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

Monday, October 10, 2011

WIINNER of the Oiselle Tee

That to everyone who entered and to Oiselle HERE for sponsoring the Giveaway. Be sure to tell others about the item(s) you put on your Christmas list.


Penny @ Pink Hat Runner

Penny email me tallmomontherun (@) hotmail.com to claim your Start Line Tee!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

When it Rains...

This morning on Endurance isn't Only Physical Facebook page HERE she asked for rainy race day tips.. This question busted be out of my Bloggy writers block.. Living in the PNW- Pacific Northwest we get our fair share of liquid sunshine :) I was born and raised in Washington, so I don't know any different.
Truth be told I LOVE the rain.. That is not to say that I would love to run my "A" Marathon in the rain, but if it happens I have to make the most of it.

Tall Mom's (no duh) tips
for racing/running in the rain
  • PREPARE= There are stages of the race/run, pre-race, race and post-race. When it rains you should be prepared for each stage.
  1. Pre-Race- Pack a poncho or toss away clothes to keep you warm and dry. If it is going to be really soggy it may be worth putting a plastic bag around your shoes to keep them dry. Do not stand in the rain until you have to, seek cover. Wear a Hat or Visor.
  2. Race- DO NOT OVERDRESS!! I have worn a tank top in rainy races, often people think they will get cold and bundle up but your attire should be more based on the temperature. You will warm up once you get moving. The more you wear the HEAVIER the gear will be as it gets soggy. WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR...Spandex are a great rainy run option, I swear by Drymax Socks and arm sleeves are a good way to keep your arms dry without heating up. Wear your race number on the layer you will wear when you cross the Finish Line. Keep an eye on the ground. Avoiding puddles can be difficult in a downpour but it is worth side-stepping to save your sneakers as long as you can.
  3. Post-Race- When you are done sweating and you start to cool-down you will notice the moisture. Pack a post-race bag with dry clothes, socks, shoes, etc.. There is nothing worse that standing around COLD to ruin your race day. Be sure to also toss in a plastic bag or two to house the soggy gear and shoes.
  • PROTECT YOU ELECTRONICS= Rain and expensive phones, cameras, Ipods, etc do not mix!! Use a ziplock style baggie to keep moisture out. OR just leave those items at home.
  • CHOSE YOUR ROUTE= This won't work on race day but does work for soggy runs. I have paths that have some tree cover, paths with MUD, trails that are prone to GIANT PUDDLES and sidewalks perfect for an easy rainy run. When you set out on a rainy day be mindful of the route you are taking, there is nothing worse than being splashed by a truck driving through a BIG PUDDLE. There is always the dun dun dun TREADMILL option :)
  • FIND THE BEAUTY=Often people see the weather report and FREAK OUT!! Really you have no control over it. What good is it going to do you to get your heart rate up? Weather can mess with your race, I for one would NOT love to run a Marathon in the rain after watching Amanda, Harmony, Janna, Jess, Sarah and Stacie run Portland last year. You can't control the weather but you CAN control how you react to it. Find the Beauty in the rain and avoid letting yourself get caught up in the negatives. You never know, it could be the gentle mist to cruise to a cool PR.
  • GET THE GEAR= As I mentioned above Drymax socks, and spandex are great for running in the rain. Some shoes are better in the rain than others, if you live in a rainy area think before you buy, keeping your feet dry is a priority. You will also need a Hat and top that will not totally absorb the water. There is a difference between a rain coat and a running rain coat. You want your top layer to be water resistant and breathable. I am not a fan of the swish swish swish type fabrics. TEST your gear on training runs. I once wore a coat in a rainy Half Marathon that was HORRIBLE, I had to carry it for 5 miles before tossing to Muscle Man. Products by Brooks HERE, Pearl Izumi HERE and Sugio HERE have served me well.
What are yours??

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blank and a Makeover

Yesterday I met Kerrie at Mom Vs. Marathon for a lunch run. My schedule has been CRAZY lately leaving lunch runs a distant memory. She ran to my office and I nearly missed our meeting time, got my OLD Garmin (Christmas this year time to upgrade) to catch a satellite and we were OFF.

We talked a lot about the fact that neither of us have any races in the near future after my 8K this Saturday.. I cant wrap my head around 2012, the sole race I have on the plan is Rock N Roll Seattle Half because I MUST do this race every year.. Beyond that BLANK.

-Will I help Muscle Man run his first Half Marathon?

-Will I train for a Half PR myself?

-Will I run my first Ultra to complete my Star Line Tee line-up? (Click Giveaway)

-Will I race Amanda Style and sign up at the last minute?

I honestly don't know
.. I am not sure what my major block is right now. I am not overly stressed about it, but I feel like this Blog is in FLUX until I figure it out..

SOOOOOO... it is time for a MAKEOVER..

But I need your help...

What would you like to see on Tallmomontherun.com?

I am thinking of going for a White background with black text, easier to read. Sections for Race Reports, Coaching Tips, Product Reviews, etc.

  • What would you like to see on Tall Mom Blog Makeover?

  • Anyone Racing Run Wild this weekend at Northwest Trek?? If so let me know, I think I will be SOLO.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Oiselle Start Line Tee Giveaway

This weekend I am going to race my first 8K. I am EXCITED because this is one more race I can account for on my Oiselle Start Line Tee HERE after this weekend I will be missing the Ultra then my tee is complete :) I love a great running T-shirt, high quality, comfortable and cute conversation piece.

Don't know about Oiselle? This awesome company was started by Sally, a Runner Mom and is based in SEATTLE!! Read the story HERE.

I LOVE my new Oiselle Outfit Start Line Tee and Long Roga shorts. I am adding a few things from their website to my Christmas list, yes I said it Christmas is Coming!!! They even have RUNDIES, what are rundies? Find out HERE.

Guess What? Oiselle loves Tall Mom Readers so they have offered a Giveaway and a Discount!!

What will you win?

Start Line Tee in the color and size of your choice

How do you Enter?

One comment per entry please..

1- Go to the Oiselle Website HERE, shop around and leave a comment with the item you would add to your Christmas list.

2- Like Oiselle on Facebook HERE leave a comment here.

3- Browse the Oiselle Blog HERE leave a comment with something fun you saw/learned.

4- Like Tall Mom on Facebook HERE leave a comment here and say Hi on Facebook if you like.

5- Share this Giveaway on your Blog, Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment each time you share.

****Contest ends and a Winner will be announced on Monday 10/10

  • If you love my Long Roga Shorts HERE you are in luck!!! Oiselle is offering 10% off a pair of Long Roga shorts using the discount code TALLROGA today until the contest ends.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Finish Lines 2011

No Matter how long it takes
If you keep moving
One step at a time
You will Reach
The Finish Line
Get out there and Find your FINISH LINE!!!

and for a laugh....
  • What is your next Finish Line you are working toward??? Leave a comment...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Still Alive

Quick note to let you know that I am still alive, not blogging, not running, but doing a lot of running around. My Big Girl job has taken over for a bit and I am treading water trying to stay afloat. Life will be back to NORMAL (is there a normal?) soon. In the mean time run a few miles for me will ya??

  • Leave a Comment to let me know about your recent STELLAR runs, will help me feel closer to the road.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shifting Gears

There are days when you are cruising along, all is well, the wind is in your hair.... then there are days when your path is blocked by something you did not expect and you have to shift gears.

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.


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??