Mile Markers: The 26.2 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 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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By Christina (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 06, 2011
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,... ...more
By April (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 21, 2011
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. I... ...more
By Eileen (Gilbert, AZ) · ★★★★★ · May 27, 2011
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 her... ...more
By Erin (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 10, 2012
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 tim... ...more
By Farleigh (Arlington, VA) · ★★★★★ · August 04, 2014
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... ...more
By Gretchen (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 14, 2011
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... ...more
By Amy (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 26, 2012
Touching snippets from a blog by a talented writer and runner.

Re-read December 2012. ...more