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2010 In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! I will be honest…Today feels like any other day. We aren’t big partiers so New Year’s Eve is usually pretty boring around here. It’s been raining on and off all day, so there will probably be a lot of unhappy drunk people in New Orleans tonight.

When I did a post on my one year blogiversary, I pretty much covered all of the big events that happened this year. So, as to not bore you with the same thing all over again, I thought I would just list a few of the more popular posts based on page views and comments. So, in no particular order, here ya go!

Disney Half Marathon 2010 

Blogging Tips

The Birth Control Pill Debate

Mardi Gras RnR Race Recap

Best Husband Ever Take Two

As I think back on this year, I can honestly say it has been one of the hardest, if not the hardest year of my life. Some GREAT things happened, like I took up blogging and ran 4 half marathons and a few 5k’s. I also started training for my first full marathon. Some not so great things happened, too…Like Bobby’s dad passing away this summer, making the decision to close up Bobby’s law firm and move 3 hours away so Bobby could take a new job, as well as dealing with some very very tough personal things I have yet to share about on the blog. (No, I am not pregnant, and yes, we are both healthy.)

We are also still trying to sell two homes and build another while I am living an hour and a half from my husband at my parents house. We have laughed, we have cried, we have faced a lot together this year, and I can honestly say I am more than ready to close the door on 2010 and step into a brighter 2011. I do not wish anything away that has happened to me, I firmly believe there is a reason for everything and I try to look at my trials as a learning experience. God has taught me a lot this year, and it hasn’t always been the easy way, but I can be hard headed like that. Smile 

With that, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and post comments this year. I love reading and responding to readers, you are truly an inspiration and part of why I do what I do!

So, with that, I will wave goodbye to 2010 and, smile heading into the future. I can’t wait to see what is in store!

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2011!!

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QOTD: Do you have any big goals for 2011? Share!

Packing for a Destination Race

Afternoon, I hope today has been pleasant! I have been a busy bee this morning! One of the things I have been working on is packing for my marathon trip. that’s right folks, I leave a week from TODAY! Very excited but very nervous as well!

Anyway, I am petrified I am going to do something stupid like forget to pack running socks or something so I decided to make a packing list and pack all my race day gear in a separate bag so it’s all right there and ready to go!

So, behold…THE LIST!

-Running shoes (MOST IMPORTANT!)

-running socks/compression socks

-running skirt(s)

-running tights

-long sleeved shirt

-short sleeved shirt

-tank top

-running outerwear

-throw away outerwear

-gloves

-hat

-sunglasses

-body glide

-athletic tape

-IT band strap

-Garmin/charger

-camera/charger

-multiple GU’s

-hot hands

-hair ties and clips

-sunscreen

-sunglasses

-sports bra

-tissue

-chap stick

-needed medications

-band aids

-extra safety pins

-spibelt

-yurbuds (I probably won’t use)

-iPhone/pod/charger

-banana and breakfast bars

-arm band/holder for iPod/iPhone (I probably won’t use)

Is that all? I am probably leaving out something totally obvious but these are the things I have packed so far JUST for the actual race. WOAH that’s a lot of stuff when you think about it. I also will be packing things like other running shoes to walk around in after and before, foam roller, etc. etc. But I think this about covers the necessities!  Bobby and I have the luxury of driving so we can take as much crap in my monster SUV as we please. This is a MAJOR plus to us as a reason to drive!

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QOTD: Did I leave anything off the list?

Race Weather Woes

Happy Hump day everyone! It’s beautiful and 67 degrees here! I went for a walk with my mom and may go for a run in a little while. Tomorrow will be 74!

Today while I was walking with my mom, I started to panic, this trip and marathon have totally snuck up on me! We leave a week from TOMORROW! I haven’t packed or organized a THING! I decided it would be easiest if I made a list of all race related things and put them all in one separate bag away from everything else. Since my husband and I are both running, this could be a BIG bag!

First things first. Weather. Orlando weather seems to be very finicky in January. For example….

Marathon weekend 2007. This was on our honeymoon. note the shorts and short sleeved shirt. I am very cold natured, so you know it was warm!

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Fast forward December 2007. I know its not quite January, but this was the end of December, Christmas week. it. was. freezing. So cold I cried and we left a park.

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Fast forward, again, to January 2009.  I went with my friend Karen for a girls weekend and to watch Jen and Crystal run the marathon. The day of the race was warm and beautiful.

Me and Jen…I even got sunburned!

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Karen, me, Crystal:

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But…the day we left, was freezing!

Ok, and one more time…January 2010, I ran the half. It. was. frigid. in the low 20’s and sleeting/freezing rain.

Don’t we look thrilled? (Bobby, me, Jen, Jeff)

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It was a FUN race but miserable at the same time. When the sleet stopped it just turned to freezing rain, pelting us in the face. Then we were soaked which made us more cold! I was cold for DAYS after the race!

I have been watching the weather like a hawk…praying for not to hot but not too cold temps. Could I be so lucky? We will find out! So, as you imagine, I am a little worried, and packing will definitely be a challenge! With that being said, I will come back tomorrow with a list of things to pack for a destination race. Until then, I am thinking mild weather thoughts!

QOTD: What is an ideal race temp for you?

 

Cream Cheese Danish

 

Afternoon! I just got off the elliptical and am contemplating a run as well. I am so unmotivated right now! I thought while I contemplated I would share a recipe with you. I made this for breakfast Christmas morning and we ate it and drank mimosas. it was fabulous! This can be served hot or cold (I like it better hot!)

Cream Cheese Danish

Ingredients:

-2 cans crescent dinner rolls

-1 and 1/2 cups sugar

-1 tsp vanilla flavoring

-2   8 oz packages of cream cheese (I use reduced fat)

-1 egg

-1 cup chopped pecans

-1/2 stick butter

Directions:

preheat oven to 350.

spread one can of dough in greased 9 x 13 baking dish, pressing together seams and pushing to corners of pan.

Mix cream cheese, 1 c sugar, egg, and vanilla until a spreading consistency.

Spread mix over rolls.

Open second can of rolls and put on top like you did the first.

mix rest of sugar and pecans and sprinkle over tops.

Melt and drizzle butter over sugar and pecans.

Bake at 350 for 25 min or until golden brown.

I did pecans on half in case someone didn’t like or want nuts.

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Enjoy!

QOTD: What do you eat Christmas morning?

Taper Madness

 

Well folks, it is officially taper time! Now, one would think a runner would love this time, be happy about this time, excited to not have to log as many miles per week. Well, it is quite the opposite! I am going CrAzY! As it is, I already feel less confident since I did 18 miles, but not my 20 miler, and with Christmas and all the bad food..I am just getting a little nervous about the marathon!

I was supposed to run 8 miles Sunday, but it was in the 20’s with crazy wind, so I said no worries, I will run Monday (today) well…it is JUST as cold today! So instead I am going to do 3 miles then try for my 8 miler again tomorrow, then this weekend I will do 6, with a couple of short runs next week. I can’t believe we are this close! I have worked my butt off for this race, and it is finally here. I feel like everyday I am losing fitness. I feel like I need to go out right now and run 20 miles. I feel like I should only eat fruits and veggies for the next two weeks. Someone make me stop!

I try to remind myself that this is my first marathon. my goals are to FINISH and enjoy it (at least a little bit.) I have no desire to kill myself reaching a time goal, or more importantly stress myself out over one. I try to remember that I DID run 18 miles, and even if I had to WALK the last 8 miles, I could still FINISH! (Hopefully this won’t happen haha!)

Legs, please please carry me for 26.2 miles!!!

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Body, be proud of how far you have come in the past two years!

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I wrote this post back when I was still having IT band problems, and I was doing a “mini taper” for a half marathon. I stated in the post I was hoping by the marathon I would feel confident in my training to get me though. Well….I have really REALLY been trying to tell myself that, but I think there is only so far I can go thinking that having NEVER run the distance before. I used to get so nervous running half marathons but now I don’t because I KNOW I can complete the distance. With no past marathon experiences, it is a lot harder! I know I will get more and more nervous as it gets closer, but I am trying to stay positive and have faith in myself and my training.

QOTD: How do you deal with taper madness?

Christmas in Pictures 2010

 

Today marks one of my, if not my ultimate least favorite day of the year. The day after Christmas. a whole year until Christmas again. How depressing! I will try to cure my sadness by posting pictures from this weekend. We had a blast hanging out with friends and family, and I hope you did, too!

Christmas Eve:

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baking all day!

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My famous Snickers cookies I make every year:

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Dad reading the Christmas story from the Bible:

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My mom reading “Cajun Night Before Christmas”

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Funny story. While my dad took a nap Christmas eve, Bobby painted my dad’s fingernails and he went all day and had no idea. Bobby, mom and me just kept laughing and he didn’t know why!

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Christmas morning, opening presents! Bobby got me a new Bible (I got him one too without knowing!) and her got me an AWESOME new zoom lens for my camera!

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Happy Birthday, mom! She is a Christmas baby!

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Christmas lunch at my cousins house!

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Merry Christmas from our family!

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mom and one of her sisters

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Lots of food

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The pic above is all the first cousins on my moms side

below is back at home, Christmas dinner.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

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I cannot believe another year has come and gone. I JUST got used to writing 2010! I hope you had a special time with your families, with many great memories! Merry Christmas! I hope you feel as blessed as I do!

QOTD: What was your favorite part about your Christmas?

Merry Christmas 2010

 

Happy Christmas eve! We have been sitting by the fire, playing Wii, and cooking up a storm down here in Louisiana! I hope everyone is having a fun, relaxing, and special Christmas eve.

Even if your family is getting on your nerves, try to look past it and remember that these are precious moments you can hold in your heart forever. Time with your family is irreplaceable!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas with your loved ones. Enjoy this time together! It’s the most wonderful time of you year!

Merry Christmas!

Love, Bobby, Heather, Bella, and Sassy Montgomery

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More Sights of the Season

Happy Christmas eve eve! I hope you are home from work and relaxing with your families! I am sitting by the fire, hanging out with Bobby and my dad (mom is at work) and getting ready to play Wii. We have two Christmas parties to go to tonight, one annual one we go to every year across the street, and the alumni Christmas party for my High School. We are going to be a party hoppin’ couple tonight! The next few day’s won’t have a ton of substance as far as blogging, running, the inner workings of my crazy life, because I will be spending time with my family, and I suggest you do the same, so, get off the computer!!! Smile 

Here are a few more pictures from my parents house.

Making Reindeer food

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Bella patiently waiting for Santa

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Christmas cards!

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my dad buys two of these every year!

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I caught you, Santa!

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Bobby finally got his law school diploma and law license framed. (Ignore all the dog toys)

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My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day, so my dad had flowers sent to the house yesterday so she could enjoy them for a few days before her birthday.

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Bobby and I ran three miles this morning. It was a little chilly but beautiful and sunny! Now I have more energy and can eat more at the parties tonight. Haha!

Have a great day everyone! I am so excited for my two favorite days of the year!! Tomorrow we will bake all day, and watch Christmas movies and play Wii, then tomorrow night we will read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the Christmas story from Luke in the Bible.

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Defy the Odds

 

When I was a baby, my family found out I had a heart murmur. At that point, I am sure many scary and devastating thoughts went through my parents minds. Would I ever be able to play sports, or run? How would this change their lives?

Thankfully, as a child, the murmur went away on it’s own, as they often times do, and I have never had issues with my heart. Of course, I was too young to know anything, or see this as something that could have potentially impacted my life in a negative way. It’s a good thing too, because I ended up being the epitome of the word “tomboy.”

I played sports, I got messy, and I RAN!

I played basketball since 3rd grade, soccer in 5th-6th grade, and volleyball and track since 7th. I was the mega athlete, the one who ate, slept, and breathed sports. I was inspired as a younger athlete by the older girls on the varsity teams. I wanted to be just like them.

When I got to High school, I continued with volleyball, basketball, and track. I had finally become on of those varsity girls I had looked up to, and I wanted the younger girls to look up to me. They did, and I competed with all my heart.

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My senior year, I found out I had scoliosis. I had a lot of back pain, but my curved spine wasn’t curved quite enough to justify surgery. I went to physical therapy, but I, of course, kept on competing., kept on playing, kept on running.

Now, as an adult, I no longer am a part of an athletic team. I have coaching varsity volleyball and middle school basketball in an effort to relive the glory days. I enjoyed my job, but I felt like I was missing something. I personally needed to be fit again.

As I think back on the physical and mental challenges I faced to become a well trained athlete in high school, I realize that I was pretty inspiring! As a teenager I didn’t really realize it at the time, but I had been a fighter, a champ, and a role model.

I decided that I would become a runner. I would compete, with myself, to become fit, and to become healthy again. When I ran track in high school, I ran the 100 meter dash. To me, a 400 was a long distance!

Now, at age 25, I have competed four half marathons, and am almost done training for my first full marathon.

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As we move into 2011, I believe a lot of strength, power, and self confidence will come in completing the marathon. I think it will be the boost I need to keep striving for a fit and healthy life. I believe I can be a role model to other runners, or just those looking to live a more active and full life.

Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be doing this. I think the high school Heather would be very proud of the adult Heather, and if I could talk to high school Heather, I would tell her that she is my inspiration. Her (my) drive, determination, and heart made me the woman I am today, and I am forever grateful.

I think for these reasons I deserve a spot on the Team 4all roster. I am committed to health and fitness (and looking cute while doing it! Just look at the name of my blog!) I have jumped many hurdles to get where I am today, and I believe my story could be an inspiration to other people who need to look inside themselves, and find inspiration from within. Sometimes people need a boost of confidence and to remember that they are awesome! Or, as one of my favorite people once said (Walt Disney)…If you can dream it, YOU CAN DO IT! 

Just What I Needed

 

Have you ever gone for a good while without a great run? Where they just all seemed bad, or mediocre, and you gradually start to lose confidence without even realizing it? Well, that has been happening to me. Being injured sucks, but so does coming back from an injury. It’s hard to not expect to be able to go right back to the way things were before you got hurt. I started thinking back, and my last really GOOD run I can remember was when we were training for theRun for Life Half Marathon, and Bobby and I ran a ten mile training run where I just felt great, and smiled the whole time. This is all great and everything…except that run was at the end of September if I remember correctly!

Well, today, I FINALLY had a good run! It was just a three mile run, but I felt good (except for the last mile where I felt like I was going to throw up from pushing hard) and I ran fast. Faster than I have since my injury! I clocked in at 28:30, and I have never been happier to run at a 9:30 pace! For awhile there I was really wondering if I would ever be able to run distances again, let alone at a good pace. Granted, I was dying when I was done and couldn’t have held that pace much longer, but it is definitely a start! That run was just what I needed to boost my confidence and stoke that fire that keeps me running. I don’t think I realized how much I was really needing a good run until it happened. 

So, I am happy today, and ready to finish up my marathon training. Smile 

As we creep closer to Christmas, I thought I would share my excitement with you with a few snapshots.

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QOTD: How do you feel after a really good run? How often does it happen?