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, February 24, 2010

Winner and Article

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered the Running Essentials Giveaway. Special thanks to GoLite (HERE), Gu HERE and RoadID HERE for hosting. Without further to do the

  • WINNER is a constant commenter, Bloggy pack member and member of the Tall Mom 1,000+++ club who is rockin crazy miles trecking through the snow:

Shelly at It's Just One Foot in Front of the Other HERE

FYI those of you who entered have not totally lost out, I will be announcing a few little prizes once I find time to sort through the 400 comments :) so stay tuned.

  • Below is the article that was published on an internal website at my company today. The article was posted this morning and resulted in many many emails today. I LOVE LOVE that people were willing to take time to email, congratulate me and ask questions about how they can get started. Very very uplifting day in Tall Mom Land. I don't totally agree with the "Couch Potato" label because we were relatively active, but I was very out of shape.
'Tall mom on the run' gains energy,
drops 50 pounds

Melanie went from being a “couch potato” to training for a marathon. By making lifestyle changes -- and discovering her love of running -- she has gained energy and lost 50 pounds (23 kg) in the past 2 years. (Marian Lockhart photo)


“Running is my escape,” said Melanie Faulkner, who works in Renton, Wash. “But I haven’t always been a runner.” Despite having played basketball for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Faulkner took up running only two years ago.


Faulkner -- a 30-year-old mother of two and her family’s sole breadwinner -- admitted that before that, “I was burned out after college and became a couch potato for about six years.” The combination of her inactivity and two pregnancies resulted in a gain of more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and two dress sizes.


“I got tired of being heavier, not being in shape and not being an athlete,” said Faulkner. In June 2008, Faulkner became motivated by the company offer to contribute $100 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on her behalf if she ran a 5K race. She signed up with co-workers and started training. “At first, it was really hard to train,” she said. “My lungs burned, and things were bouncing around that weren’t supposed to. It took everything I had to keep running and finish the race.”


Following that first race, Faulkner knew she had to get in better shape. She set a goal to run the Capital City Half Marathon the next May. That gave her about 10 months to prepare. Her busy schedule limited her availability to train, so she started fitting in runs during her lunch hour.


“My building is surrounded by great running trails, and we have wonderful locker-room facilities. These things combine for an easy lunch run,” explained Faulkner. “Two of my co-workers ran often and really inspired me early on. They let me tag along when I was slow and out of shape.”“Having a race to train for and a training schedule really keeps me focused,” said Faulkner. She continues to run three or four times a week during her lunch hour, rain or shine, and fits in longer runs on weekends. “Even on wet and cold days, I know that I will feel better after a run. I never regret going for a run.”


“My training progressed and my body responded. The weight came off with the increased calories I burned and attention to my diet,” said Faulkner. She cut back on snacking, decreased her portion sizes and started eating more fruits and vegetables. “I started making smarter decisions at the grocery store and thinking ahead about packing healthy choices to bring with me to work.”


After completing that first half marathon last May, Faulkner was hooked. She has run another half marathon, a marathon and several 5K races and is currently training for another marathon.


Faulkner established a blog called “Tall Mom on the Run” -- she’s 6 feet (183 cm) tall -- and uses it to track her distance, speed and how she feels during runs. Her blog has attracted more than 300 followers, and Faulkner is challenging them to try running 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in 2010.


Running has become a habit for Faulkner. She has lost over 50 pounds (23 kg), feels more energized and now wears a smaller dress size than she wore in high school. Additionally, her onsite health screening results have shown a marked improvement over the last two years.


Faulkner offered this advice to anyone seeking to become active: “The hard part is getting started. Purchase good shoes and socks. Set short-term and long-term goals, and celebrate with incentives when you reach those goals. I bought new jeans when I hit my goal weight. Make a weekly plan. Follow the plan and check the boxes as you go. Focus on the things you did accomplish, and do not beat yourself up for missed days. Eventually, physical activity will become a habit and a way of life. I am a busy mom with a full-time job and I ran 1,033 miles last year. If I can do it, anyone can.”

  • My true hope is that this article will reach just one person and help them to find his/her way toward a healthier life.
  • If you have any questions or need some inspiration to get started please email me click HERE. I would Love to hear from you!!!

ASPIRE TO INPIRE!!

55 comments:

sideofsneakers.com said...

What a wonderful article! Congratulations!! :)

marathonmaiden said...

thanks so much for sharing this article! definitely motivational and inspirational :) i'm in awe that you can fit in running with such a busy life!

ajh said...

Great article! Well deserved.

Genesis said...

Great article Mel. You truly are an inspiration to everyone.

C.E.E. said...

Fantastic article!!

Becca said...

Congrats!

Badgergirl said...

Great article! I hope others in your workplace are inspired by it!

Heather said...

What an awesome, inspiring article. Congrats on all you have accomplished!

Velma said...

I love it!!! Way to go Mel!! Thanks for the Bondi Band - it is perfect and made me smile :) Hugs

Leanne said...

love it! You are a fantastic inspiration. I love the blog, so glad I found it.

Momma Twitch said...

Great article!

Melissa said...

Great article. You are a superstar!!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Wow Mel. I am actually crying. You will inspire so many people. When I was a trainer, I didn't inspire anyone. I MADE them do it. Now I feel like I am helping ordinary people felt supported and understood. You are reaching so many ordinary people who just need a little encouragement to take those first steps. I am proud to "know" you! Great article!!

Secondly, wowowowowowowowowowowoWOW! I won. I am going to do a dance around the livingroom....I'm back. Yippee! Thanks so much!!

Anna said...

You really are such an inspiration! Great article, great story to tell, great person! And BEAUTIFUL picture! How pretty are you?!

Anne Marie said...

nice article;-) and def agree i can't really see you being a couch potatoe...especially since you played sports in college;-) and pretty picture;-)

Running Diva Mom said...

what an awesome article, Mel!! That's too cool! You are inspiration to so many runners and non-runners out there. YOU ROCK!

Rebecca said...

Great article! Thanks for sharing! I learned so much more about you!

Leslie said...

congratulations! that's an awesome article and an ever more beautiful picture! Congrats! :)

Lauren said...

Awesome! Love the picture.

Alison said...

Great article and picture. Inspirational as usual

Zoƫ said...

Congrats on the article! You look fabulous, dahhhlin'!

Libby said...

Mel that is such a cool article! But why does the ground in the picture look weird? I noticed that on the other ones too- is that real grass/moss or fake or photoshopped?? But yay congrats and I hope you get to inspire lots of people at your work that saw that! You are amazing!

EricaH said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful article. :) And congrats to shelly for winning. :)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Such a cool article! You should be super proud! And I guarantee you will motivate at least one person to get out there and run with this article!!

Jo Lynn said...

Excellent! And, you lost those 50 pounds the *right* way. Good job. ;)

Jen said...

Next stop, Oprah!

Congrats!

Michelle said...

Great article and pictures! You rock!

J said...

That is such a great article! Glad you got so many emails and responses from it! Hopefully you will inspire others to run!!

Paige said...

Congrats on the article! Wonderful!!!

Carly said...

I feel the same way about a lot of what you said (having a training plan, what it feels like to start training, etc.).
Great article!

Staci Dombroski said...

Congratulations on the article! It just goes to show how amazing and inspirational you are :-)

Lois B said...

Congratulations, Mel. What a wonderful article; I love the photo! I know it will change lives.

Marlene said...

Congrats to Shelly!!!!!! (Lucky!)


GREAT article. I love your story because it always inspires me. I'm sure this will touch many and you may find yourself with some more buddies to run with at lunch. :)

Hannah said...

AWESOME! What a fabulous article highlighting all that you've achieved! I am positive someone reading it will be inspired. You are awesome!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohhh how awesome to have them recognize you and show off your greatness!!

Wifey said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful article and being such an inspiration to others. Your accomplishments shine! I love coming to read your blog and always feel motivated to go for my goals afterward. From one Tall Mom (I'm 5'11) to another, thank you!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

ShutUpandRun said...

LOVE it! Smaller dress size than in HS? Something to smile at. Great article and good for you for coming so far.

Shells said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! I hope you can cut it out of whatever publication and put it on the fridge!!! Congratulations! Way to go on all the hard work, and on the upcoming BQ finish time in Eugene!

Side note: Just took my first pair of Brooks (Adrenaline GTS 10, in pink, of course) for the first official run yesterday. In love!

Jaime said...

perfect timing for this post. you're always so inspirational! love it!
(and i love that trail. it's beautiful. if we ever get stationed out there, i am definitely hunting it down!)

Stephanie said...

Great article! Your blog is one of my favorites to read because of your inspirational messages, and all of the fun things you have to share! Great job for losing all of that weight and becoming the athlete that you have always been, but who was just hiding withen! I look forward to continue to follow you!

Amanda said...

Congrats, that's such a neat article!

Alisa said...

What an awesome article! I wish my company did internal inspirational articles like that---I actually know several runners where I work =).

Way to be inspiring.

Katie A. said...

You are a rockstar! And yes, very inspirational :)

Denise said...

great article...you deserve the spotlight!

aron said...

sooo awesome :)

Lisa said...

Congrats on the article! The picture is beautiful and really shows how much you love running!

Your blog inspires me daily.

Morgan said...

Great article and I absolutely LOVE that pic! Congrats girly!

April said...

Awesome!!! Congratulations!! Fantastic picture to go along with the article!

rubber7soul said...

That is so awesome Mel! Great article and great pictures!

RunKathyRun said...

The article and photos are awesome, congrats!

The Happy Runner said...

Awesome! Great article. Keep it up (I know you will)!!!

Maryann said...

This is wonderful! And I love the picture! Now I know running a 1/2 marathon in October should not be out of reach! Congrats on your success!

runkerarun said...

What a fabulous article. Congrats! :)

Linda said...

what a wonderful article. very inspirational - it is really nice that your company did that - shows they are really interested in their employees.

smooth running - have fun

Cynthia O'H said...

Great article. I'm sure you'll reach and motivate many people.