Children’s Book to Inspire the Next Generation of Runners

Austin family writes children’s book about running

Matt and Hayley Sorenson have both completed the Austin Half Marathon and have run numerous marathons. Running and fitness have been a part of their relationship since before they were married to present day, with their two energetic young boys. In an attempt to help themselves and other parents have positive conversations with their children about why they run, Matt authored and self-published a children’s book entitled My Mommy Runs.

A child reads My Mommy Runs, a children's book about running.A motivating children’s book for all types of runners

My Mommy Runs is a lively, engaging, and whimsical hardcover children’s book. It’s inspired by running around Austin with kids in tow. The book inspires kids and empowers adults to lead a healthy and active lifestyle through running. With themes of friendship, goal setting, perseverance, and even taking selfies, this book encourages runners of all ages. Moreover, My Mommy Runs teaches children, and adults, that taking care of yourself is not selfish, but an essential part of caring for others.

How the running community helped

The running community played a critical role in making this children’s book a reality. Content and illustrations were inspired by individuals that the Sorensons have met. Dozens of runners reviewed and suggest edits to the book, making sure that the book resonates with a wide range of athletes. 

My Mommy Runs is available for purchase

In Austin, Texas, you can currently find My Mommy Runs for sale in-person at Lucky Dog Running. Owner Hill Abell says, “Lucky Dog Running is proud to offer the My Mommy Runs book. It’s a cute book that exemplifies our mission of transforming people’s lives by connecting them to an active lifestyle.”

You can also order the book at or contact author Matt Sorenson via social media (@g5active) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.