Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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“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.

Library Journal
In this collection of entries from her Mile Markers blog (milemarkers.runnersworld.com), Armstrong (Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman's Guide to Grace), a contributing editor to Runner's World, writes of how running enriches her life and allows her to mark milestones. The blogs are arranged into 26 thematic chapters, exploring topics like friendship, endurance, balance, and gratitude. Threaded throughout are universal themes of family, Armstrong's community of women runners, and her spirituality. Armstrong can be witty, vulnerable, and inspiring as she opens up about her life and her running, taking us on training runs with her girlfriends and sharing her experiences of racing with her daughter. While her writing is fluid within each reprinted blog and her insights spot-on, getting to the heart and soul of a woman runner, the reprinted blog entries are not chronological, and this can be disorienting. An easy read or for dipping into, this is recommended for runners who love reading about the sport and busy mothers seeking balance.
Kirkus Reviews

Runner's World blogger Armstrong (Happily Ever After: Walking with Peace and Courage Through a Year of Divorce, 2008, etc.) neatly packages a marathon of observations on running and womanhood into 26.2 chapters.

Although the miles of the book (as the author refers to its chapters) often begin at a distance from the author, Armstrong's steadily paced prose soon takes on a more candid tone. Each chapter is filled with fragments on a theme, which often seem like disparate thoughts struggling to mesh together. The author's repeated references to personal achievements and the inclusion of an unwieldy circle of friends, whom the reader must also befriend, may strike readers as off-putting at times—as will the constant self-promotion of her popular blog. The muscle pain and endorphin rush she describes at length may be alien to non-runners, but her renderings of the physicality of running will have readers' muscles burning with empathy. Armstrong's anecdotes are clever and amusing, likely to elicit an outright chuckle or two. Particularly resonant is a passage on how runners distinguish themselves from the pack with the messages they wear on their sleeves, ranging from political ("Free Tibet") to personal ("In honor of my dad"). The witty tone and urgency of the prose, the immediacy of the scenes she evokes and the ironic one-liners ("My mother hates to sweat") will have even non-runners stretching their reading muscles.

Part stream-of-consciousness, part self-help, but ultimately heartfelt—a compelling collection of essays, even for non-runners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609611064
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 135,603
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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, on www.runnersworld.com. 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.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    beautifully written....

    i've always enjoyed kirstin's contributions to RUNNERS WORLD mag. she takes the joy of running to a whole deeper level. i just finished this book and have already bought 2 for my fellow sister runners. there is so much that touched my heart....some lines brought tears to my eyes. this book is not a HOW TO RUN book.....but a book for a woman who runs....who has found frienships with other runners.....and "gets" the joy of running and pushing our bodies to make a goal (whether a 5k or an ultra). it's a collection of short stories....so i was able to put it down.....and finish it later in the week. (that's why i only gave 4 stars) but i DO plan on reading it again. great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Inspired me to run again

    With well written thoughts like this every women will want to run!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Inspirational

    Very inspiring and an enjoyable read.....love her ideas of scripture miles and dedicating each mile to someone.....trying this on my next half marathon.....

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Great Motivator

    This is a great read for anyone who has a passion for running at any level. Articulate and full of humor, Armstrong captures the essence of why running is such a valuable part of our lives. I especially enjoyed how she relates running to life. The book left me inspired and motivated to improve as a runner and a person.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    It was cute and funny.

    Kristin is someone to be admired. Through the book she talks about runs she has been on, friendships she has developed and how she has become stronger mentally and physically. It was an okay read, but not something I could not put down. The book was rather disjointed, more like a series of articles she has written for a magazine (which she does). So, I am giving it a "3" because she does write with a sense of humor. She is very likable.

    I did not learn anything about running or why I should run. So, if you are looking for tips or inspiration for yourself, this is not the book. If you are looking to learn why Kristin runs, then this is for you.

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