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Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo by Jennifer Luitwieler
Publisher: Civitas Press
Publish Date: September, 2011
Buy It: Amazon.com and civitaspress.com
We’re so excited for Jennifer Luitwieler–one of our very own Prime Parents’ Club contributors–and her upcoming book release, Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo. When Prime Parents’ Club founder and editor (and current non-runner) Jacqueline Wilson finally caught up with her, here’s what Jennifer had to say about her herself, dog poo and why her book isn’t just for runners.
Tell us about your book.
The book starts with the reason why I began a running life, though I’m not a ‘natural’ athlete by any stretch of any imagination. Because running offered me such long periods of reflection, I began to wrestle with some assumptions I had made; about my past, about my future, about myself, where I’d been and where I wanted to go. Figured out that most of my assumptions were wrong, and I needed to get rid of them, move them out while The Dog takes care of his business. I reflect on a life as a Preacher’s Kid, growing up in different churches that taught many different lessons, most of which I carried with me, for better or worse, into adulthood. I also write about the daily fight I have with chronic depression, which I’ve battled since my teen years.
I must admit, as a non-runner, I’m kind of intimidated by the title. Would I still be interested?
You’d be interested in my book because it’s actually not really about running. It’s about a woman, a dog and a quest. I write about running because it is merely a vehicle through which I discovered that once a stay at home mom does not equal always a stay at home mom; through running, I learned a grace I did not learn through the church. Through running, I found one more weapon against depression. I stopped comparing my butt size to other women’s butt size. I started wearing, saying and doing the things I wanted to wear, say and do. It’s really about a woman letting herself be who she is.
I like that, especially the part about butt sizes. Speaking of butts, your title has “Poo” in it. How did you swing that?
Yeah. I know. My mother is going to be so proud. Poo was really the impetus for the book and therefore had to be in the title. It refers to the fact that I began running to try to train The Dog from pooping in my house. Turns out his poo could be a rather pungent metaphor for the junk I had been carrying around in my own life.
So poo was an inspiration for running?
The Dog was an inspiration for running, but the writing of the book came as a result of positive responses from some blog posts I had written about how amazing running made me feel.
How long have you been running now?
I started running in March, 2010. Been running ever since.
How is running like writing for you?
So many ways. When I finished the book I felt the same way I felt when I finished both half marathons I ran this year. Tired, sort of numb, and sort of blank. I feel like it took more of me than I expected it to take and I’m grateful for editors who pushed me in the right ways to “go deeper.” The reality is, writing and running are mirror images. Both seem high and lofty. Both require a certain skill set. Both can be improved with time and practice. Most people don’t just sit down and bust out a “Grapes of Wrath” or an Ironman triathlon. It takes grinding, daily work. And? the reward isn’t actually finishing it. The reward is what tiny nuggets of truth are revealed during the process. Weird, right?
Actually, it makes perfect sense. If you had to describe your book in one word, what would it be?
What are you working on now?
First, I am focusing on learning how to answer questions like these and preparing for a first year in a homeschooling adventure. Yes. See? I write in the book about how my kids get to go to school full time so I can write during the day. And now that’s totally different, and a different interview. Once they get started on that, I’ll outline my first novel and get cracking on that. I plan to run the Tulsa Run in October (15K) and the Route 66 Half Marathon in November.
Sounds…busy. Anything else you would like to share before you run off again?
I guess I want people to understand that I believe every story has value, that I think we all have inner strength we don’t recognize until we need it. My mantra is “I can do hard things.” Because it’s true.
Ready to win a copy of Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo? Jennifer has graciously agreed to provide a signed copy of her new book to one of our lucky Prime Parents’ Club readers.
Here’s all you need to do:
Leave a comment on this post why you would like to read Jennifer’s book. (That’s it!)
On September 9, 2011, we will randomly select (via random.org) one winner from all comments. The winner will be notified via email on their comment. Good luck!
Entries must be received by midnight EST, September 9, 2011, to be eligible.
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