6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Turtle and the Rabbit

While watching Noggin with the Little Studs I came across this WONDERFUL song.. Click HERE go watch ALL of it and come back.. trust me you will love it!!

I will wait...

This catchy Little tune by the Laurie Berker Band makes me smile. Want to analyze the lyrics?? Head HERE. This topic seems to come up over and over in my Tall Mom mind. One of the MANY MANY things I love about running is that no matter how fast or slow WE ALL FINISH TOGETHER! What other sport do you get a medal for doing the best you can on that day? What other sport has people of all shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels touching elbows and sweating toward a common goal?

For me I LOVE to go fast. I was a Basketball player most of my life, so my speed is GAME SPEED.....BUT.... I am also a running bird watcher, enjoy nature by the power of my size 10's and will run with a buddy regardless of pace. Slow or fast, I love to be outside and RUN!!

The point to my Wednesday rambling....Fast or Slow enjoy the JOURNEY. And never never judge yourself based on the performance of others. Focus on yourself, your goals and do things at your PACE. In the End we all cross the Finish together..

  • Would you consider yourself a Turtle or Rabbit, or possibly another animal?
  • What is your FAVORITE memory made on the Run?
  • PS. I am still not feeling very well and will be doing my Big Girl job from 6:00AM to 7:30PM, no time for running breaks, and with no computer, so I will be out of Bloggy land. Would you do me a favor and check in on some of the 1,000++ club members?? Not everyone is linked in yet...but hunt around and go meet some new people...THANK YOU!! Will check in soon.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

47 comments:

Tricia said...

LOVED IT! Thanks, I'm certainly going to show this to my hubby who runs with me and who would probably say I'm the turtle. I can't tell you how many times I've told him, I'm not rushing to FINISH running, I'm just enjoying DOING it. :)

...or maybe thats just and excuse since he is faster than me, but I enjoy my pace.

Happy Wednesday Mel!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Agreed, and the medal as a turtle will be the same as for the rabbit :) Hope you continue to feel better! :)

Fat Girl Running said...

Love it..." Fast or Slow enjoy the journey" . GREAT words. No question about it...i'm a turtle ! But hey...i'm thinking that at the pace I go...I have that much more time to take in the scenery :)

Staci Dombroski said...

That is a great song. If I were an animal I think I would be a turtle... I am slow, but I get to where I need to go :-) Have a great day!

Katie A. said...

Cute song. I start out as a rabbit and then end up a turtle - which reminds me I need to work on that :) Have a great day - hope you're feeling better :)

Lacey Nicole said...

hi Mel!!!!!!!! so funny to hear about the laurie berkner band as when i worked at a preschool this was huge :) haven't seen it for awhile.

i am now officially a hybrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hehehehe. i used to be ALL rabbit. now i am def in between. put on the rabbit feet when i need them, well they are on most of hte time. but put on my turtle shell, too, and learned that it is valuable!!

Morgan said...

It seems like everyone is under the weather lately! I hope you feel better! I'm just now back to the land of the living myself!

Great post and thanks for the links to the lyrics & song. I don't know what animal I'd classify myself as... I'm a middle of the pack runner for the most part. Not too fast but not too slow.

Megan said...

I love the Laurie Berker Band. Under a Shady tree is my fav.

I'm a turtle. I wish I could be fast. But, alas, I was not built for speed. But I'm determined to be a runner.

My fav memory on a run....I ran my first race over a 5K last Oct. A very small local 10 miler. I let my race nerves get the better of me and started out too fast. I was struggling by mile four. (I shouldn't have been. I trained.) When I got to turn around point, I couldn't see anyone behind me. I smiled at the race volunteer and said "I think I'm the last" He smiled at me and said you're doing great. I guess he could tell I was having a hard time because he abandoned his spot and ran the last five in with me. Encouraging me the whole time. I was really nice. I love runners, always encouraging each other. Trying to smile thru the pain.

Sorry it was so long.

Libby said...

Feel better soon!

I love that video and I have a feeling it is going to be stuck in my head all day long.

I'm a hybrid of a rabbit and turtle. Inside my head I feel like a rabbit, always bouncing around and can't focus on one thing. My brain also thinks I should run like a rabbit. However, as of right now, my body runs like kind of like a turtle.

Becca said...

I'm a trabbit (cross between the two). I like speed, but beings that I'm not that fast, I am able to take the time to enjoy my surroundings. I run without headphones not only for safety, but so I can soak in everything around me and enjoy the outdoors! Great post!

onelittletrigirl said...

When I first started running/tri'ing...I had so many insecurities because of how OTHERS made me feel. At some point, I realized how I really felt and my pride is worth more than anyone's opinion. I am a turtle. A very proud turtle!


FABULOUS post!!

Casey said...

I feel like I am a turtle. I like to go fast and always want to go faster, but deep down I know that I am not very fast. Especially now that I'm coming back post-baby, I am really fine with being a turtle. Being a turtle is better than not being any animal at all!

Hope you feel better!

Melissa said...

I am definitely a turtle, but working on it.
Someone told me recently to quit competing against the other runners and compete against myself. Best advice yet.

Marlene said...

This is such a powerful and universal lesson.

I'm definitely more on the 'turtle' side of the spectrum, but I have an inner rabbit too. :)

Hope you feel better soon and that your LONG work day doesn't knock you out.

Fair Weather Runner said...

hope you feel better! :( boo for being sick. take care of yourself lady. oh and for me, i have no idea what running animal i am, but i'm gonna say TIGER! :) totally a running tiger.

and i love some buddy runnin' as you well know. it's the best!

shellyrm said...

I love Noggin!! (They can call it Nick Jr but it will always be Noggin to me!) Max aka littlest one loves all those songs. They really hold his attention.

I noticed I got a security alert on your site. Probably just because the url is new but I wanted to let you know.

I've told this story before... One of my favorite running memories is shortly after I started running, my now 19 year old son was still very young 3 or 4. He would be in the stroller; and not a nice jogging stroller a cheap umberlla type one, day after day he'd sit there listening to music or just looking around while I ran. Not the distances that I now run but up to 5 miles back then.
I remember feeling a bit selfish about having to taking him and one day I said something along the lines of an apologizing thank you for tolerating my runs. That amazing little boy still strapped in that cheap uncomfortable stroller said to you, "It's okay Mommy. I know you love to run and I love being with you!" It still makes me want to cry.
That little boy did not yet grow up to want to be a runner like Mommy but he has grown up to want to push himself to see what he can accomplish. On January 11, 2010 he joined the US Army to see if he can.

I hope you are feeling in the pink again soon!

Jill said...

I am a turtle for sure! Slow but steady...but I have accepted that and am totally fine with it.

My best running memory was my first half marathon...the whole thing was great. I remember telling my mom as we were waiting to start "You never get your first half marathon back" We had a great time running and enjoying the entire race...such great memories! Hope me first FULL will be as fun...I know it will be memorable but will it be fun? That is to be determined!

momof3 said...

we're Nogginaholics here at NofSahmof3... wait until Sheldon the Grumpy Squirrel is featured on Jacks Music show when you're watching sometimes. It's SO training our kids to like SNL.

I'm some animal between a Turtle and a Hare... I guess, a possum, perhaps. Not that good looking, but certainly quirky & short.

greentigress said...

Love the video!
I am a turtle, but i get to run for longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise said...

Never judge yourself based on the performance of others...i love it!

Rachael said...

Turtle for sure, but I feel these little furry bunny legs coming in ... they should be here by summer. Then I'll be a half breed of sorts. It'll look gross ... Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) will have a whole segment on me and my half-breed self. Oh wow. Time for coffee.

Rachael said...

additionally: Whoa, look at that, almost 300 followers. Do you have google analytics? I know very well that MORE then 300 people are reading your blog I'm sure!

Lauren said...

I have never thought of it that way! I'm super competitive, and need to refocus my focus sometimes. I am pretty much a turtle, working my way to a slow rabbit status. Hope you feel better soon.

KAT said...

I'm a hybrid, haha, but mainly turtle. I love just running with friends, and engaging in conversation the whole time.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a cheetah on the inside, but a turtle on the outside. Maybe one day I will be a cheetah through and through.

My favorite running memories are from our group runs each week. It's a never ending therapy session and I've learned so much (maybe too much) about my girlfriends. Even if I never raced again, I would never give those runs up.

Alicia said...

I'm pretty sure I'm a rabbit trapped in a turtle's body. I want to go fast but my turtle shell slows me down. I have rabbit aspirations, though! :)

Favorite memory on a run- would have to be crossing the finish line with my husband this past weekend at our first marathon. That moment is permanently etched in my brain. We were SO challenged in that race and finished just as we should have- hand in hand. Awww!

Hope you feel better soon!

Suzy said...

Feel better. Have a good day at your big girl job. And, I'm a turtle!

Jo Lynn said...

I know I'm slower than most but I just love to take it all in when I'm out there. Speed is good for others, just not me.
The nice part about being slow is there's more friends to greet you at the finish line. ;)

Lisa said...

I'm with Becca. I'm a trabbit too - a middle of the pack runner. I could never be a true rabbit since I'm convinced my legs and muscles were not built to be a fast runner (how do people physically move their legs so fast!) but I do run at a decent pace. I also like to soak in my surroundngs and enjoy the experience!

teacherwoman said...

I am more of a turtle....and love it! :)

Heather said...

Total turtle!

christinamariejohnson said...

Aww, feel better soon!! I'm definitely a turtle, but I've been working on my speed for the last 6 months or so, and making some progress with my pace has been AWESOME.

My best race memory? Probaly running along the ocean during the Big Sur Half Marathon last year. I was having a great race (sooo much more confident than my first half), and I just couldn't stop looking over at the ocean and thinking, "I'm so incredibly proud to be doing this, and I'm so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful."

April said...

That was fantastic!!! Love it! I am a rabbit when I run alone. I always working on improving my speed. When I run with my buddy's I'm a total turtle! Running with the girls is more of a "social" run.
Hope your feeling better!

Alisa said...

I still get insecure about speed sometimes but whatever, not EVERYONE is out there doing it.

I've always thought of myself more as a dolphin =). Hahaha!

Dion said...

Rabbit trapped inside a turtle.

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Stacie said...

Great post. It's so true. I would LOVE to be a rabbit for just a race or two :) I'm stuck in the land of turtles but I'm going to continue working on becoming a faster one.

I really hope you feel better soon. It's stinks not feeling well when you are a Mom with a busy life.

One of my favorite running memories was when my best friend and I went on a training run a few days before my first 5K. I was so nervous. I didn't think I could run 3 miles straight. It was late and a thunder and lightning storm was headed our way. We started our run and we headed off into the night. It was amazing. The thunder and lightning was great. Just before the turn-around it started to rain. We laughed and giggled all the way back. It was one of the most fun and amazing nights ever.

H Love said...

I am rabbit in my heart definitely...just not everyone else can see that. So I am probably a hybrid as well. I am working on it. There is much value in knowing when to be a turtle.

My fav running memory was my first race ever. I was a 100K relay run with all women. There was 10 of us and I got put in the last leg since it was the shortest (4.6)
After hours of riding around in a van all day letting runners in and out and cheering...it was finally my turn. We were behind and only so many teams ribbon and if we didn't catch the team ahead we would go home empty handed. Soooo I waited and waited for my leg 9 gal to come and touch my hand. When she did I shot out of there and almost fell down (seriously) I pulled it together and was squiniting in the distance to see a body to catch. Long story but YES I caught her and passed her and we got our ribbon. That was the best and the beginning to my dream to be a rabbit.

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Hi- You posted on my blog a while back. Sorry I am slow to post...sucked into the Facebook. You might enjoy running with our YMCA running club. Most of us are marathoners or ultra runners. All paces too. We meet on Saturday at the Y ay 7:30am.

Stephanie Nichole said...

The whole "running spirit" and enjoying other runners company reminds me a lot of that book being passed around through the running community "Born to Run." Have you read it??? It's awesome... I think you would like it.

Hope you feel better soon!!!!

Funnyrunner said...

One of my friends LOVES that singer for her girls. I tried watching it, Tall Mom, but it's just too sickeningly sweet for me, sorry.

That said, I totally get its meaning. Some days I wanna go FAST. Other days I want to meander. I listen to my body. I run hard when I feel like it and take it easy when my body says whoah is me.

It's all good.

Heather Forcey said...

I'm a turtle! My favorite memories are the excitement I feel during races. Can't beat it!

Velma said...

I hope you feel better! I am a running cat - I go fast then space out and slow down. No consistency here.

Jill said...

Hum, not sure what animal I consider myself. Will think of that more. Favorite memories from a run? Ah, gotta be when I ran Boston last year...but in all honestly, I've had other races, in particular marathon, which were more magical.

Hope you feel better soon!

Oz Runner said...

ha ha...you did not just make me listen to that..ha..

i'm definitely a turtle...