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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Work in Progress

If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would be running the Boston Marathon I may not have believed you. I could barely run a mile without gasping for air. I signed up for my first 5K because my company would give $100 to Susan G. Komen if I Finished. I wanted to DIE, I wanted to WALK, that 5K was all I had in me that day! That 5K in June 2008 lead to a new life pattern. I was running 3-5 times a week, the weight was coming off and it was getting easier.. NOT EASY!! But easier. A friend had always thought about Running a Half Marathon, so we signed up for Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon. I had just under a year to train.

I cleaned up my diet, dropped more weight and started the Half training plan. My body responded well to the training...in the back of my mind I thought MAYBE I would run a Marathon?? Maybe.. I was way ahead of the plan so I registered for my first Half Marathon.May 2009 the perfect day with my Husband there for support. I made a few ROOKIE mistakes, dressing to warm, not going to the bathroom one last time, and going out WAY TOO FAST.. That Finish Line was Amazing. I paid $$ and changed my Rock N Roll Registration to the Full Marathon.
As a former college athlete I tend to have high confidence in my abilities.. I believed that I could BQ First time out...I was on pace for 11 miles then my bladder gave out. It was not pretty, but I finished my First Marathon... I said "Don't ever let me do this Again." Yeah Right! The Marathon and I had unfinished business. As a Mom of 2 with a Full Time Career there are few chances in life to SHINE, to reach for Goals, to do something for just ME. Boston for me was not about Qualifying it was about proving that I still had the Fire to set a goal and Achieve it.
Eugene was PERFECT in so many ways... I really could not have asked for better weather. Muscle Man was there for me the whole way I saw him 6 times!! And at the end of the day I had done it. 26.2 Miles in 3:37:06 or 8:18 pace. WHAT?? This from someone who could barely run a mile.

  • Why am I telling you this? First off because I want you to know that it is OK to be a Work in Progress. Dreams take time to achieve. Dreams also take a belief in yourself and a willingness to get out of bed and make the effort. You may just surprise yourself. I sure did!!

I cannot say Thank you Enough to everyone who has supported me through this training cycle for Boston. It has been a long road and I have leaned on many many people.. So here is my Thank you..
  • Muscle Man- Thank you for believing in me, for eating pasta on Friday Nights and watching the Little Studs on Saturday and Sunday mornings without ever complaining. You make this all possible for me. And I know you are just a LITTLE excited for me to take a break from 26.2 for a bit.

  • Little Studs- I am sure you don't really understand what I am doing, or why I dress crazy and leave when it is dark. You ask "How far is a Marathon?" and "Do you really have to go to Boston?" I take time away for you, which pulls at my heart. But at the end of the day having a healthy and happy Mommy will make your life so much better. I promise we will do some fun things this Summer on Weekend mornings!

  • My Family- We have all been through a lot. I know that you have needed me and I may not have fully been there for you. But you never made me feel guilty for continuing with my dream. Mom your strength to continue on is Inspiring.

  • My Running Buddies- Muscle Man, Amy, Tink, Zoe, Kerrie, Jill, Janna, Tammy, Heidi, AC, and all of you out there on the trails who wave and smile. I have to include Chelsea, Jess and Harmony, although I have not run with you I feel like I have :)

  • Lynette- Thank you for your support, love and friendship. Your thoughtfulness and ability to multitask is inspiring. You help me remember that on tough days it could be tougher.
  • Virtual Friends!! That means you all!! Your Comments lift my spirits and make my day. I know that I can rarely make it around to reply, but know that I do read every comment and feel blessed that anyone stops in to read Tall Mom. You are all GREAT!!

  • Thank you to my Cousin Kathy for this Kick Butt shirt I will be wearing on the plane on Saturday morning
  • Zoe for the card and red lip stain and Kerrie for the book to capture all my thoughts about Boston. You two took time out to make sure I had these gifts to take with me and I am still in awe of the thoughtfulness. I will surely repay the sentiment come June for your FIRST MARATHON!!
  • Amy for the Surprise yesterday!! Wrapped in Yellow and Blue Boston Colors. This gift was so thoughtful and took some planning. I feel BLESSED to have Amy as a friend and Running partner. It was a treat to run with someone newer to running during training. It helped me remember those milestones and how GOOD it feels to reach new limits.
  • To Shannon at Moeben HERE for sending another pair of Sleeves when the first pair were too big. Amy worked some magic there and my race outfit is complete!!

Cheesy yes, but hey this is my Journey... I am still a work in progress 4 days from the next adventure. START TODAY!! Who knows where you could be 3 years from now!!


Marlene said...


Danielle C. said...

Awesome, thank you for sharing your journey!!!

I am a new reader to your blog in the last month or so. Do you work at the Lazy B? (I do... lol)

Marlene said...

Now that that's out of the way...

WHAT a journey it has been. I have loved getting to know you and following along on your challenges and (moreso!) successes. You have taught me to BELIEVE and I won't stop now. :)

Awesome gifts from your friends. Wish I had put something together for you. Just know I will be thinking about you on Monday... my fave tall buddy!!


fancy nancy said...

What an amazing journey it has been for you! I love how you say it's ok to be a work in progress!!!

Advice....don't go out too fast...those downhills are deceiving! More than anything....enjoy the fruits of your labor! Boston is such a challenge to run but it is am AMAZING race!!! Soak it all in!!! You will never forget it!!!

X-Country2 said...

I'm so excited for you. You're my mom inspiration, you know. I haven't quite figured out how to balance it all yet, but it's amazing knowing that if you can do it, I can do it. You're going to do great!

Jen Allen said...

I needed your motivation today. Thanks for the recap. I am right smack in the middle of my training for the Steamboat marathon and the worries are setting in big time. I am so excited for your trip to Boston! I will be sending great thoughts your way during my Horsetooth Half this weekend.

Question - I am thinking about buying some compression socks for my race this weekend but they are $$$. Do you prefer a specific brand? Yours are so cute!

Anonymous said...

I love todays blog! Its good to know that you too struggled at your first 5K. Gives me hope! You are such an inspiration! And, you have so many wonderful friends! (thanks for sharing them!). I love what fancy Nancy said -- enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Love you my tall buddy!

Bethany + Ryan said...

so sweet, Mel!!!! I was going to ask you about Moben arm sleeves the other day, i still really want the butterfly ones!! We can chat abotu sizes this weekend! can't wait!!!!!!

Emz said...


I love it.

love that shirt!!

Emz said...


I love it.

love that shirt!!

Laurie said...

So cool, I am soooo excited for you! It makes me so happy every time you post that "believe" sign, I'm so glad you saw it!! Boston is going to be awesome, can't wait to read all about it!

Indi said...

Mel, you are going to be awesome come Monday!! No matter what the journey has been a great one and I know it will only get better for you!!

A Finley said...

You Go Tall-Girl! Believe!! And Kick Butt!!!!

A Prelude To... said...

Thanks for the reminder of how it is a journey!...A work in progress... Sometimes I tend to forget that.

Have a wonderful time!!

Carrie said...

I'm so excited for you! Hope you have a blast in Boston. :-)

busy wife mom runner said...

what an inspiration you are! good luck in Boston:)

Unknown said...

Im so glad to have a tall runner blog to follow. Im 6'1 and feel a little out of place running next to these little women. Im a life long runner but never going beyond the 10k distance. I am also slow. thanks for the work in progress statments...it is nice to know we are all progressing.
Have a great victory lap. I know you will rock Bean Town!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Congrats on an inspiring journey so far because we all know you are not done reaching and growing.

There is no luck needed at Boston because you are ready so simply run strong and steady friend. Enjoy the journey!


I got all choked up reading that. I am so excited for you and proud of what you have accomplished. I am honored to cheer you on from here! You are going to do fantastic! Planning on stalking you all day and will be anxiously awaiting a post race text! Good luck and safe travels!

Run with Jess said...

Your post totally brought tears to my eyes. So excited 4 you and your tremendous journey!! Kick some butt in Boston girlie!

Stacey said...

What a great journey you have had and in only 3 years! You are awesome! Good luck in Boston! You will be amazing!

Rene' said...

You are amazing in all that you have accomplished. I hope that Boston is everything that it is supposed to be. I think that you are going to have a great race. I will be looking for you at the botton of heartbreak hill.
You are going to rock!

Jill said...

Go Mel, goooo!! Have a total blast!

Lisa J said...

what a great journey you've been on! I copied your whole spiel about being a work in progress and needing to have a willingness to get out of bed- i'm totally using that on goal setting :)
Thanks for your inspiration

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

What a great post. This is a great reminder to me, too, to have patience and work hard.
Thanks Mel! Excited for you. :)

The BookWorm Lady said...

This is such a great post. I have just recently started reading your blog and I love it. It can't wait to see how your Boston trip goes!

jen said...

Good Luck Mel! Smile the whole way and have fun. I'll be tracking you online! Have a great trip. :)

sandi said...

Great post. Thank you for inspiring me and many others. There will be many people sending good thoughts your way on Monday.

Michelle said...

I never comment here, but here goes -- You are definitely such an inspiration -- I love being a work in progress. I think it makes me a better mom, runner & person.

Good luck!!!

Kate Geisen said...

I so get this!! And what you said about running making you a happier, healthier mom and wife (and employee) totally hits home for me. I say my husband may see less of me, but the time he has me he has a much happier me. And I'm absolutely inspired by how far you've come in just a few years.


bobbie said...

Best of LUCK to you! Hope my first marathon (Flying Pig May 1st) is as awesome as your first!

Denise said...

love hearing about other's journeys to beantown! see you in 2 days!!

Running, Loving, Living said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Good luck in Boston!!!

carrie said...

Thank you for this wonderfully inspiring post. I am struggling with constant injuries right now and am not running like I want to. Your blog and especially this post is my breath of fresh air and my adrenaline rush that I am missing from not running! Good luck at Boston, I know you will kick butt!!!!!

kimert said...

This is my favorite post! You are SO inspiring. Thank you for sharing this! Love the kick butt shirt... YOU ARE GOING TO KICK BOSTON's BUTT!!!!

Beth said...

Not cheesy, inspiring! So great to read your story, maybe one day I can do it too, first try May 1st =).

Kayla said...

Great post, Mel!!! Its always good to look back on how far you've come! Good luck on Monday! You are going to ROCK Boston!

Lisa said...

What a great story! Congratulations on all the hard work and how far you've come! There will be a lot of people cheering for you on Monday! I hope you enjoy every minute of your trip!

Zaneta @ Runner's Luck said...

"it is OK to be a Work in Progress. Dreams take time to achieve"

Thank you! I so much needed to hear(read) this!! :) You are an inspiration Mel! :D Enjoy Boston!!

Zoƫ said...

I am honored to be a part of your journey to Boston, Mel. You totally deserve this race! :)

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