It’s only fitting that “Running Home,” the debut book from mother runner and blogger Alisha Perkins, hits bookshelves this week. May is National Mental Health Month, and for those not familiar with Alisha’s story, she’s been very open (on her blog and as a contributing writer for other outlets) about her intense struggles with anxiety.
In 2011, Alisha started running regularly as a way to cope with the increased anxiety she’d been experiencing after having children. Before long, she started crossing monthly half marathons off her list. The story doesn’t end there, but Alisha keeps it real with her tales of balancing mental health, the need to run, making time for her family and sharing her newfound voice through writing.
In case you’re wondering: This is not a sponsored post. We just happen to feel strongly about the courage Alisha oozes, and the goodness that comes when we encourage one another to talk openly about life’s challenges. In fact, we’ve yet to meet a Moms on the Run team that hasn’t done some form of the same (whether exercising together or not!).
Alisha’s husband, three-time MLB All Star Glen Perkins, penned Running Home’s foreward. He says the book is for “the runner, the runner’s husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend. … The person struggling with anxiety or the partner of someone struggling with anxiety. Even the dumb jock husband who’s scared to watch two toddlers by himself.”
Sold? OK, here are a few ways to experience Alisha’s raw goodness if you haven’t found a way to get your hands on the book just yet:
- Check out her blog at alishaperkins.com and subscribe to updates
- In Minneapolis on July 31? Take part in Alisha and Glen's annual race for charity, Fifteen's 5K, a Moms on the Run partner race. Join Team Moms on the Run with passcode MomsRock. Cross the finish line on Target Field, then receive your finisher's medal from a Minnesota Twins player.
- Planning to be in the Twin Cities in late August? Mark your calendar for Friday, Aug. 26: Our annual celebration banquet with Alisha as the keynote speaker!
- Feeling lucky (and planning to be in the Twin Cities in late August)? Then register for our Aug. 28 Moms on the Run 5K or 10K and pre-register for the Aug. 26 banquet by Friday night, May 20. You’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of two signed copies of Running Home! (We’ll announce the winners on our Facebook page next week.)