6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Start

There are about a MILLION running blogs. When I Blog hop I am overwhelmed by the vast number dedicated to running, training, diet, inspiration, etc. The names of the various Blog are pretty creative everything from 'Happy Runner', 'Jogger's Life', 'Skinny Runner', 'Run to Finish' and one of my favorites 'Marathon Mommies'. There are a bazillion people who post, follow and comment on the running Blog universe. I started a Blog about my running a few months back, then quickly stopped because I was trying to create something too difficult for the amount of time I had to put into it. So this Blog is going to be different.

'Tall Mom on the Run' will have no frills, just basic writing about the 16 weeks of running leading up to Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon (not sure if I will run a half or full yet, stay tuned). This is my journal of the journey and those who help me along the way.

So who is Tall Mom???

My name is Melanie and I live in Puyallup, WA. In high school I was a 3 sport athlete in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field (Shot put and discus and the occasional 4x200 relay). I would run 3 miles for fun in my neighborhood to clear my head and stay fit. At 6'0 Basketball was the clear choice so I hooped it up for Gonzaga University. GO ZAGS! My senior year I tore my ACL, I call it my "lucky knee injury" because I met my husband Dave (aka hubby and muscle man) the year I stayed in Spokane and red-shirted. Today I am happily married with 2 amazing boys (Blaine 11/05 and Easton 1/08).

To lose the baby weight I took to the paths around my work on my lunch break. I have lost over 70 pounds and am down to less than my college playing weight.I registered to run the Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon in Seattle on June 27th. I started training ages ago and felt great...so as an athlete my internal dialogue says "Can you do more?" On March 9th I started a 16 week Marathon training plan and if my knee holds up I will change my registration to the Full Marathon.

I love running and pray that I can stay injury free and meet my goals. I am new to road races my short list includes: Bloomsday and the Race for the Cure Seattle. This is my no frills journey of each step


Twincerely,Olga said...

Your blog is really cool! I love the 100 things about you!! great idea!I am 5'10".I will be back to read more! you rock!!

Kasey said...

Hey I just wanted to tell you that I started running after baby #2 also to lose some weight. I've lost 40 lbs. I too was a college basketball player (for a division 2 school in arkansas). Yay for us for making the decision to do something hard and different and doing it!

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Anonymous said...

so i dont know what brought me around to reading this but its so weird to think Tall Mom had a begining...it seems like you've just always been a running staple! But I love reading about your journey and its really cool to see its starting point =)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found you via Karyn's marathonmaiden blog. I'm another tall (only not so tall, at 5'9") mummy, living in England and preparing to run my first marathon in memory of my dad.

Chelsea said...

Hello! I'm a new runner (4 wks in, almost up to running 1 mile!) - but living in Seattle. I've gone pretty far back into your archives - and am totally saving some of your race recaps as inspiration sites. :)

(And, my in-laws are in Orting. So, kind of WEIRD to see your pics on the trail. :) )

MKreifels79 said...

Hello. I'm also a tall runner, 5'11". I can't wait to read more. I'm going to be running my 4th (3 official races, 1 unofficial distance training) marathon this Sunday.