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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

3 Things Thursday- Races?

1.  I was not registered for any races until Rock N Roll Seattle in June.  With all the local races this Summer I cant miss out..  So I made a list of all the races I (we) may want to do... By crossing the Finish Line of Fueled by Fine Wine I have run 3 Half Marathons in the last 3 months and I earned Half Fanatic Status.  To get to the next level "Uranus" (hehe) I could run Halfs the next 3 months... but do I want to??  Hmmm..

-My friend Sarah is in town from NYC and is Running the Tacoma Narrows Half next weekend, I may run with her.. TBD..- AUGUST HALF

-I have run You Go Girl the last 2 years, but this year all my Bloggy buddies seem to be skipping the race.  Do I want to go solo?  Do I want to pay $85??  Hmmmm- SEPTEMBER HALF

- OCTOBER HALF- see below....

2.  Want a Fall FLAT Half Marathon or 10K? I just registered for the Snohomish River Run on 10/27.  Half is $65 and 10K is $45 (Until 9/1)

***Friends of Tall Mom save $10 by entering the Code TallMomSRR12 at checkout.

... Who is in???  

3.  I have 4 posts that are all about 3/4 of the way done.. I am still adjusting to my new work schedule and trying to fit in Blogging.  I hope to get up the Review post soon because there are some REALLY COOL products out there.. in the mean time don't miss out on the below:

  • Online Shoes is Continuing their 12 weeks of Summer Giveaways, be sure to check in and enter on their blog HERE
  • Brooks Running is having a BIG SALE and since I already picked out what I want it is time for you to go shop yourself  HERE.

 -What are your Summer Racing Plans? 
-Are there any REALLY COOL things online that you want to share?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon 2012

For Valentines Day this year Muscle Man Surprised me with Race Entries for us to the Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon in Dundee, OR including an overnight stay near the race.   At the time this was going to be his First Half, but I quickly convinced him otherwise, once I checked out the “Hilly but Beautiful” course I knew it would not be a great for his first time.  The gain in elevation of the course was CRAZY, with 3 big hills of over 1 mile long, and mixed terrain.  I was not excited about the race especially when I was having foot pain going up and down hills.

We dropped the Little Studs with the in-laws in Lincoln City, OR which was where we would start Vacation after the race.  We then ventured around to get our bearings and find a place for Dinner.  Golden Valley Brewery in McMinville was FANTASTIC, relaxing and a great fit for us.  Our hotel was less than ideal but was super close to the start for the 7AM call time.  Parking and Honey Buckets were a breeze, we even picked up our packets that morning including an AWESOME dryfit Nike Shirt gender specific thank you!!  The number of Super Fit looking folks was impressive, way to go Oregon!!  I felt a bit self-conscious being one of the bigger/taller gals in the crowd. 

Going into this race I was WORRIED about the HILLS, the terrain, everything.. My buddy Kim had run it before and shared the gory details.. As I mentally prepared I kept repeating in my mind "It is not about the Finish time!  Enjoy the Journey." The race started in Stoller Vinyard which was so pretty!!  We snapped a few pre-race photos then waited and waited… the race started 20 minutes late.  The race start was a little wonky, they did not rope off the start corral type area so people fed in from everywhere and were in no way sorted by pace.  We finally crossed the Start and were in a sea of people, we could not get out…my legs wanted to run but there was nowhere to go.  We did the best we could to weave and get into our rhythm.  From Mile 1 the markers were off by .3, not sure why?

At mile 2 we were already climbing..and it was a big hill… CRAP!! It honestly crossed my mind in that moment that I may not Finish the Race...If I was already dying on this hill how would I managed the rest???  My right calf was on FIRE.. Just then my MM said he was feeling bad.. So we walked.. This was the ONLY boring section of the race because it was on pavement and sort of Residential.. Soon we were on red dirt paths amongst the vineyards and wineries.
 After the initial fear I LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!  It was hard, some of those hills were CRAZY... but we walked when we had to and ran when we could. I soaked in the BEAUTY of the day, there was a mist in the air as we toured the local Oregon Wineries on foot. AMAZING!! Truly amazing.  I was so glad to have my husband by my side, stride-for-stride, I felt bad for people who were on their own.  This course is meant to be enjoyed WITH someone and not to be taken too seriously (in my opinion).  

There were some odd folks along the way: the guy who ran up the hills and walked the flat parts who also tied his shoes 4 times that I saw, the gal with 2 handhelds, and many many people with the wrong gear…shorty shorts, no socks, bouncy-bouncy chests, lady in full length pants, men with white shirts and chaffing…newbies?? Not sure, but the number of people in the wrong gear was astonishing.
 I have never done a trail race, but after this race I feel like I have, over 70% of the course was on dirt, grass, gravel, etc. It was TOUGH!! Those who were really pushing did not look happy. But I was not in it for the Finish Time, I wanted to Enjoy the Run.. And I did!!  At one point the Hill was SOOO STEEP we had to take a photo..or 2..

 I spent a lot of time people watching, photog spotting and soaking in the views.  I was in the ZONE, not the Running zone but in the ZONE of being truly present in the moment.  The water stations were great and included chews and Gu’s.  There was a sign which read “Run Now. Wine Later.”  Made me laugh because this course would normally have made me a huge Whiner for sure.. and I liked the play on words..As we were Running around the Domain Serene vineyard  out-and-back I spotted a photog and started to think of fun poses, thankfully my husband is my dorky equal so he was game.. the result was this.
 The last 5K or so of the race was a lot of Downhill, sloped, grass, etc... it was a total adventure. When we hit pavement I could see the Finish, I got a surged of energy, we knew that the last 200 yards or so would be slightly uphill.
I had been texting with Kim because she lived near the race, I wanted to meet up with her but it is Rare that MM and I get a date, so I knew it was important to keep it just us.  My AWESOME Tall buddy Kim came to the Finish to cheer us on and take pictures...LOVE HER! I spotted her almost instantly from 100yards away and it gave me the last push…
Finish Time: 2:20:50

Half Marathon #11 for me and #2 for Muscle Man
 For our efforts we got stellar medals and Wine glasses, to use for the wine tasting. AWESOME event! I cannot say enough.. If you are up for a CHALLENGE and to enjoy the journey this race is for you.  The course changes every year so who knows what you will be in for.  

 I teased Muscle Man for Months that I would never let him pick another race for us….but I eat my words, it was AWESOME.  My shoes are forever ruined by the red dirt paths that captured my heart.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Post 999

This is my 999th post on this Blog... WOW that is a whole lot of Tall Mom.  Funny when I first started Blogging it was a family only Blog.. then I started this site to track my solo training, then running with buddies and now we have come full circle.  I am not sure what Blog 1,000 will bring, but I am glad to have a journal of where I have been. So lets get caught up on where I have been recently.
Helping set up
Saturday Kerrie hosted a Banana Blogger party which was a BLAST!  I will have a full report soon..

Then on Sunday MM and I had our last long run before the Fueled by Fine Wine Half this weekend.  It was HOT (for us) and we had the Little studs in tow.  Thankfully part of the trail are shaded.  We are BLESSED to have such an amazing paved trail 15 minutes from home.
We ran 8 miles... lets just call it a taper weekend :)  I have had a nagging pain in my foot/ankle/front of leg so I did some research... I am pretty sure it is related to my poor form and over pronation.  I plan to see a Podiatrist soon.  On Monday we played in Tall Grandma's local pool with the boys, which was AWESOME.. then Grandma watched the boys so we could run.  I joked that this was the closest I have come to a Triathlon.  We did 3 HILLY miles, which made me super nervous for our SUPER HILLY Half this weekend.  Wish us luck!!

Last night it was 82’ but we needed to get in a run.  We set out to the trail.  MM pushed the boys the whole way, he is AMAZING!  We saw 2 snakes, a big frog and several Robins on the trail.  Little Stud #2 fell asleep on the ride down and stayed asleep the whole time.  LS#1 was super quiet, I think the heat made him sleepy.
Our silly buddies
Jogging Stroller= Nap Time

Very Terminator

Love my Runner Husband
We finished with 5 miles, checked the River which was packed with teenagers, then headed home and hopped in our kiddie pool in the backyard.. FELT AMAZING to ice down the body.  We have a busy schedule coming up so I may disappear for a little while.. but will be back with post 1,000!! 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Failing to meet my GOALS

 This is what not meeting your Goals looks like!!  Just kidding.. But this year has been a great year in running for me, I am enjoying the time with my husband and kids..  I started the year with some lofty goals, below is how I am doing.  I will be modifying going forward due to life and priority changes.  


1- Set new PR's in at least 2 distances and run more than 1,200 miles for the year.
*I have not been training for PR’s and I was super speedy (for me) when I set those PR’s so I doubt this will happen.   I am at 460 miles as of 7/11, so 1,200 is going to be a stretch.  These goals are not realistic this year.

2- Run new races. Ideas- 1 mile, 10 mile, trail race, ultra, obstacle course/mudder, etc.
*Ran the Rainier to Ruston Relay in June, which was new for me.  We plan to run a 10 miler in August.  I hope to run a trail  too.   I am scared of mudders due to past knee injury and an ultra is not in the plan for a while.

3- Earn Half Fanatic Status
*After our Half on July 15th I will earn Neptune Status with 3 Half Marathons within 90 days.- Capital City May 20, RNR Seattle June 23 and Fueled by Fine Wine July 15th (TBD).  If my math is correct that is 3 in 56 days.


1- Try 5 or more new (to me) forms of Cross-Training. Ideas- Jillian Michael's videos, Triathlon (SHHHHH), Yoga, Zumba etc.
*We have done Jillian Michaels a few times and we did Windsor Pilates once.  I need to focus on this with 4 left to try.  I would like to do Yoga soon.

2- Work on overall Muscle tone. I plan to take body measurements EEEK to get a baseline to start with and take new measurements throughout the year. If I am not going to lose weight I may as well lose inches :)
*This is a total fail, although MM and I did do the measurements,  I have only lifted a couple times, but my overall fitness is horrible.  Time to focus and make a plan that I can follow with short-term goals, etc. 

3- 1-2 days EVERY week I will lift with Muscle Man and/or do Pilates or another cross-training exercise for 30-45 minutes.
*Hmmmm not every week, every month so far this year.  This is a GREAT goal, and I need to create a plan to get on track.  When I get home I am tired and LAZY on the couch. 


1- Help Muscle Man reach his goals, which includes getting him across his first Half Marathon Finish Line.
*Half Marathon #1 done and he has become a RUNNER!!  Half Marathon #2 is this weekend.

2- Focus on the Little Studs education and fitness. Teach Little Stud #1 to read, register him for his first official race. Spend alone and focused time with Little Stud #2.
*Little Stud #1 did great in Kindergarten.  I read to the boys week nights.  I need to make more time to work site words and have him read to me at night.  While he is not registered for his first race he does ask to run more often with us.   Little Stud #2 and I need to have a `“date night” soon.

3- Find ways to inspire and work with my extended family on their fitness. I would LOVE to see my Tall Brother, Mom and in-laws work toward a 5K walk or fun run at some point this year.
*Not luck with this so far, but I have not really tried.   


1- Keep a food journal to record what I am putting in my mouth and how it impacts my energy, mood and overall health. Use this journal to create a healthy and balanced diet and to cut out the foods which cause issues.
*This lasted 2 months.  Need to get back to it as my food choices have been horrible

2- Monthly diet challenges, starting in February, each month I will set a challenge for myself to cut out or add something to/from my diet.
*FAIL.  For whatever reason I am having a hard time committing to any “Dieting” activity.

3- Learn more about the best foods to feed my family and move the kids away from the standard kid foods.
*We started a garden in the back yard which I think is a great step in the right direction.  Our boy enjoy fruits and veggies but prefer the KID foods.

  • The year is more than Half way through.  How are you doing with your GOALS?