- What is your next Finish Line you are working toward??? Leave a comment...
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- Leave a Comment to let me know about your recent STELLAR runs, will help me feel closer to the road.
Friday, September 23, 2011
This week has been one of those weeks for me and my House Full of Boys. Monday was Muscle Man's birthday and I was poised for the busiest week of my career at my Big Girl Job. Mid way through the day I got a call, it was Muscle Man, his real Dad in Arkansas had died. He was not close to his Father for various reasons, but this still came as a TOTAL SHOCK.
I had to work
I had to get home and take care of my husband
I did all I could at the office, tears dripping down my cheeks and went home. ALL of the balls I was juggling, all my work left for someone to take over.. I had to be with my family.
I SHIFTED GEARS
This week I balanced being a single parent and dealt with the sadness of a smaller role in the job I was so excited to do and had worked so hard for.. I supported Muscle Man from afar. I leaned on Tall Grandma and Tall Sister to take care of me...and they were WONDERFUL! THANK YOU!! And I must say our boys were pretty awesome too.. Last night they made me LAUGH at the store playing a game with the patterns on the ground.
And tonight Little Stud #1 said "Mommy how long does it take to get to the Finish Line?" I said "Depends on how long the race is." He replied in the sweetest matter of fact voice "Yes but if you Finish first you get a token." It melted my heart. This week has been ROUGH, but I made the most of it with the support of my family, friends and co-workers.
What does this have to do with running?
Just when you think you are cruising along there may be something that forces you to shift gears. Possibly an injury, busy schedule or change of seasons. You can either stop and get rusty, or find a way to make the best out of the situation and find a new path.
......Or you may be in a rut, holding for too long in the same gear....maybe it is time to shift gears to test your range beyond the comfortable? You never know what you may find.
- How have you had to or chose to shift gears??
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
My good buddy Amy (who had a birthday on September 17th Happy Birthday friend) picked up her bib and gave it to me. FREE RACE! I asked Kerrie HERE if she wanted a pacer, she was ready to run her own race...so I texted Kim HERE. I have wanted to run with Kim since YGG last year!! We decided that we would shoot to run together for a sub 2 hour half. FUN!! Then the lovely Tressa HERE let me buy her team shirt, THANK YOU!! I opted for the Jess HERE inspired pigtails like Kerrie and we were READY TO RUN!!
I felt CUTE and so excited to go for a sub 2 hour. While trying to sleep the night before the race I realized that today marked the last day that I saw my Dad before he died, it was at a Birthday party for Muscle Man and Tall Nephew. This made me a bit teary during the race, I decided that I would PUSH for a sub 2 hour for ME, I NEEDED it.. If you must know how it turned out check out my Dailymile HERE or Facebook HERE.. Race Report to come Soon :) My Big Girl job is SUPER BUSY, so I will get it up soon...
- Also be sure to check out Mom vs. Marathon HERE, I am a PROUD COACH today!!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Self HIGH FIVE I will now be running You Go Girl Half Marathon with Team "Will Run for IceCream" and Kim on Sunday!! I am super Excited!!!
HIGH FIVE RACING:
*Cheering- Adorable Wife
Fleet Feet Kendra
(so not)Super RunnerMom
Kadie & her daughter
SuperMomE12- Top of Utah Marathon (gunning for a sub 3:30)
Rachel- (FIRST) Fox Cities Marathon
Pamela- Canada Army Run Half
Becca- Air Force Half Marathon
Lisa- Air Force Half Marathon (pacing her brother to his FIRST!)
Amanda- Delta Harvest Half (and first 20 mile training run)
Melody- SavageMan Triathlon
Tahoegirl- Bridge Run 10 miler
Jess- Pumpkin Classic 10K
- What do you need a HIGH FIVE for?? Leave a Comment.. My apologies if I missed anyone I was compiling the list at 10:00PM...
- Please go around and spread the HIGH FIVE Love :)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Who else needs a HIGH FIVE for the Weekend? Comment here or on Tall Mom Facebook Page HERE. Be sure to Link your Blog if you have one.
I PEAKED EARLY!!!
In 2009 I was a new Runner and thought I needed to run FAST all-the-time. As a result my PR's are great, for me. These days my running has changed and I struggle to get anywhere close to that speed. I talked a little about this to Jess last weekend... It would take extreme focus to get close to the Runner I was in 09 and 2010.
I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO WITH MY RUNNING!!
At this point I need to Either
What I mean is I need something BIG.. Train to KILL any of my PR's, First Ultra, Goofy, NYC, a BIG event to get me re-energized and focused.
Maybe I need to take a break, not a full break from running I couldn't do that, but take time to be with my family and run when I can for the pleasure of it. Stay HOME and reconnect with Muscle Man, the Little Studs and my family as a whole. No worries about PR's or other running Goals.
I AM TORN!!!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Jess arrived on Saturday afternoon, brushed her teeth and we were back out the door. You see I live about an hour South of Seattle, so races in Seattle are a trek. We wanted to get to the Expo and meet the lovely Kit with Iron Girl. Funny story, I had a procedure done on Monday of race week which resulted in cramping, I opted to run the 5K and fight the pain for about 23 minutes :)
When I asked the lovely volunteer what I needed to do to switch my entry she said...
"It is OK you can try to run the 10K and if you get tired, finish the 5K." She was so sweet about it, and I sorta felt like a wimp in that moment, but I explained I could run the 10K but I preferred the 5K and switched my entry. Next we met Kit and chatted, this little lady is FANTASTIC!! She know how to put on a great event..
The expo was small and outdoors. I was a bit baffled that the Athleta booth was a "try on" booth and that they were not selling anything? Very STRANGE.. We got hungry so went across the street to the Greenlake Bar & Grill, the food was DELISH and the company even better. Jess and I click, I wish daily that she lived on the west side of the Mountains :) At one point we were intruded by a Bum, I am not kidding his Bum was hanging out of his pants, the bartender kicked him out but not before we got an eyeful and nearly upchucked our dinner.. Jess paid for Dinner, THANKS JESS, and we headed home for a 5:30 wake up..
I opted for Red, White and Blue (Team Sparkle HERE) Skirt to honor 9-11. The day before we had spotted a restroom on the side of the building, so we got in the SHORT line to avoid the Honey Bucket LONG line... Short line score!! No Toilet paper, UGH!! Oh well, you take the good with the bad.
Next it was off to the Start Line, we were told it could get congested so we didn't waste any time. The music was FANTASTIC, keep the energy High.. There were FIT FIT FIT women stretching and warming up, I felt a little out of place but I HOPED I could get sub 7's for the 5K so I was in the right place. Next Lindsay HERE came up and introduced herself. She is a local Blogger, I fell upon by reading her Nuun application..talk about inspiration, she is a Type 1 Diabetic with asthma and Runs!!! Amazing. Danielle came up to say Hi around that time also, so fun to have buddies to chat with while waiting.
They told inspirational stories and introduced the Leader of it all Judy, she choked up as she asked us to recognize 9-11 in a moment of Silence. I fought back the tears as the bagpipes played, it was a lovely tribute with the flag waving and everyone quiet.
A few more stretches and we were OFF. Jess's 10K plan was to chase me, so when I switched I told her to go 7:50-8:00, she is a GOOD listener, more on that later.
I knew I could hold the first mile around 6:45, after that is was anyone's guess. I have not done much speedwork, and NOTHING in the 6's. I felt strong as I set out but could feel my throat starting to close, eyes watering and post nasal drip...ALLERGIES!! I forgot to take my Claritin :( There was a photog on the course so I did a quick pose, I am excited to see the picture. First Mile 6:49 as we turned to the right. There was a little water stopped so I swished a quick drink. I spotted a runner who seemed to be in my Age Group up ahead and bursted forward. I passed her but could feel my legs burning and I was choking trying to clear my throat, I was slowing but there was not much I could do
Second Mile 7:21. I was surprised by the slower mile because I was TRULY giving it all I had. The scenery was pretty, near the lake with STRONG WOMEN surrounding and passing me :) What a TREAT!! I love love love all female races.
There was no chance for a PR but I could try to squeak out a sub 23:00... I tried to get my heavy legs to turn as I struggled to breathe and clear my throat. I bet people around me thought I was a smoker, it was not my lungs it was ALLERGIES!!
I could see the Finish Line, just then an itty bitty little gal passed me on the left, I did not have the legs to kick it up. But she stopped just after a line in the grass, it was not the Finish Line :( I sped up and passed just in front of a 14 year old girl, visor flying off as I sprinted...not proud of passing her, but she will know the FINISH LINE from now on..
Age Group: 3/268
I had placed in my Age Group!!! I was tired, grabbed a water and waited with Nuun Coach Casey for his family. I was overjoyed watching ladies Finish.. a few things I LOVED:
- Women running their first 5K and the look of VICTORY and exhaustion
- A lady who had lost 180 pound, she was beautiful
- A pair in matching shirts, the first had a #1 and her partner had #2 and #3 over her tiny baby bump.
- Little tiny girls crossing with their Moms. A girl about 12ish said to her Mom "Why did you make me do that?" Another little one went zooming across the Finish arms swinging and smile blazing, her poor tired Mom tried to keep up but her daughter was too excited!!
- The passion, excitement and joy from everyone!!
Wish I looked this good after a race. She came around and we chatted with Casey and his family for a bit.. Look at the next generation...
How DARLING is this little ATHLETE?? We talked with Judy, the leader of Iron Girl, and told her how much we enjoyed the event... Lindsay came up and had done GREAT, read her report HERE, she dissappeared before I could say goodbye. Next it was time to get Jess's results and settle in with some grub..they have catered breakfast!!!
Jess got her timing printout which said she placed 4th in her Age Group.. UGH so close!!! WE wondered what the top 3 times were and decided to stay for that announcement to hear. I really enjoy staying for Award ceremonies so I was a happy camper.
There were women as old as 80 and many named Phyllis. When people accepted their awards, a beautiful charm, the photographer was there to snap a photo, NICE TOUCH!! The announcer was fantastic and kept the energy high. Soon it was time for me to hit the stage..
3rd place!! Not to shabby for a crampy allergy day :)
Showing off my Bling.. Note the little girl in the background, she won her age group and was WAITING to get her prize, clearly not jazzed to be waiting. It was a LONG ceremony but I appreciate that they gave top 3 awards for every Age group. It was time to pay attention to the 10K 30-34AG, They said the 3rd place then announcer said "Jess" we were clearly SURPRISED!! She had taken 2nd in her first 10K!!! Guess she did not need to chase Tall Mom a$$ to do well.
Matchy matchy in her Iron Girl Pink outfit. so PRETTY!!
What a FUN day we had. I would recommend Iron Girl events to anyone wanting a GREAT first time 5K or 10K experience, or to be re-energized with racing. You get a MEDAL!!!
After the awards we went to Chelsea's HERE to get clean up, I had a baby shower for Short lawyer a few hours later. It was a blast to see my UW friend's house and hang just a bit longer. Also got to chat with Danielle, a local runner, come to find out we work at the same company. Thanks Chelsea for letting me wash off the grime!!
- Check to see if there is an Iron Girl event near you HERE, it is not just Triathlons!!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Parents on the outside looking in.. CHANGES!!
- Race Report up soon!! I had a blast at Iron Girl Seattle..
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Today I ran a 5K, I wore Red, white and sparkle blue and put my hand on my heart during the national anthem to honor my country and those who were lost on 9-11 and the men and women who continue to fight to keep us safe. A lump formed in my throat as the bagpipes played and we had a moment of silence. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!
- Where were you on 9-11?
Friday, September 9, 2011
Planning your YEAR IN RUNNING:
Look at a your Personal Calendar:
Jot down all of the IMPORTANT life events, birthday, anniversaries, planned vacations, work events and travel, busy family months, holidays, etc. This will give you a clear picture of your year outside of racing and may help you avoid registering for a race when you have a prior commitment.
Look at the Racing Calendar:
There is OVERLOAD when it comes to finding good comprehensive Racing Calendars. I often use Active.com, Marathonguide.com, HalfMarathons.net, and other local search engines. I also am linked into my local Running store who sponsor many smaller local races. In WA there are races nearly every weekend for about 3/4 of the year, which is exciting and overwhelming. Jot down the races you are interested in. Keep a spreadsheet to record the costs and registration deadlines. There is some strategy to race selection, so plan it out.
Set a Budget:
Maybe you have deep pockets and can register for every race every weekend. If you are like me the racing budget is slim to non-existent. Having a budget in mind will help you to plan out the year. These days a good 5K is about $25, 10K $35+, Half Marathon $75+ and Marathon who knows $100 and more.. You get what you pay for!!! The prices are higher for races with better course support, timing chips and amenities like road closures, tech tees and all important abundance of porta potties. Splurge on your "A" race, and try out a cheep race, you will notice the difference. And be sure to follow the tip below...
Be an Early Bird:
The fees are deeply discounted if you Register Early. This does not mean you need to register for everything for the entire year....be aware of the date that the price will go UP, mark it on your calendar. Some races offer team discounts, and other incentives to get registered early.
Add a couple races for FUN!
Dress up in a costume, turn off your Garmin and takes lots of pictures. Invite friends and family to join in for a Memory Making Adventure. Run like Santa, hit a Haunted Hustle, Trot like a Turkey, Shake your Shamrock, Race against Cupid, cross a Cinco De Mayo finish line, themed races are a BLAST and worth the slightly higher entry fee. Read the small print, there are often contests for best costume or other incentives for joining in the FUN.
Find Family Friendly Races:
Some races will allow jogging strollers, or have races for kids. This is a GREAT way to make it a full family event. I LOVE races with Muscle Man!! I was BLESSED to run with my sister for her 1st Half Marathon. Any race can be a family event if you plan ahead.
Last year I raised money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer, many of you are already raising funds for worthy charities, props to you I KNOW the commitment it takes to run and raise money. You do not need to raise $$$$$ to give back. More than likely there is a race in your own backyard where the funds go to a Good Cause. Diabetes, Cancer, local cross country teams, even the local zoo and more.. Build the Calendar around your GOALS:
What is your GOAL for 2012? Maybe you have more than 1 GOAL. Become a Half Fanatic or Marathon Maniac, set a new PR in any distance, qualify for Boston, complete your first Tri, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, etc.. Having a GOAL is super exciting. The important thing is to plan your entire calendar around this GOAL(s), with events having a specific purpose to get you to where you want to be. You don't want to sign up for EVERY race and be burnt out before you have reached your GOAL. But adding a race in the middle of a tough training schedule is a great way to stay focused and infuse some excitement into your plan.
I need to take my own advice on this one, I am ASHAMED to admit I have not yet volunteered for any racing events. 2012 will be a year I will be an athletic supporter ;) Chose a race that benefits your local Running store or club, pick a race where you know some of the people running, and be sure that you bring the SMILE and excitement to the race that you appreciate when you are on the course. Runners are the BEST volunteers, plan it on your calendar.
HEHEHE.. OK, I am biased but I would love to have loads of Runners come visit us ladies in the PNW. Add this race to your calendar. I will most likely host a Bloggy Meet-up the night before the race if there is enough interest. It is NOT an easy course with ROLLING hills, but the medals are great, you can see Mount Rainier and the Space Needle on a clear day and the post race photo-ops are well worth the trip. DONT EVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR A ROCK N ROLL RACE.. you can always find a coupon code online.
This may go along with the tip above, Seattle is a great destination. I would recommend that your destination run be a Half Marathon a not longer, but maybe I am just a sucky traveller. Rock N Roll Vegas Half in the dark, WOWEE!! Wish I could go again this year. Maybe you have a favorite Blogger who lives in another Zipcode, or a race across the pond you have always wanted to do. Possibly it wont fit in the budget next year, but don't count it out, destination races are a FUN way to get to see a new city by the power of your 2 feet. Maybe you are trying for a PR?? I would save a PR for another day, the destination race should be all about FUN!
Contact your friend and coordinate your race schedule to MERGE. Teaming up for a race is a BLAST. I have worn matching outfits and raced with a buddy (sister) on more than 1 occasion. Running does not have to be a solo sport. It is an HONOR to have been there to help my friend through a tough patch. Pacing her/him to a PR, that is icing on the cake!!
It does not take much to plan an EPIC Meetup.. Many venues have free private rooms, invite folks, get a big group together, and take over that room. Name tags, ice breakers, and good food make for a related evening. Look ahead and get the chatter going early, that way everyone will be on the same page. If it goes well? Make it an Annual event.
- Off to take my own advice. The Tall Mom 2012 Calendar needs some work :) Happy Planning