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.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wife Mother Runner

With training for Marathon #2 coming to a close I am getting a little SAPPY, so bear with me here. Our last Fleet Feet group run on Saturday was fun. The first 2.76 miles were as a BIG group. I spent most of the time talking to Paul, the owner, about his 3 hour Boston effort. We talked about marathon pacing, race strategy and he told me he thought about me as he ran Boston because he wore arm sleeves :) That made my day in a funny way.

When we were done with the run we gathered to learn more about race prep, I will pass on some of the good tips later this week. Then Janna and I hit the WET pavement for a few more miles. We ran in the rain from the store, to my soon-to-be new house, to Janna's house. It was raining and the route was not safe, but we got in 9.3 miles, last long run DONE.. Thanks Janna!!

Back to my sappy-self...

Jacquelyn with The Silver Maple sent me the amazing necklace below...
To learn more about The Silver Maple and to enter to WIN go visit Tall Mom pal Tricia HERE. I cherish the necklace because it makes me think about what defines and completes me...

  • WIFE:
It is no secret that I am 333% head over running shoes in love with Muscle Man. Since the moment we met we have been inseparable. We are a TEAM!! Although when it comes to running, and training for a Marathon, the partnership is a little lop-sided. Every Saturday morning I give him a kiss as I head out for most of the morning. Long Runs, Races, etc... countless hours spent away from my husband. I TRULY BELIEVE that my running and weight loss success are a direct result of the support I have from my husband. And I PRAY that I have held up to my end as a wife.

  • MOTHER:
Funny the baby weight from Little Stud #2 was what sparked my running. Between working full-time, running at lunch and being ZAPPED of energy at the end of the day, I often feel like I come up short as a Mom. I try to remember that I am providing for my family, making it possible for Muscle Man to stay home and raise our boys. Working Mother to support a Stay at Home Dad, it is a bit of a role reversal but I KNOW that we are making the right choice. Yes there is guilt every Saturday morning when I leave to run, precious family time is lost. My FAVORITE finish line is when I walk through the front door to the dimpled grins of our blue-eyed babies.

  • RUNNER:
How long have I been a runner? Hmmmm good question? I would say that I became a Runner the day I could not remember my life without it. When I started this journey I had to FORCE myself to run and dread it. IT HURT!! Today if I don't get my run in I am a crazy mess. Running keeps me balanced and healthy, it is an outlet for stress, a way to meet new people and a great way to test my limits. I don't need to run Marathons to be a runner. I don't have to be fast to be a runner. I don't need to compete in races to be a runner. All I have to do is lace up my sneakers and bond with the pavement. In some ways running is the easiest hat (visor/bondiband) I wear.


Thanks to The Silver Maple for this amazing necklace and reminder of the TRULY important things in life. I strive to find a balance of these 3 aspects of ME every day.

  • If you had to pick 3 things to define you what would they be? How do the 3 interact?

HAPPY MONDAY!

6 days to Eugene!! This week is going to be a little different on Tall mom because we will be moving and I will have limited access to internet. I have drafted a few posts to keep you busy. I am pre-apologizing for being a non-commenter on blogs this week...

39 comments:

Bear2115 said...

I just started reading your blog and I just started running a few months ago. I ran my first 5K on Saturday it was so fun and I can see how people become addicted. I really enjoy reading your blog and I wish you luck in Eugene!

Morgan said...

Love the necklace and this post! Good luck on the move and try to keep your mind of Eugene nerves! You're going to do great and get your marathon redemption!!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

you are so dang cute. Love the necklace, if I got one, it would say the same three things.Good luck with the move, and I know you are going to rock it on Sunday. I will def be thinking about you while running the flying pig.

Robyn said...

Aww what a perfect necklace for you, I love it!

Miriam said...

That's a really cute necklace. If I had to pick three things. And those things had to define who I was. I think I would pick Athlete, Engineer and Friend. I wanted to throw in something to represent myself being a wife so I went with friend because I thought it fit in better with the other two.

Good luck in Eugene!

Marlene said...

Beautiful necklace and very appropriate!

I love your comment about your favorite finish line being the front door when you come home to your boys. Soooo sweet! :)

Lacey Nicole said...

beeeyoooteeful! (you and the necklace)!! i love having "defining" moments and objects that just speak to who you are and you FEEL like yourself :)
xoxoo! good luck w/ moving!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Such a great picture of you. Good luck with everything this week! I am so excited for you and can't wait for your BQ!!

MCM Mama said...

Love that necklace and the picture of you wearing it! I may have to hint to hubby about getting one for me. ;o)

You are so ready for this marathon! Can't wait to hear how well it goes for you.

Rene' said...

What a great post! you are going to rock Eugene, I will be thinking of you this weekend!

Laurie said...

Very beautiful necklace, I love Silver Maple Jewlery, she makes such nice pieces.

Best of luck with this week. I hope Eugene is everything you're hoping it to be. I'll be cheering for you.

Denise said...

love the necklace!! eeek...6 days! i can't wait to hear how it goes!!

Kerrie T. said...

Beautiful post, Mel. Hugs to you. I hope you have a great week. I know your plate is extra full this week, but you do have an amazing support system, so take advantage and try to relax.

Barefoot AngieB said...

Will be cheering for you at Eugene!
That necklace is fantastic and I love what you wrote about the significance of it!

marathonmaiden said...

i love the necklace and that it means so much! woot for eugene being so close, i'm so excited for you :)

The CilleyGirl said...

Mel, you are such an inspiration! I hope I get to meet up with you in person at Sunday's race -- I'll be the one waaaaay at the back of the pack (but you'll be well rested!). :)

Heather said...

Nice to meet you.
Good luck at the race.

I love the necklace. Maybe I should start dropping Mother's Day hints around my house!

Suzy said...

Love the necklace! My 3 are the same - mother, wife, and runner. :D I can't wait to read all about Eugene in a week.

X-Country2 said...

What a beautiful necklace and what a beautiful post. :o)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Very touching post. I am so impressed with how well you and your family work together. Although I do a lot on my own with hubbs working away, I couldn't do everything I do without his and my extened family's support. That is not something I take for granted.
3 things that define me? A child of God, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, a volunteer, a helper, a runner, a supporter, a sounding board, a worrier, a comforter, the best rice krispy maker, a kisser of boo-boos, a worker, a blogger... I am shaped by more than 3 things and to say one is more important than another would not be true. Without all of those aspects I wouldn't be the person I am today and the one I will become tomorrow. How do I put that on a necklace?

LMC said...

Love the necklace. Great post. You are so nice apologizing for not commenting on our blogs when you have a million things going on this week! You are going to rock that marathon!! Good luck with your move and we'll be cheering for you on Sunday!!

Melissa said...

Great necklace. Very pretty picture.
You are going to do great at Eugene.
Is there a way for us to cyberstalk you while you run it?

The Happy Runner said...

What a great picture of you! Love the necklace. I would describe myself the same way -- and proud to do it.

You're going to have an awesome marathon!!!!

Jen said...

Great post.

My three:

Child - of God. Learning hear God's voice everyday and learning to love like God

Mother - amazing gifts from God.

Friend - I hold my friends very close and would do anything for them.

BTW: Check out my blog for a giveaway. It is Day 1 of the Five Days of Giveaways.

Navy Wife on a... said...

Great post! I am seeing a lot of that Silver Maple jewelry and I'm going to have to check it out.

What 3 things am I? Well, I dont know if I'm a runner yet. It may be what I do physically, but its not quite there mentally.

Taking the quote "you are what you do daily" then I am:

- A Believer, my faith in Jesus Christ sustains me

- A lover, of my husband, children, family and friends

- A student, not just because I am going to school right now, but because I am trying to learn something new every day.


So my necklace would say "Love, Believe, Learn"

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

oh you do have a lot going on this week, but you are going to do so great in Eugene, I just can't wait to read your report I'm so excited for you!

Hmm my necklace would probably be runner, friend, lover

Aneta said...

happy monday to you!
love the necklace. love the post!

enjoy!

S Club Mama said...

Right now I would say wife, mama, and Christian. If I added a fourth it would be runner-in-the-making LOL

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I love the necklace and you look amazing in that pic. :) So excited your marathon is so close now!

Zoë said...

Love the necklace, Mel! And SIX DAYS!!!! WOOHOO!!! I'm so excited for you!

ajh said...

This is a tough one. I loved this post. You described yourself and your attributes so eloquently. I don't know if I can do 3. I would do the same 3, wife, mother and runner but I would want to add teacher. I have been doing it for so many years it is absolutely part of who I am. I actually have been a teacher longer than any of the others.

Heather said...

what a great necklace and post. I love it!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Great necklace!! You are moving already?? That was fast! Wow! Congrats! I'm gonna email u a pep-talk towards the end of the week! U will qualify, my friend! No doubt in my mind!!

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It's great!!.............................................

Lisbet said...

beautiful necklace - I want one of those! I'm going to think about what defines me...great post :-)

Cynthia O'H said...

Three things that define me: my boys (hubby and the little guys), my health and my job.

You're so fortunate to have the support of your family. It makes the time away so much easier to content with; they understand why you are leaving them and, as you said, getting back is so rewarding.

Wifey said...

What a beautiful post ... and picture.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Stephanie said...

Great post!!! Thanks for sharing! and I agree...my FAVORITE finish line is walking into my house to see my smilie, happy little boy! Couldn't be a happier time for a mommy!