6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sore Cheeks and Swollen Toes

Playing Catch up life has been a LITTLE busy....

Jilly set up a bloggy-running-buddies Girl's Night at a local Greek spot.
Zoë + Goober

These ladies are a KICK.. And so so so funny. I felt a LITTLE badly for Chelsea because we got into some Mommy topics, but she was a good sport. Goober was the hit of the night getting oohs and aahs for her cuteness.
We all traded off holding Goober so that Miss Zoe could have a little break and EAT.. Goober is 9lb 6oz...HMMMM Little Stud #1 was 9lb 10oz at Birth....I birthed a baby larger than the one I was holding.. OUCH!!
We all posed for Goober pics.. Everyone was dressed cute and I was in my pink hoodie, I am dressed up ALL day.. We had some adult refreshment, amazing Greek Food and were missing Amanda HERE. So we TRIED to do the signature Amanda pose..
I am mid-laugh...not even close, Amanda is the master... I joked with her about doing a telecon but it would have been 10:30++ her time and she is in 1/2 Iron Man training.. My cheeks HURT from laughing so hard!! What a fun fun night. We said we were going to look at race calendars and make some plans, that did not happen so much, but I am sure this group will be back together on a race course very soon..


Up early, left the house when I usually wake up. Worked an event. Was TIRED and did not get the Giveaway posted or new folks on the Tall Mom 1,000++ Spreadsheet. Life comes before the Blog, sorry :(

You all saw my post about "have to" vs "want to." I wanted to sleep in, relax, and just be with the family. But I have committed myself to Marathon training. I had made plans with Carol-Ann HERE, a 19 year old college student and runner. She is TINY, 3 strides to my 1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE meeting new people, hearing their stories, and just chatting on the run. My goal was 9:00-9:30 pace for the 14 miles. My other running buddies were SUPER FAST that day so I was glad Carol-Ann was there.

It takes me about 2 miles to get warmed up, but once I was moving I felt amazing. The temperature was ideal, the company was good and it felt EFFORTLESS!! Oh how I have been waiting to get back to that feeling. We only stopped once to rip the top off some fuel. I like to look at my Half Marathon split because I would like to be a sub 2 hour Pacer for a Half Marathon this year. Our Half time was 1:59:01- PERFECT!! Thanks to Carol-Ann for keeping me company, she started a new blog HERE. Overall pace for the 14 miles was 9:05, right where I should be for my Boston time Goal.

SUNDAY Run #1:
I am doing a TEST training strategy on myself, with recovery runs the day after the Long Run. The purpose is to shake out the soreness and have a no-pressure "enjoy the miles" run. My friend Tall Amy HERE (we are the same height) met me for 6 recovery miles.
It is so different to run with someone who is the same height, Muscle Man is about the closest I have height wise. Amy will be running her FIRST Half Marathon this Summer with me, check out the SEE JANE RUN SEATTLE EVENT HERE. Amy is a part of the Tall Mom 1,000+++ Club and has been doing Amazing getting in her weekly miles. This was our first run together and I LOVED every minute of it. She has inspired friends and family to move and sign up for local events which is AWESOME!! I am sure this is the first of many many miles with Amy.

SUNDAY Run #2:
I got home and knew that Muscle Man was wanting to get a run in, before I changed out of my sweaty clothes I asked if he wanted to go.. He did, Little Stud #1 didn't but we said he could run on the track and walk some of the miles, so he was in. I WISH I would have brought my camera, the boys and Muscle Man were too cute at the track. Little Stud #2, who will be 3 tomorrow, was running with a bazooka made out of blocks, it was sooo funny!! My legs were screaming at me to stop, and I was feeling a bit light headed so we walked home.

TOTAL WEEKEND MILES: 22.4!! I can officially say that the "want to" has returned.. I have the Swollen Toes to prove it.

I leave you with a few quotes that struck me today... Monday morning :)

  • Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln

  • Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~Will Rogers
  • There's nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway. ~Mark Burnett

  • Though the barriers of life seem formidable, we find when we challenge them that they have no will. ~Robert Brault

  • Most people, upon reaching the top, look down and enjoy the view. The smart money is on looking up and finding new mountains to climb. ~Jeb Dickerson


Unknown said...

love reading your blog, and you inspired me to start my own. looks like you had a very successfull running weekend. will you be doing your free half marathon this next weekend?

Melissa said...

Great job! Don't forget to send me your mileage at the end of the month. You'll like the prizes! :)

fancy nancy said...

22 miles in a weekend?! Wowzer! I love the quotes and the fact that you ran 6 "recovery" miles! You are on a great track!!!

Days spent with friends that result in sore cheeks from laughing fuels the soul!!

Laurie said...

Nice weekend mileage! I loved your quotes too, especially the last one about looking up and finding more mountains to climb. Hope you have a great Monday!

Denise said...

yay!! so happy the "want" is back!!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln

This quote is awesome! I need to write that on my wall somewhere. I love Lincoln. I was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter for Halloween.

Tricia said...

great job on the miles!

Cynthia said...

Wow awesome mileage! I love the quotes!

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

Mel, glad you are feeling better about running after you great weekend.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

HA!! Love it!!! You gals are a hoot! I wanted to stay up and telecom but I crashed hard by 10. =( Thanks for the tribute though!! It is amazing!

Oh and I love those quotes, all of them!

You're amazing Mel!!! Glad your want to is back!

Marlene said...

So happy you have your mojo back! Nothing like some good comapny to help with that! Awesome weekend running!!!

Happy early Birthday Easton!!!

Bethany + Ryan said...

your weekend total was higher than my week total, haha

Anonymous said...

yay for the want to returning! it's slowly coming back for me too. and i really want to run with you because you're (roughly) my height...maybe an inch or so taller :)

SupermomE13 said...

Great job getting the miles done! ANd thanks for the quotes... I LOVE quotes!!! :)


SupermomE13 said...

and LOL... sore cheeks and swollen toes are better than sore toes and swollen cheeks right? :)


Kerrie said...

We gotta get Chels on that Google cal for races... :)

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Looks like a fun dinner. All moms (tall or short) deserve a night out with friends! Way to hammer out the 22.4 miles!

Zoë said...

I'm snacking on Baked Lays and laughing at our pictures. I just drooled on myself! Oh boy!

Happy bday little STUD #2!

Rene' said...

my #3 was 9 pounds 10 oz too. he is now the skinniest kids ever, it is funny how that works:) loving your weekend mileage. you are going to do great in Boston!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I knew your "want to" would return soon!! You had an awesome weekend and are totally hitting your stride!

Enjoy a happy birthday with lil stud #2!

Unknown said...

What a fun dinner and Cuuute baby! 22.4 miles over the weekend???.. That is awesome.

Unknown said...

What a little love muffin that baby is!

Awesome mileage! Super impressed.

Unknown said...

Great pics!

Great runs!

Great quotes!

Winks & Smiles,