Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

Kristin Armstrong / Feb 27, 2020

Mile Markers The Most Important Reasons Why Women Run 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 signi

  • Title: Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run
  • Author: Kristin Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9781609611064
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ilIn 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, 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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      • Kristin Armstrong

        Kristin Armstrong is a mother, a writer, and a runner She has written six books, including her latest, Mile Markers The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run.


    776 Comments

    1. At first, I really liked this book, but I became bored by halfway through. I could relate to the topics she picked as chapter emphases, but it read too much like a blog so it was hard to stick with it for the long haul and is a book I would consider reading a chapter at a time, but not all in one sitting.One point she made in the friendship chapter sticks with me: (p 25)"I wish women could be more [free and less judgmental] in other areas of our life (besides running). I wish we could always sup [...]


    2. True confession: I didn't know the author was the ex-wife of Lance Armstrong until after I'd read this and looked at some other reviews. That doesn't really play into the book, however. I picked it up as part of my "running book" kick. This book is a collection of short essays on various topics, like endurance, friendship, hills, and more. Running is the common thread throughout all of them. After I got used to the dis-jointed nature of the essays, I thoroughly enjoyed these. I hope someday I en [...]


    3. I actually found a book on running I did not like. The book felt too preachy, too sermon-like, too motherly, too "the women I don't relate to", too everything that running is not for me. I didn't need advice smacking me in the face. I'd prefer stories that I draw my own connections and lessons from rather than life lessons with little stories/details thrown in.The book is a collection of blog entries by Kristin Armstrong from Runner's World. The entries are broken into 26 chapters with a differe [...]


    4. What an inspiring book for beginning runners! I found myself telling stories from the book while warming up for a run "Kristin said this" and "Kristin said that" until someone pointed out that I was talking like Kristin and I were old friends! Clearly, her stories resonated with me. I can't say as I've tried a peanut butter and motrin sandwich yet, but I wouldn't rule out the possibilityThe only detail which struck an off-cord with me was Ms. Armstrong's over-the-top humility about her own runni [...]


    5. This book doesn't read like a novel. It isn't a training guide or "How To" book. It is constructed of old blog entries and stories. I found the overall format to be hard to follow at times: races and/or experiences were mentioned here, explained there, briefly talked about again somewhere else. In spite of the format, I was moved by the running achievements of all the women described in the book. Not only the author herself but her running friends.She has planted many seeds that will likely be h [...]



    6. I Heart Kristin Armstrong. I've been a long time follower of her blog, where she frequently makes me feel like she's speaking directly to me. Though she is writing about running, the message is generally about something much more important. I love her willingness to be vulnerable and question herself. This book is a compilation of blog posts, organized into 26.2 great themes. Many of the blog posts I had already read, but it was a great ebook to read while sitting at the doctors office, or waiti [...]


    7. I am about 24% through this book. I am loving it so far.Ms. Armstrong is passionate about running (hey she writes for runner's world)But more important she champions being a woman, being a friend, but mostly being a mother.It is so wonderful to read how much she truly loves her children and how being a mother is so important.There are so many great quotes throughout the book, but I have to share this one before I forget."When we run we are showing our children, teaching them without words, that [...]


    8. If you are a woman and a runner you must, must read this book! I saw MileMarkers sitting on the New bookshelf at the library, walked past once and on the return out the door knew this book was for me. Let's just say it didn't disappoint.There is no plot to this book. There is no storyline, no timeline, hardly any character developmentyou are probably thinking what's the point!?Well, it's a compilation of great running experiences with a tie-in to real life. I loved reading about her different tr [...]


    9. AWESOME! She just nails it so many times. I took a long time to read this because I wanted to savor each essay and let them all soak in. I didn't know when I started running that it would be such an emotional piece of my life. Its hard to put into words what running means to me and it was amazing to read this book and think, "exactly".




    10. very inspirational - like A Gift from the Sea for the modern, running woman. got me out of the house & on to the trails on a number of occasions!




    11. This book was exactly the inspiration I needed to jump into running again and sign up for a race. Kristin writes beautifully about running's ability to lift you from any dark place, fight through the hard times and savor the good times even more. Her humor and love for life is apparent in her respect for the sport as more of a spiritual practice, that when treated with reverence, will bring you to a better place mentally, physically and emotionally. I'm going to buy a copy to revisit chapters in [...]


    12. Another one from Kristin that is great. Also great because she pairs health and encouraging words here. Oh did I mention already that she is a mom too?! You're going to love this one as she walks you thru some of her tough days of just trying to roll out of bed to stay healthy and having to line up her brother to come over at the crack of dawn to watch her sleeping kiddos in efforts to take advantage of her only uninterrupted time to exercise. #awesomebrother


    13. I loved this book even though many of the overarching themes don't apply to me. I am not a mother, I don't practice a religion, and I don't have a core group of female runner friends to suffer through speedwork and hill repeats with. But this book made me feel inspired to be a better runner and a better person. I am so excited to chase my sub-2 hour half marathon goal and my sub-5 hour marathon goal. I love running and I love how running makes me feel, both physically and mentally.


    14. Even though I've read a lot of books about running, I always gravitate towards books like these. They are awesome and inspiration. Not giving it a 5-star because something wasn't quite there. I can't point what exactly didn't make it a 5star book (and honestly ratings are nothing) but still. It's funny she considered herself as a slow runner when she was running a marathon within 3:36 :D likw what? Girl. Bye. Recommended for fellow runners.


    15. Fun readLove this book and as a runner it a perfect. Kristin shares her views in running and some struggles she's has which are entirely relatable and don't make me feel like I'm a crazy runner anymore.


    16. Reading author Kristin Armstrong’s “Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run” was like one of my morning jogs: I started out hating it, then began warming up to it, and when I was done, I felt so much better for sticking with it.Armstrong, a contributing editor at one of my favorite magazines Runner’s World, came out with “Mile Markers” in 2011. It’s a compilation of her Mile Markers blog entries, arranged thematically. It’s easy to read (I read most of it on t [...]


    17. 3.5/5I love this line: "I am not a good runner because I am me; I am a good me because I am a runner." p. 4Mile 6 MothersAhead of the Wave: Rough run. 5 yo girls are with her at practice. Tough training repeats, spent. One girl asks why Paige always beats her. Paige comes over at that moment and told the girls that their mommy does run with her. Did last 800. Slipped to last. Paige dropped back to the "bleeding antelope section" finished together. It wasn't so much that I needed some redemption [...]


    18. Honestly? I struggled to finish this book.The author writes for Runner's World, and the book is a collection of her blog posts. The writing itself is perfectly fine, but -- I'm not entirely sure how to explain this -- it feels like blog posts. There's a certain casual feel to the writing, a familiarity and perhaps a looseness, that makes sense in a blog but, in a book, feels a littleoppy.I have no objection to drawing on old material, but I wish these essays had been more extensively rewritten. [...]


    19. Recommended to me by a friend who is also a runner, this booked helped pick me up out of a running slump. While that slump was primarly weather related, Mile Markers gave me some sincere inspiration and provided me with a few doors to some needed introspection.The author and publisher do not disguise that this book is mostly recycled material from Armstrong's popular blog. The material works better as a blog. The narrative jumps around in time through different periods of contentment, stress, an [...]


    20. This was a love/hate book for me. I love the topic, I love how Kristin so accurately captures the internal dialog of running, and how she articulates the similarities between running and life. I found myself wanting to highlight so many thoughts and ideas to share with other people, or to explain things I myself can't put into words, saying "Yes! Exactly!" outloud while reading. However, I hated the format of this book. I am not a fan of a collection of short stories disguised as a book and this [...]


    21. I really liked this book. It wasn't particularly well-written and as a collection of previous blog entries, it was a little hard to follow. It also got a little maudlin for my tastes at times. But overall, Kristin comes across as genuine and likeable. I didn't even realize she was Lance Armstrong's ex-wife until I was halfway through the book (despite the fact that she references him several times, lol). The funny thing is that I have always felt sorry for his (previously nameless, to me) ex-wif [...]


    22. Loved this book. Here's a little taste of the reason why:"That's why I train, right there. I don't train because I want to be able to DO things (run a faster 5-K, beat my marathon PR, make someone eat dust on a trail, though those things aren't bad). I train because I want to BE something better than I would be if I didn't train. If someone I love is faltering, I want to be the kind of woman who can [move]; I want to be strong enough to carry some of his or her burden along with my own. I want t [...]


    23. Once in a while you don't need to read a book to know with utter certainty that it's unreadable, cynical shit thrown together on the basis of the thinnest possible pretext to make a few quid. I'd prefer to run another marathon than read this. appears to have recommended it on the basis of my giving a five star rating to Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, in response to which I have one comment and one question, as they say on the conference circuit. Comment: how dare [...]


    24. There were things I really enjoyed about this book. There are some great quotes in it and the themes of each "mile" in the book are ones I can definitely relate to. However, there were times that I found it hard to relate to the author. I must admit that based on the title, I thought the book would be about more women than just the author and her group of friends. I thought there would be (and wish there was) more interviews with different women and their stories. Once I realized the whole book [...]


    25. A few thoughts - 1) I agree with Ciara; it's repetitive. This book would be best read as sort of a daily running devotional rather than in large chunks. 2) If I ever run a marathon, it will be because of these aspirational words: "If you have experienced .2 [of 26.2], . . . you will never take a shortcut on effort just because no one is watching. You will never say, 'Eh, it doesn't matter.' Because it does matter. If you have slogged through the final .2 of a marathon, then you know intimately t [...]


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