Two Austin women who contributed to "Tales from Another Mother Runner" will sign copies of the book at a party at an Austin running store next week.
Kristin Armstrong and Susan Shorn, along with the book’s editor Sarah Bowen Shea, will appear from 7:30 to 9:30 March 26 at Texas Running Company, 1011 West Fifth Street, No. 110.
Armstrong has written seven books, including "Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run," and contributes regularly to Runner’s World magazine. (Yes, she also used to be married to a certain famous cyclist.)
"I have two proudest running accomplishments," Armstrong says. "One is completing a 50-mile trail ultramarathon. It took freaking forever, but it was pure triumph to cross the line. The second is the first time I ran with all three of my children across the Golden Gate Bridge, a major milestone after years of sweating behind baby joggers. Glorious."
Schorn, author of "Smile at Strangers," writes Bitchslap, a monthly column at McSweeneys.net; she also contributes to The Hairpin and the Rumpus.
"My favorite gear for long, cold runs is finger-less mittens," she says. "When I warm up, I can slip my thumbs out and just push them up my arms."
Shea is co-author of "Run Like a Mother + Train Like a Mother" and co-chief mother runner at Another Mother Runner. She’s about to run her 11th marathon, and says she’s proud that she’s never run the same 26.2-miler twice, although she’ll make an exception if she qualifies for the Boston Marathon again.
The book comes from Shea and Dimitry McDowell, who run the website anothermotherrunner.com. (Where, I should point out, you can buy a T-shirt that says "badass mother runner." I love that.)