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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nature Run

My last run with Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon she gave me a Christmas gift.. It was a Snowy Owl tree ornament. Why a Snowy Owl?? Because I am a running bird watcher, I get JAZZED anytime I see an Eagle, Hawk, Herron, Duck, etc.. while on the run, and I spot them pretty good. So the ornament was a treasure from my good friend.. THANKS KERRIE!!


Kerrie and I met on Sunday morning, clear and crisp on the Foothills trail in Orting. We didn't have a pace in mind, our plan was to run 7 miles followed by coffee with Chelsea. This is a perk about not having a race to train for, we are pretty relaxed.

Soon I will start training for a FAST 5K in March in the mean time I plan to get in my weekly mileage and enjoy the run. We both felt a little off, but kept plugging along.. conversation was great an included quotes for movies like "Anchorman" and "Napolean Dynamite". There were loads of Bikers on the trail..

Early on in the run at the portion near the River we saw a Bald Eagle take off out of the water with talons hanging down, the wing span was probably over 5 feet across.. MAJESTIC!!! This set the tone for the relaxed and fun run.. There is a field with what I was calling Osprey, some Running Birdwatcher I am, I get the names wrong... I was later informed the TALL BIRD is actually is an Emu which is part of the Dinosaur family (Thanks Kerrie). She was so close to the fence we had to stop for a couple photos.. Me with my TALL friend...
She (the bird is a she we decided) was making a funny growling sound, which we took as a pur like a Kitten. I was totally comfortable, Kerrie was a bit more timid, mind you she has a fear of Canadian Geese and this creature is much larger..
2 bird sightings this was a GOOD DAY!! Our legs were turning over fast, I felt great, and realized I hadn't looked at my Garmin much at all.. The trail started to stink and I said "It's Smells Fishy!" Kerrie agreed as I looked to the water...

Don't see what we are looking at??It was a LARGE Salmon swimming upstream. CRAZY!! Now I know what the droves of Fishermen are casting for 80% of the year... what a fish!! Next we spotted my friend Jess on her last training run before her Half Marathon...quick hello and off we went.. The last mile we were SPEEDY I think we both wanted to be done, we clocked in at 8:23 pace as we saw Chelsea pull into the parking lot. GREAT 7 miles at under 9 minute pace, with loads of Nature to keep us entertained..

Love it!

  • I was interested to see what Nature or other things people have seen while on the run, so I posted the quotes on Facebook HERE with some crazy answers.

  • So I pose the same question here... Leave comments with some interesting things you have spotted on the RUN.

  • Details on the 1,000 Club coming this week... Thank you for your patience :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tall Family and Marathon Joke

Yesterday the Tall Family went for our first run of the year.. It was Chilly but fun. We let the Little Studs out to jog for a bit and Muscle Man did the heavy pushing as always. FUN 3 miles with my guys!!!
Last night LS #2 ate a Dora Pop popsicle, he left the stick on the floor (which he usually doesn't do) I picked it up and read the JOKE on the stick.. Glad I did!!

How perfect is that joke??

Happy Sunday!!

Happy Runday!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Goals for 2012

It is that time of year when (most) people think about the year to come and what they would like to achieve. Last year we suffered the unexpected loss of my Father in October and come January I was not ready to commit to GOALS. This year I NEED to get back to Goal setting and achieving, it is the core of who I am, the person that my Dad knew me as...

I love the format RacingWithBabes took last year checking in monthly on her Goals, thanks T for the inspiration!! I plan to check in monthly to give progress on my Goals.


1- Set new PR's in at least 2 distances and run more than 1,200 miles for the year.

2- Run new races. Ideas- 1 mile, 10 mile, trail race, ultra, obstacle course/mudder, etc.

3- Earn Half Fanatic Status


1- Try 5 or more new (to me) forms of Cross-Training. A modified version of the AWESOME challenge set out by Kim HERE. Ideas- Jillian Michael's videos, Triathlon (SHHHHH), Yoga, Zumba etc.

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 :)

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.


1- Help Muscle Man reach his goals, which includes getting him across his first Half Marathon Finish Line.

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 focussed time with Little Stud #2.

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.


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.

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.

3- Learn more about the best foods to feed my family and move the kids away from the standard kid foods.

There you have it. Lots to focus on, but all attainable with focus and dedication.

Quotes about Goals:

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~Author Unknown

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?
~Anthony Robbins

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
~Marie de Vichy

We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.
~Natash Jasefowitz

  • What are your Goals for the year?

  • Did you write a Blog post about it?? Link it in your comment, I would love to see what you have planned

Thursday, January 5, 2012

3 Things Thursday

I have many many things in motion for the Tall Mom Blog..

-Post About 2012 Goals
-Complete Blog Makeover

-1,000+++ Club details

Which leaves me a bit short on content today.. so I will take a page out of my little redhead friend and list 3 things..

1. My Mom got GREAT news yesterday!! You see my parents worked TOGETHER for years in the Shot-put and Discus events during Track Season at Sumner High School (my alma-mater). Dad always had a smile and kept close tabs on the details of the events... Someone at Sumner, not sure who, had the idea to create a plaque in honor of my Dad to be placed near the pits at the High School. This made my Mom cry and brought tears to my eyes... His Legacy was his ability to make people feel GOOD, and it is nice to see it being recognized. I plan to visit once the plaque is in place...and maybe toss a few in the pits... I did place 2nd in State my senior year in Shot=put and 8th in Discus :) 2. Running with Mom Vs. Marathon is always a blast. It was POURING buckets yesterday and I KNOW that Kerrie wanted me to cancel...I couldn't!! Call me crazy but I was looking forward to a RAINY run.. So we set out, I put on a hat and slogged to meet my buddy. We were nearly matching with Capris and long sleeve tops. Kerrie said I looked thin, THANKS!!! Always fun to chat, I may be going on a work trip and did not tell her until mile 3ish because there were other things to chat about.. Upcoming nuptials of our good buddy Chelsea, Christmas, etc... Our fingers were pruney and toes were soggy.. but all in all a GREAT 5.25 mile run.
Photo of about the same outfit I wore yesterday..BUT I had a hat FAIL.. I wore a hat which is GREAT for Summer running but now water resistant. When I got back to the Locker Room my hair was soaked and I realized that I had taken my locker towel home to wash and forgot to bring it back.. Drowned rat, drying off with paper towels and an industrial hair dryer.. CLASSIC!!

3. The Tall House is a bit boring... try basic low quality finishings... When we bought the home May 2010 we had great plans to upgrade over the years. So far we have done some minor updates, Thanks to Muscle Man and his mad skillz.. Yesterday we FINALLY bought the wood floors for the main floor!!! How does this relate to running?? The Flooring store happens to be along one of my lunch running paths, I stopped in, they had a SALE and the rest is a...

  • How is your 2012 going so far?

  • Anything FUN planned in the weeks/months to come?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 33 and beyond

Monday I met my friend Jess for a 10 mile run, it was AWESOME!! Day 33, and if you have read this Blog for any amount of time you know my LOVE for that number. I toyed with trying to get to 50 days, heck 100... Then Tuesday came...



I took Aleve- Nothing

I drank Coffee- Nothing

DARN!!! I relaxed on the couch and did not fit in my mile.

33 days is a GREAT streak for me.. Maybe I will try again some day.. Maybe :) How cool does it look on Dailymile to see all that Blue???

I am celebrating my accomplishment and thinking hard about what is next for me this year... Time will tell. Of course once I decide I will keep you posted.. For now I feel blessed that I was able to find a way back to my routine and my love for running. I know I CAN and should fit it in.

Details about my SOGGY run with Mom vs. Marathon tomorrow...or if you cant wait.. Go HERE

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Running with Tall Mom

2011 Running with Tall Mom

I won't bore you with the details, because I am a bullets and pictures type of person myself... so here goes...

Total Miles Ran= 1,166

1- Relay=
Hood to Coast Relay HERE

1- Marathon=
Boston HERE- The race which proved to me that dreams do come true, but may not play out exactly as you had planned.

3- Half Marathons=
Rock N Roll Seattle HERE- With my good buddies Amanda and Jess
See Jane Seattle HERE- With Tall Sister and Chelsea on their first Half
You Go Girl HERE- With Kim for 80% of the race :)

2- 10K=
Alki HERE- Muscle Man and Tall Sister's first 10K's
Day of Hope HERE- Race in Maui, Hawaii

1- 8K=
Run Wild HERE- My first 8K distance, I will KILL it next year!

3- 5K's=
Black Diamond HERE- First Place Female in a hilly race!
Iron Girl HERE
Santa Runs HERE

And this is how it looked...

What a GREAT year!!!

What is up for 2012???

Coming SOON!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Blank Slate...

2011 is in the books....I had an amazing Year and plan to recap it all soon...

A Year which included crossing the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon, helping my Big Sister run her first Half Marathon, and joining team nuun at Hood to Coast.. WOW!!! I feel blessed to have had such a great year..


Now there is a Blank Slate for 2012

I plan to train for a 5K PR in March..

Training starts, well now I guess!!

I have to make my training plan ASAP

Possible Goals:

-Half Marathon PR

-Become a Half Fanatic

-Run my first Ultra

-Help Muscle Man run his first Half Marathon

-SOOOO many options.... hmmmmm....

Goals post to come... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • Who wants to be in the Tall Mom 1,000+++ Club this year??? Details this week :)

  • How will you fill your blank slate in 2012?