Who is Yo Momma?

Update: As of 2014, I am an RRCA certified running coach and would love to help you get faster, fitter, and stronger. Contact me at yomommaruns@gmail.com for pricing and information.

Who is Yo Momma? Yo Momma has four kids and a husband. That's why I'm Yo Momma and not Yo Single Person With No Kids. And that blog title was already taken. One of my most vivid memories from my first half marathon was the after-race discussion of the signs along the race route. Voted top favorite: "If this were easy, it'd be called 'your mom.'" I also like to say "your mom" in arguments with my kids. What I'm trying to say is thank you, third graders everywhere, for having the wit to make this blog title possible.

Yo Wife and Yo Husband
2000 -- back before we had digital cameras (or jobs or even five dollars).

2011 -- had we considered taking off our puffy jackets?

I had to start this blog because my family blog was getting overrun by running posts. You see, in real life I have a couple of friends, but they don't necessarily want to hear about running every minute. So this blog is to help me connect with people who don't want to punch running in the face (all the time), or to just cozy up with some search bots.

My family lives in Alabama, the second most obese state -- thanks, Mississippi. A third of people here are obese, and I'm guessing that two thirds of people here comprise People of Walmart. JK, Alabama, love ya. Or bless your heart.

When we moved here from Florida in 2010, I missed my friends, my job teaching at a gym (shoutout to Gainesville Health and Fitness), and my all-lady soccer league. With no job, no team, and a smaller social network, I figured I'd give running a shot. I had been running during soccer for years, so why not try it on the streets? It was that or become another depressing Alabama statistic. Oh, and my friend invited me to run a half marathon. Thank you (or you must hate me), friend, for giving me running. Now, my credit card is all worn out from these race entry fees, and I'm totally hooked. My next blog will either be about Dave Ramsey's plan or Intervention.

My first half marathon, Nashville 2011

With four kids (11, 9, and 5-year-old twinners), it's hard to fit marathon training into our family schedule, but I suck it up because it could make me live a couple of extra days, although my husband likes to quote stats about marathon deaths. Also, I like medals and wearing them to social gatherings. I can't believe I don't have more friends here.

There were two baby ninjas trying to mess up this picture.

Our preemie miracle babies then.

Miracle babies now.

Some other things about me. My favorite color is orange, which would make my favorite holiday Halloween. The candy also makes it my favorite holiday. Christmas is up there too because of the music, cinnamon and pine scents, and Jesus! My husband and I won a roller skating disco dance competition when we were dating. I've lived in Russia and China, and I still speak a tiny little speck of Russian. I'm a night person, nerdy Scrabble lover, beginning crocheter, penny pinching, sometimes healthy eating, yellow rain boot wearing, kid (not dog) whisperer, and creator of frequent spontaneous living room dance parties.

Proof that I love Russia!

Want to use me as your run coach, ask me a question, offer me some advice, share your opinion, let me review your product, or invite me to run a race with you? It happens. Email me at yomommaruns(at)gmail.com.


47 comments:

  1. This is so cool Lisa : ) I love the pictures and posts!

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  2. Ummm I think we are meant to be BFF's. Love your blog momma!

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  3. Nice to finally get to know you a bit more my fellow scrabble lover. So have you become hooked on Words with Friends?

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    1. I was playing that game so much, but lately I've been slacking. I need to get back in because otherwise I'm going to lose my word skills! It really is a game that keeps the mind gears grinding, so it's worth the extra time.

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  4. Your blog is so funny! I'm from Alabama but live Ohio now so I love hearing about the south (and I love running too ;)

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    1. I love fellow southern runners! Do you ever make it back to Bama for any races?

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  5. I'll be back in the beginning of May. Know any good races then? I'm running a full - the flying pig on may 6 so I'll be game for any distance

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    1. They have some trail runs at the end of May in Oak Mountain State Park, close to Birmingham. I'm not normally a trail runner (just because of the time and convenience), but I was thinking about trying one of them out just to see what it was like. Plus, there won't be very many long races again until October. Let me know if you find something to run!

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  6. Great blog and BEST.TITLE.EVER!!!

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  7. Hi, found your blog through skinnyrunner. Love your story and your wit!

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  8. You like People of Walmart? OK then, I'll read you for sure.

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    1. Have you ever watched Dancing Outlaw? That's another friendship litmus test I use.:) That and Arrested Development.

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  9. Hey Lisa!! So glad I found your blog (from FB). Your posts are great and your sense of humor HILARIOUS!!! You have a beautiful family!! Can't wait to read more!

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    1. So glad you stopped by!

      P.S. I just told someone the other day that that was my most hated job ever. You guys and your awesomeness were the only thing that made it even slightly bearable!

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  10. I just found your blog, and almost fell off the couch laughing. I'm a running mom with one kid. You have FOUR?! Love it. I am totally following you.

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  11. I was happy to find your blog through Aspaeris, but YAY to you being a runner and a twin mom, too! My miracle babies looked just like yours, except girls. Now they are forty two pound four year olds who were just seeing if they could pick each other up! Lots of fun, as I'm sure all of yours are! Love your blog!

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    1. It's amazing to see how such sturdy kids come from such fragile beginnings!

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  12. Don't want to confuse the giveaway entries (awesome giveaway by the way) so thought I would post here that I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award. Check out my blog if you get a chance. Cheers!

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  13. Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog from SkinnyRunner's website. I too had moved away from my basically "comfort zone" to a new area which is what really got me into running...like running, running, lol. You're hilarious and I love your posts. Your fam is precious! Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. It's easy to go from zero to marathon when you have no friends in a new town.:) Now I just make runner friends so we have hours to talk on long runs.

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  14. Love this! I look forward to following you!

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  15. I just stumbled onto your blog and wish I could write funny stuff like this, especially with 5 kids and a husband who says that me running isn't important to him cause I don't have an income, but somehow I'm paying all my fees and buying all my running gear myself.

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    1. Hey! Were you the runner I talked to after the Go Commando race? With 5 kids, you need running, and I'm glad you're finding a way to make it happen.

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  16. Hey! How do you not have 200 followers? Cra-a-azy! Any way, I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you. <----on my blog http://breakingmyrunnersin.blogspot.ca/2012/10/liebster-blog-award.html
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me! Going to check it out now.

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  17. I love your home page - I connected w you through RunwithKate -you are inspiring me to do a home page of my own - some time when I have technical assistance from The Cyclist:) I, too, love running and look forward to reading about your adventures!

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    1. Girl, based on that interview I read today, you have seriously got some fitness to share with the world. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Love your writing and sense of humor. Running races while you have two-year-old boy twins plus two more? You deserve a medal just for getting out there and getting your training in.

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  19. You are amazing!!! I just found your blog and read about you - WOW!!!!
    Plus, a runner, mom of 4 and Word with Friends player - you ROCK!!!!

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  20. I nominated you for a Liebster award! http://wp.me/p2LNGW-6l

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  21. i just found your blog and and am inspired by the fact that you have 4 kids and marathon. good for you. and i think you're funny!

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  22. Awesome site! Love your wit and spirit! I'm planning to run my first marathon this summer and hoping to finish with a BQ. I'm obsessed with blogs by women/mom runners who are trying to balance it all. ; )

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  23. Had some more time tonight to read your blog. We have a lot in common. My first half was also Nashville in 2011. I have five kids ages 8, 7 year old twin girls, 5, and 3. Your blog is awesome. I train with Brooke Dodson. He said he talked to you and Lara about running with us sometime. I also run with Kasey Hollington and Kristen Keller. Kristen teaches a lot of classes at the Y. Hope to meet you sometime!

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    1. Wow! That is crazy! We should definitely get together for a run sometime. I love talking to other twin moms, and I need to hear about what it is like to add one more kid to the mix. Sometimes I consider that!:)

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  25. Hi.Unlike all the other comments here we have nothing in common but running(and I think I've seen you at races).I'm not a momma and my kids are grown.I find your sense of humor amusing and you make me laugh.Please don't stop!

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  26. I've enjoyed your blog and wanted to share a little love:
    http://wasntjustthewinetalking.com/2013/06/03/streaking-update-and-my-first-blogger-award/

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  27. Just ran across your blog while searching for reviews of the NB minimus trail. Haven't run any races in quite a while and ramping up to try the 9 miles at Xterra Red Mt Park trail run in Sept 14. Longest race to date 10k. Minimalist shoes are new to me but just finished Born to Run so thought I would explore the idea. What a surprise to read you are in Alabama too. We're in Bham too!! Your review of minimus was a year ago. Do you still recommend that shoe?

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    1. I mainly wear mine for working out in the gym these days. My feet were getting too bruised from all the rocks on the trails around here. But a ton of runners wear them regularly on the trails and love them. I just like a little more cushion personally.

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  28. I am considering doing the Citrus Trail 50k in Inverness, FL and saw that you did it! You are the only person I can find with a race report from there at all - ANY DISTANCE! Do you think that this race is worth it?

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    1. Well, I'm not surprised. There were not a ton of people in attendance.:) I personally enjoyed it and would consider doing it again if I was there at the right time (it just happened to fall during our spring break). Are you from Florida? If you are, you won't be surprised by the flatness and sandiness. The trails weren't too technical, but I thought it was a nice, peaceful run. It would make an excellent first-time trail race of any distance. And I really liked that people stayed and hung out after the race. Seemed like a cozy little affair. It was a little pricey though, if I remember correctly. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

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  29. Wuts up YoMomma!Just ran across your blog tonight and loved it. Down to earth and not condescending in any way. I worry about having to give up marathon-ing when Husbandy and I have any little ones (that didn't sound selfish at all in my head...), but reading a blog like urs helps me see that it can be done. Oh, and go Jesus!

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  30. Love your blog!! My Helena running friends were telling me about you. I have 4 kids, run marathons and LOVE running trails! Love reading your running posts about healthy eating, good running clothes deals and just life with kids and running. I think we may go to the same church too judging from your wedding pic and a pic of your kids on a gym floor? We are LDS and go to the Inverness Ward. Happy Running!

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    1. Ha, hello my twin!:) Are you going to the BUTS run this Saturday? I'd love to meet you in person!

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    2. Unfortunately no. My priority right now is training for a marathon with a friend who is running her last one. She ran with me for my first marathon, so I couldn't miss her last one and she does not do trails! Our race is the Memphis marathon in December. If I can run it and recover with no injuries then I will start training for the Oak Mtn 50k. I am sure I will see you around more then... at least at the beginning of the runs! You are super fast! Good job!! Thanks again for a great blog!

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