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.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Two Years of Tall Mom

Two years already?? I started this Blog to record my running journey, it was no frills and mostly for me. I still consider this my personal Journal but it has grown to be so much more.

An Obsession and Addiction? Yes

A chance to talk about ME? Yes

Fun way to review cool Running Gear? YES!!

BUT so much more than that. I have the unique opportunity to connect with people. I write and I am blessed to have amazing people like you read, or at least skim I can get pretty wordy. THANK YOU! THANK YOU for making me smile and laugh. For sharing your lives with me, coming to visit from across the country, leaving amazingly kind words and cheering for me. These past 2 years I have been called "Inspiring" if that is what Tall Mom (The Blog not the woman) has become, a way to INSPIRE people then I could not be more PROUD!


My brain was a bit frazzled trying for the perfect post for the 2 year Bloggiversary, so I opted to randomly upload a bunch of photos in no particular order and write a story.
If you have to ask WHY I run you don't know me very well. I run to connect with myself, my body, my friends, nature, to burn off my stress and fit in my skinny jeans. There are TOUGH days when I would rather stay in bed and CRY...this year I could not run after the death of my Dad but my running friend Tammy brought me back and I thank GOD she did.

There is beauty everywhere, you just have to get past the hard breathing and pain before you can get there. It takes a while, but trust me running can be ENJOYABLE. It is AMAZING to think about all the places my size 10's have taken me.

I could not do it without the love and support of my Partner and Best friend Muscle Man and our Little Studs. I know they miss me for breakfast every day, but they never make me feel guilty. I am a Wife, Mom and Runner.

And we are raising our kids to enjoy being outside and working out... OK maybe they just come along for the tasty snacks.. Those are carrots (not Cheetos) ;)

My Bloggy and Running friends have become a part of my extended family... This past Bloggy year we added a new little one to the group, Miss Goober is an adorable Addition. Sadly we said goodbye to the wonderful Amanda but we know she will be back SOON and we can always reach her via telecon.

Photos from Races and fun family days working out. The kids are not always on the best behavior but that is all part of the charm.
Muscle Man covered in sweat and me barely breaking a sweat and earning a ribbon.. OOPS!! I love that my husband will match with me, run with me, and kick it to the Finish Line not letting me win.. SNEAKY!!

I Run Like a Mother, although I don't do the heavy pushing very often..

The GOOD thing about running?? Hmmmm burning calories so we can EAT! And celebrating with friends to REFUEL. FYI Coffee post a cold run is wonderful.

We have special and precious moments, rare when those moments are caught on film. Congratulating Dear Friends for reaching life long goals and dreams.

And Welcoming New friends from across the land. I would have never met Marlene and Steph if it weren't for this Blog. Happy Birthday STEPH!! What a blessing!

There is so much JOY to be found. People hold back their feelings of excitement, WHY? Let it out!! Wave, smile, ham it up, be a dork, wear crazy outfits and enjoy life!

A Wave and a smile go a long way. You never know whose mood you may lift. I know it is HARD when you are tired, hurting or sad... but at least fake it for the photogs on the course.

The day may start with rain soaked pavement and end with a friend getting a HUGE PR! Don't let a little rain spoil your day, bring a poncho, put on some pink socks and create your own sun.

People from across the US are bonding via Blogs. We come together to race, eat and pose for a pre-race photo. It may not be a lot of time, but it is our time.
It is RARE when you can find a group who is just as goofy as you are.. people who don't care how fast you run or how high you jump ;) The joy in this sport can be found with the people you surround yourself with.
Memories you will cherish, and photos with just the right timing to make everyone chuckle.. Note to dude to the right.. This photo has been posted often but it is CLASSIC!!
Tall Mom has about a million self-portraits.. Some are pretty BAD, but others turn out kinds cool. Like this one pacing Jill to an 8 minute Half Marathon PR. Yes folks that was a GOOD DAY!
There are struggles, bad days, days when it is hot, you are sweaty and all you want to do is STOP! The Road Blocks are there to teach us to climb over, we gain strength in the challenge.
And at the end of the day if all else fails grab a few friends, have a Cupcake tasting party and Run it off in the morning :)

  • Wow that was hard. Hope you enjoyed my little attempt at a story. Look out for loads of Giveaways this next week.

  • High Five to all of you for reading and making this Tall Mom feel special on a daily basis.
HAPPY FRIDAY!

55 comments:

carol-ann said...

I must say, you are one amazing lady! I'm glad I've gotten to know you.

Marlene said...

AWESOME anniversary post. I love all the photos and the story. The little section about ME (hehe) made me a little teary. MISS YOU!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Out of everything, I give a high five for making friends and inspiring others through the blog!

I certainly haven't been here for the entire journey, but you seem to have made you dent in a lot of people.

Congratulations and here's to another fun-filled year!!

High Five For Tall Mom!!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Thanks for making me cry.

I love LOVE that pic of you and Jill after Seattle RnR last year! I don't think I had seen it before.

Thanks for taking me back through the last year +...so many happy memories, and especially during such a HARD and painful time for me. I can honestly say you and the rest of the WA and bloggy crew saved me in 2010. You brought many smiles to my face and gave me inspiration and just another reason to get out of bed, out of my house, out of my mind one day at a time. THANK YOU! =)

marathonmaiden said...

YAY to tall mom :) you are AWESOME! i am soooooooooo glad i found your blog and read it

love this post and can't wait to meet you in 4 weeks :)

We are Ben and Rebecca said...

COngrats on 2 years, and thank you for being another Tall Mom on the Run! I have been pulled through many of my "downs" by this blog, because where I live there are no other runners, and so I get my "inspiration" virtually. THANK YOU. I know it takes so much of your time.

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for this post. I am nowhere near your running ability.. but this post reminds me why I run (and why I blog).

Sarah
Uberlibrariana

Darlene said...

This post gets a HIGH FIVE!

sandi said...

I love to read your blog. It makes me laugh, provides me with motivation, inspires me to push myself and gives me good ideas on what running clothes to buy!
I am glad I found your blog. I love all the pictures you take.
Sandi

Janice {Run Far} said...

Aww, great bloggy birthday post. You truly are inspiring. Thanks for being you.

Morgan said...

This post got me all sorts of schmoopy! Running brought us all together here in blogland and I'm so happy that it did! Happy Blogiversary!!!! See you in Beantown!!!

Meredith said...

Happy 2 year anniversary!! Love the post... it made me cry! Thanks!

Julie said...

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a great and HAPPY post :D

Lisa {eatprayrun-lisa.blogspot.com} said...

I'm a blogging newbie and a relative running newbie as well-- I can only hope to be able to dedicate myself to each of those adventures the way you have. Congratulations on your Blogiversary and thanks for the inspiration!

nikeathena said...

Mel, you are a beautiful person and I so enjoy reading about your adventures (and misadventures). I hope to meet you someday, but til then I'll keep reading. You are just that awesome!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Love this post. And I really love that picture of us. You go girl should use it for promo ads. It looks like we are having a blast!

And the cupcakes ... yum!

MCM Mama said...

Happy Blogiversary! Can't wait until I do some west coast running and can meet up with you!

Samantha said...

I'm new to blogging and just found yours. So glad I did! Congrats on all your wonderful accomplishments, especially the popularity of your blog!

Run with Jess said...

Happy Blogiversary! And wonderful post... had tears in my eyes. It's so nice to find other women to whom running is so important as we attempt to weave it through out lives! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Never stop writing. Never stop running.

swyers said...

Congratulations on two years, Tall Mom! What a great story!

You most definitely are inspiring me! I would never have thought that I could take on a challenge of running 1000 miles in one year, but I am on my journey and looking forward to the challenge (also thanks to Marlene for her inspiration as it was her blog that lead me to you and this challenge).

Look forward to reading your blog for many more years to come.

Molly said...

congrats on two years! I love how I recognized all the photos, High Five Bloggy Buddy! : )

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Wonderful anniversary post. It's great to see all the photos and remember "sharing" those moments with you. Thanks for showing me how a family really works together!

Kerrie T. said...

I just got all teary.

I, too, feel so blessed to have you and all of our running buddies as friends. Happy TWO!

Rene' said...

Loving this post today. I love the pictures and love the memories you shared. You are definitely an inspiration Mel! Keep writing.

Rochelle said...

Happy 2nd birthday! I love reading your blog and can't wait for many more years of reading!

Kayla said...

Great post Mel! I've actually been reading your blog for about a year now and it is one of my faves. You truly are an inspiration to so many, including me. Keep it up! :)

Kate said...

Happy blog-iversary! You've definitely had some good times. I love the blog community! :)

Shelley said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! Hope you are doing better each day, Mel. Hugs to you!

Carrie said...

Love it! Happy Anniversary!
You have truly been an inspiration to this mommy-runner. :-)

LB said...

happy blogiversary!!! ive been reading for a long time now and have enjoyed every minute of it. you RAWK!!!

racing dawn said...

you are amazing! such a great example! it's so fun to feel like part of someone's experience without even being there! happy anniversary... :)

Rebecca T-W said...

Happy Blogiversary! This is my favorite blog, thanks for all the inspiration!

Katie said...

I've linked to your blog a couple of times now ... thank you for this post! I loved the pictures and the story ... and feel motivated to keep on truckin'! :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Superbly written Mel! What a journey--so thankful for running, the journey and community!

I have to say I love Tall Mom AND the woman behind it!

Elizabeth said...

AWESOME recap. Love it. You rock :)

Running Girl said...

Happy blogging birthday! And, the part about your kids made me teary & inspired me to make sure we're doing the same for our family.

Cynthia said...

Love this post and absolutely love your blog. It is one if my daily reads. I learn so much and am always inspired in many ways by your blog and by you as a woman, a mother and a runner.

Carly said...

Loving all the pictures. Happy 2nd Birthday to Tall Mom!

Michelle said...

Congrats on your 2 yr anniversary! I've been along for the ride for the past year and have enjoyed it!

LindseyAnn said...

This is a beautiful post! Congrats on 2 years and everything you have done in that time! :)

Lisa said...

You've only been doing this for 2 years? Wow, you've created such a great thing here! I think that's pretty evident by the almost 1000 people who read this! Congrats on two great years and all the best for the many more to come!

LauraElaine said...

Happy 2 years! Thanks for all the great posts and inspiration to other running mamas. You rock!

momof3 said...

The photo of you & Jill - gripping hands, is one of my all. time. favorites. ~sigh~

When I was training for Richmond '09, and I found your RNR post, I found it both horrifyingly honest and inspiring all at the same time. I love that I can say that and know you know what I mean.

I feel lucky to count you as a "bloggy friend", and cannot wait for the day when we connect at a race. Congratulations on your bloggiversary dear friend, and by the way, "it might be a soft J".

~savor the run~

Carmen said...

Big Super Fantastic Congrats! I'm one of those silent types...reading every day but not posting often because I never think I have the witty things to say. I have been with you from early on. Yours was the first running blog I followed and it got me so excited to continue my passion for running past the first 5K I signed on for just to do it with friends. Now I am doing it for me and planning my first marathon. Thanks for helping me via blogtown.

simplyrunningonfaith said...

I loved every picture and commentary of this post. These are the posts that allows us to relate to each other more. I remember some of these photos. It has been great reading and I will continue to do so! Congrats!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Happy Happy Anniversary!

It has been enjoyable to be part of your blog!

I love it!

ayshamartin said...

I rarely leave comments, but have been reading your blog for a few months now. It's fantastic ... keep doing what you're doing because I find inspiration from it. Love your picture memories from the past couple years; happy blog anniversary!

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Love this post aand all the pictures!!! Running has been wonderful to you!! :) Happy 2 year blogiversary!!

Thomas Farrell said...

Happy Birthday. Great post. All the best in year 3.

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

You've made quite the positive impact on the running community in two short years!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your two year bloganniversary! You are a great inspiration!!!

Little Miss Runshine said...

Congrats on your 2 year!

I think I have become addicted to blogging too! It is such a great community!

:)

kimert said...

Congrats on your 2 years!! Loved the recap. Great pics! High five to YOU!!!

OrangeBlossom said...

Congrats on your 2 years! Thank you for continuing to blog. You've been an inspiration to me. Just knowing that a Tall mom can have the speed you do gives me the confidence that I can too.

K @ Running Through Life said...

Happy 2 years! I love this post! Perfect perspective to have on running and life!!!!