A veteran endurance athlete, Laurie Lethert Kocanda (right) has completed over 50 marathons, two Ironman triathlons, and over 10 ultramarathons… so far. Motherhood has made her tougher—she’s conquered more miles and covered them faster as a mom than she did before. Laurie is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has been teaching group fitness classes for over ten years. As the former editor of two regional sports magazines and a freelance writer for local and national publications, Laurie’s writing focuses on fitness, family, women’s issues, and pregnancy. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Tony, two young daughters, and her running partner/dog. Her blog is at

Kara Douglass Thom (left) is the author of two other books, “Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event,” and the children’s book, “See Mom Run.” Kara blogs about finding fitness in the chaos of motherhood at, and her articles on health, fitness and parenting topics have appeared in newspapers and national magazines. She was a runner and a triathlete long before she was a mom and has finished seven marathons, two Ironman triathlons, and numerous road races and triathlons in between. Kara and her husband, Mark, are parents of seven-year-old twin girls, a six-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son.