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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Test Lab Tuesday

So many many things going on but I really wanted to fit in a quick Test Lab Tuesday....oops put the old Logo :)

Today is the day I dedicate to all things I review...

Living, Eating and Running

  • LIVING:

Little Looster HERE:

The wonderful folks at Little Looster contacted me to have the Little Studs test their product. As an extension of the toilet, the Little Looster never needs to be shuffled around the bathroom. All grown-ups can use the toilet while standing or sitting without needing to move it out of the way. The inventor is a mom of 3 based in Portland, OR and the product is created in Oregon!!

Tall Mom Thoughts:Little Stud #2 is getting VERY close to potty training. I am excited to use the Little Looster for his comfort. Little Stud #1 also likes to have the Little Losster around the toilet for his comfort. My only gripe is that we only have one guest bathroom, and while it is very easy for adult to use the toilet with the Little Looster there, I do move it when we have company. Once we have a guest bath this will not be an issue. We have also used the Little Looster as a step stool for tooth Brushing.

  • EATING:

HUNGER and Weight Loss:

Have you checked out Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon and her Summer of Weight Loss of SOWL HERE. You can still join the club focussed on healthy eating and exercise. Kerrie posted about being HUNGRY the other day. I have to admit that when I was in major weight loss mode HUNGER was the worst part. I never felt full, I wanted to stuff my face all day. My tricks? Baby Carrots, Water, Hot Tea and mints/gum. Instead of grabbing the chips bag or chocolate there are low calorie alternatives. I am not saying it will CURE your hunger but it will ease the urge to stuff your face :)

  • RUNNING:

Race Swag:

Last year Muscle Man surprised me with the frame above for our anniversary. I love that he took the time to take care of my medal and race number. I REALLY REALLY want to do this same thing for my Eugene and Rock N roll Marathons... BUT wow would that take up a lot of wall space. Since I have been running for only about 2 years I don't have too many medals (they don't give many medals in WA). Eventually I would like to come up with a GREAT way to present race bibs, medals, pictures, etc.. for now, above is my Muscle Man's idea. Your first Marathon or race? Why not make something special to commemorate the event? You can do it yourself for not too much $$$ and it will be a treasured for years to come.

Tank Tops:

It is HOT!! Well not really, it was in the 90's last week which is HOT to us in WA. I have some great T-shirts from Brooks but I am in desperate need of Tank Tops. What running Tank Tops do you wear? Any favorites? I have tanks from Brooks, Sugoi, Lucy and others...and have recently purchased a couple at Marshalls. I want long waisted, versatile colors and preferable bra included. Any thoughts?

Trail Ultras:

I am in the middle of "Born To Run" that my buddy Jill bought for my birthday. Much of the book is focused on trail running. Reading makes it seem so serene and almost easy. However, when Muscle Man and I went hiking a while back I was huffing and puffing, good thing there were no houses around.. LOL.. I cannot imagine running up and down that kind of steep terrain. Folks like Steph HERE and Shelly HERE conquer these events. I may do a Road Ultra someday, or possibly a SHORT trail race SLOW and trying not to fall on my face. But I am not sure this 6'o oaf is ready for Trail racing. Thoughts on Trail Ultras?

  • If you have a product you would like featured on Test Lab Tuesday please email me tallmomontherun (@) hotmail.
  • My porch and mailbox are going to explode with some fun fun new products to TEST, so stay tuned in the next few weeks.

HAPPY TUESDAY!

23 comments:

Indi said...

I can comment on the trail runs at least! I've started doing some trail running and WOW..it is tough. You have to be so totally focused mentally and that takes a lot of getting accustomed to.
I volunteered at my first trail race and Ultra race this weekend and LOVED it!! These are crazy tough runners and I would love to be in that kind of company for sure :) Hope to be doing more trail running moving forward.

Pam said...

Seriously, you've only been running for two years?! Wow. I had you pegged as being one of the long-time runners. You're awesome!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

you HAVE to try trail running!!!! and from one tall mom to another, its not as difficult as you would think. im 6ft and usually very clumsy, but actually pretty nimble on the trails (watch...now i will fall down next time i hit the trails). i try to trail run at least once a week, it really helps the burn out. also in trail running, walking is not frowned upon especially uphill, we call it "power hiking". because its so much tougher than road running, even the elites walk sometimes. get out and try it, its sooo fun and a million times even more addictive than road running!!!!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

you HAVE to try trail running!!!! and from one tall mom to another, its not as difficult as you would think. im 6ft and usually very clumsy, but actually pretty nimble on the trails (watch...now i will fall down next time i hit the trails). i try to trail run at least once a week, it really helps the burn out. also in trail running, walking is not frowned upon especially uphill, we call it "power hiking". because its so much tougher than road running, even the elites walk sometimes. get out and try it, its sooo fun and a million times even more addictive than road running!!!!

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh i'm reading born to run right now as well, i'm loving it! also my fave running tanks are nike, some of them are short, but i've managed to find the longer ones lately. i made the mistake of running in a t-shirt friday night and holy cow was that a mistake in july in kansas. blech! :)

Emz said...

I am LOVIING the framed race medal. How thoughtful & awesome!!

I loved the medal I just received in Oregon [made from all recycled materials]. so sweet.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I just convinced G to run an ultra in the spring with me (probably a non-trail one) ... want to join us?

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Marlene said...

I think if I ever tackled an ultra, I'd want to stick to the roads as well. Some time in the very distant future. ;) For now, 26.2 (42.2 for us Canucks) is enough!

runsher said...

I just purchased an Under Armor tank in turquoise on sale at Modells. It does not have a bra( I don't wear tanks like that), but it is long.

Kerrie T. said...

I'm reading Born to Run, too. Loving it! Such a fun read.

I like the Walmart Danskin tank tops for $7. They may not be long enough for you, though. You'd have to try them on.

And thanks for the plug. :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I like that little looster. LBM could use that since he is trying to potty-train him self! It's a game to him right now.

Trail running. I may train 99% of the time on the road (with tough hills in PA) but as far as racing goes I am stuck on trails. If I could do all my running on technical trails I would. It is simply everything I want out of running.

Stephanie Nichole said...

Trail running is fun! You feel so much better the next day as long as you learn how to take the downhills and not hold back.

I need to find a way to display my medals. Anything I think of is just going to be a clutter and take up way too much space. I have my first medal/bib framed as well. Awww!

Tank Tops? I like Gracie's Gear ones... they are the ones with the front pockets. She was at the Seattle Expo!

Happy Tuesday!!!!!
-Steph, the running robot

Melissa said...

I got my package...thanks! I have the shirt on today and ran in the visor at lunch. :)

As for tanks, I have a twist tank from Athleta that I like and a tank from Target's Champion line that I really like also.

Java Joggers said...

Funny you mentioned tank tops... I'm planning a blog post for next week (I think)on my tank top addiction. I recently bought 2 UnderArmour tanks ($19.99 each) and will be reviewing them soon. One thing that I really like about them is that they are nice and long, so they don't ride up.

Middle Name Marie said...

I love the frame idea for your medal. I have also heard of people creating cool shadow boxes of numbers, medals, etc for a rockin' 3D effect (that is so big right now--LOL!)

I love my Nike Tank Tops. They are so incredibly thin! The ones I get don't have a bra top in them, but the thinness makes wearing one not a problem.

Amanda said...

Trail races are so much fun and so much of a challenge! I've only done a 10k distance in a trail race, but I'm looking forward to pushing farther. You should try it!

Christine said...

I LOVE the marathon frame!! What a great idea. He should do that professional, it looks amazing!!!

Angie Bishop said...

That step stool looks great! My little fella needs to work on potty learning too.

Have you tried Kohls for tanks?

Ultras are in my future :) Maybe distant but I am in love with the idea. Why not I suppose.
Trails are fantastic. I just have to keep from getting lost :)

Sarah said...

The frame is awesome!

I love underarmour tanks....the loose fit. I don't like my tops to be too clingy. They are light weight and relatively inexpensive.

ajh said...

I love what Muscle Man gave you! I guess it does depend on how much space you have. Ask Emily to send you a pic of what she has done with her first marathons although again space will be an issue.

destinationathlete said...

What a beautiful gift your husband gave you - I would love to have something like that for whenever I do my first marathon as well!

Megan said...

Thats stool is neat. My youngest is potty training. She taught herself how to bring the stool to the potty. Put the kiddie seat on then wipe and flush. But this only work if she's pants-less. She can't pull her pants down and prefers to pee in the pull up.