasons of our lives.”—Jamie Allison, Founder & CEO Moms in Motion, Inc.