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, June 7, 2010

Post 500

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!!
Can you see the resemblance?? Yes I got my Dad's nose, sense of humor and many other traits. I know he reads the Blog daily so Hi Dad see you tonight....

POST 500!!

Can you say Blogger addict? Wow oh Wow! Considering Tall Mom began in March of 2009, that is a whole lot of writing... What I love about having a JOURNAL of my running is I can look back on posts like this one HERE. No comments, a post about my first week of training for my first Marathon, although at the time I was not fully convinced that I was training for a Marathon. Or a post HERE, where I talk about Time and Balance. As my 500th post approached I had grand ideas about lists, giveaways, etc... But then something happened... John Wooden passed away.

If you don't know who John Wooden is click HERE. A successful basketball coach, loving husband and amazing man, he passed at the age of 99. I printed one of his quotes on a piece of cream paper and put in an Ikea frame my first week of college.

Don't let what
you cannot do
interfere with what
you can do.
John Wooden

I may not be the fastest, strongest, smartest, most coordinated person around... but darn it if I did not give everything I had to school, sports, friendships and life. On days when I felt like I was not good enough I would read that quote and it would remind me that to be my best I needed to focus on what I CAN DO.

And more AWESOME John Wooden Quotes:

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Sitting with Muscle Man he was talking about an interview with John Wooden where he spoke of the love of his life, his wife who passed in 1985. She died on the 21st of the month and every 21st of the month since he has written her a love letter. Go HERE for the interview, you WILL NOT be disappointed.

He believes that the two most important things are LOVE and BALANCE. I believe that through this blog and my running I have found both. I LOVE to run but I also know that I cannot let it overtake everything. I have to balance my time and energy, leaving enough to give to being a Wife and Mother. After I cross the Finish Line on June 26th I will start a new journey for a few months....no Marathon training!!!

No I will not give up on my running, I may actually run more often, but fewer miles. I will replace training with FUN, LOVE, BALANCE.. Spending more miles with Muscle Man, my sister (I hope), friends and others who want to join me on my journey. Signing up and running races to people watch and enjoy the journey. I will hunt down PR's, my competetive side will not go away, but with BALANCE.

Thank you all for your positive comments over the past 500 posts. This community has been nothing short of AMAZING! I have learned so much, cemented amazing friendships and found a way to connect with others who have a twinge of CRAZY just like me :)
  • OK cheesy.... So you did not think I was going to let Post 500 pass without something for YOU, my amazing readers. This week with be GIVEAWAY week!!!

HAPPY MONDAY!

44 comments:

Java Joggers said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your 500th post! I love the John Wooden quotes -- very inspirational. Can't wait to see what the new giveaway is...Oh, and happy birthday to your dad :)

Carlee said...

Great Post! I love all the quotes and can't wait to read the interview later.

OrangeBlossom said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! Congrats on your 500th post.

Thanks for introducing me to John Wooden. I'm going to post some of his quotes around the house.

Jen said...

I thought you meant post 500 miles... But you are probably well past 500. Great job and AWESOME post today.

Happy Birthday, Mel's Daddy!

Kiesha said...

Wow...500! Kudos! I appreciate the John Wooden quotes and really like the one about character vs. reputation.
I've really enjoyed taking it a little easier this year and chasing my short distance PR's. It fits in nicely with my "Mom" schedule as I can wake up early and put in an 5-8 miler before my kiddos wake up. Balance truly is key. Good luck with marathon #3!

Kiesha said...

Wow...500! Kudos! I appreciate the John Wooden quotes and really like the one about character vs. reputation.
I've really enjoyed taking it a little easier this year and chasing my short distance PR's. It fits in nicely with my "Mom" schedule as I can wake up early and put in an 5-8 miler before my kiddos wake up. Balance truly is key. Good luck with marathon #3!

J said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad and happy 500th post!! I was sad to see that John Wooden died. We used to read out of his book before every basketball game. He was such an inspirational man!

Carly said...

Those are awesome quotes. Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

your simply amazing Mel....keep on keeping on!

onelittletrigirl said...

Wooden certainly is a legend! Those quotes are great- came a week early; that is what MBE is all about next week!

Marlene said...

"Twinge of crazy" ... I like it! Awesome 500th post! Thanks for sharing a little piece of John Wooden - he sounds like quite a guy who left a great mark on the world.

Also, Happy Birthday to Tall Dad!!!

Momma Twitch said...

Congrats on 500 posts!! Happy birthday to your dad!! And those quotes are just what I needed...THANKS!

Amy said...

Great post for number 500! I hadn't heard of John Wooden, but I have heard a number of those quotes. He sounds like a pretty amazing coach!

Emily said...

happy 500 Mel!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

those are great quotes! Congrats on 500, and marathon #3!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Oh, and happy birthday to your dad too!!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Happy 500 posts. I love the John Wooden quotes. They are great. Have a great week.

Tricia said...

great quotes!

congrats on 500 and happy birthday to your daddy!

marathonmaiden said...

happy birthday tall dad! great quotes. i'm definitely putting them into my "inspirational quotes" word doc :)

and whoooo congrats on 500!!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Congrats on 500 posts! And for having the end of marathon training in your sight!

Happy Birthday to Tall Dad!

Michelle said...

Congrats on the 500th post!! And it was a good one - thanks for the Wooden quotes! Definitely want to use a couple for my Motivation Monday posts!

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on 500! Love this post.

Alanna said...

Congrats on reaching 500! And thanks for the main quote - it's perfect for me as I'm starting this week to train for my first marathon. Can't wait to hear about all of your future adventures!

Julie said...

I'm a great admirer of John Wooden. I grew up in So. Cal and UCLA basketball was one of those things I grew up with. My dad once ran into John Wooden and asked him to go to breakfast with him. He AGREED!!! My dad is crazy but what an incredible man to agree to breakfast with a stranger. He was an incredible man of faith and dedication. What an inspiration!! Congrats on your 500th post.

Angie Bishop said...

Happy Birthday Tall Dad!!
Thanks for posting the quotes :)

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Tall Dad!

Congratulations on 500 posts!! That's great!

I'm looking forward to one solid month of no hard training, it's going to be bliss :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Happy Birthday Day to Tall Dad.

You have touched a lot of lives with you 500 posts! Thanks for sharing a little slice with me.

You will be super busy with a week of giveaways. Have fun with it!

onebadrunner said...

Love the quotes.

Love your blog.

Happy B-day Tall Daddy.

Morgan said...

Happy Birthday to the Tall Dad and congrats on 500 posts girly!!!

Zoƫ said...

Congrats on 500! And happy birthday Tall Grandpa!
:)

Steel Springs said...

Happy birthday to your dad and congratulations on your 500th post!

I loved the quotes you posted. The story about his wife is precious.

ajh said...

JW sounds like an amazing guy!

Running Diva Mom said...

Congrats on the 500 AMAZING posts and all of your success! It's so wonderful that you have so many people in "real" life and bloggy life to join you on your journey and support you! Congrats on all of it!

Happy bday to your daddy - my daddy's bday was two days ago! :-)

LauraElaine said...

Yay for 500!
I love all of those quotes too...so inspirational.
I am fairly new to the blogging world and can't agree with you more about how amazing and supportive this running community is. Good luck with the upcoming marathon!

Tortuga_Runner said...

So glad to have found your blog. Thanks for the John Wooden quotes. I was a basketball player in my former life and truly believe his teachings have helped shape my actions in life.

Rene' said...

Yay for 500! I hope that I can keep up and make it that far. The quotes were great and will inspire me through the week. I am training for my first half and this is my taper week. I am looking forward to just having some short fun runs for awhile too.
Happy Birthday to Tall Dad!

Laura said...

CONGRATS!! Awesome quotes and a great post.

Kristina @goodnweird.com said...

Congrats on the 500 mark! I just reached 100 myself today :) Enjoy your time off from training. I just took three months off and it was divine.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Wow! 500! Great job!!!

And happy BDay to Tall Dad!!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on 500!

I like that they have a spray sunscreen, and I love the idea of the face stick...so cool!

Stephanie said...

I haven't been doing much to protect my skin at this point...with marathon training starting next week, it would be great to have something to help protect me from the sun...I would love to win!!!

Stephanie said...

I haven't been doing much to protect my skin at this point...with marathon training starting next week, it would be great to have something to help protect me from the sun...I would love to win!!!

Oz Runner said...

Happy Post 500! Love your blog. John Wooden was an amazing man, indeed

Wifey said...

Congrats on your 500th post ... and Happy Birthday to your dad! Oh, and love the quotes.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey