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Marathon Inspiration

 

Tomorrow is the one month countdown to my first marathon. Since I missed 6 weeks of crucial training, I have been a little down/nervous about it. This morning, I watched last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser. I was excited about this episode because every year it is a great motivation. It was the episode where the final four contestants run a marathon.

     Every season I watch, I cry, I get inspired. BUT, this is the first season I have watched where I have been personally training for a marathon. I can say this really was the pick me up I needed today! My two favorite contestants, Patrick and Ada, are part of the final 4. Ada is awesome and so strong and competitive, and Patrick is a Mississippi boy from about an hour or so away from where I live. I have been rooting for those two the whole time!

A little background:

Patrick started the show at 400 pounds. He is 27 years old and married with two little boys.

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now, running the marathon with fellow contestant Frado.

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Also, we have awesome Ada before at 278 pounds:

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and now running the marathon:

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Patrick finished the marathon in 5 hours and 45 minutes (approx) and Ada finished in 4 hours 39 minutes, smashing the female record for the Biggest Loser marathon. Frado, the 3rd contestant finished just after Patrick, and Elizabeth, the 4th contestant, who had only run a long distance of 8 miles before the race (a stupid move) finished in 7 hours and something.

It was so inspiring hearing their stories and seeing their progress, I thought, if they can go from their previous weights to current weights, which is still not where they want to be, all in 3 months, then I can do it too.

Yes, I know I am undertrained, and coming back from an injury, but my goals do not revolve around time. I just want to FINISH and HAVE FUN. It is such a great accomplishment in itself to run a marathon, even if your time isn’t what you wanted it to be. I need to stop being so hard on myself and realize I have come so far in this past year of distance running, and I should be proud of myself.

As a blogger it’s easy to get caught up in PR’s and what other bloggers are running. Yes, I may be slow, but I have PR’ed in all of my half marathons (4 of them) and now I am a month out from my first marathon, all within a year. I think that is definitely something to be proud of! So, as Biggest Loser says…What have YOU done today to make you feel proud?

(by the way…that IS the questions of the day!)

 

Be sure to watch the finale next Tuesday!

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Runner’s Christmas Gift Guide

 

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa just called me and wants to know what I think would be good Christmas gifts for all the runners on the nice list this year! I told him I would ask my readers, which I did, and here are the responses you gave me!

 

Katie has a Garmin, ipod armband, sunblock, and other small essentials on her list.

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One Small Town Girl says reflection gear is the way to go.  Particularly Brooks Nightlife hat and LED flashers as well as sweaty bands.

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Katy has Garmin, Fuel (Chomps, Stingers, Gel, etc), socks, a good sports bra, running clothes (shirts, pants, etc), iTunes gift card (to download music for runs), and gift cards for running stores on her list

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Paige is all about CEP compressions socks and the new Timex GPS watch.

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Stacy says a race entry would be a great gift, along with running gloves, a hat, Chomps, itunes card, and crazy socks.

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Michelle agrees with the others that a Garmin is the way to go, as well as a

Running Skirts skirt, Nike capris, GU Performance Pack, CEP Compression socks, and a Spibelt

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Courtney is a new runner, and she thinks any clothing items (skirts, shirts, socks, shoes, etc) would benefit as well as a spibelt, garmin, gift certificates, and running food related items or water bottles.

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Ali swears by Lululemon (of which I sadly own none of but would love to!!)

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Kimberly has a great list formed:

* A new pair of running shoes

*  nice running socks or compression socks

* compression knee shorts

*Road I.D.

*I love receiving different kinds of gels/fuel to try

 

Crystal has one of my favorite wishes on her list, an Allied Steel hanger for all of your race bling. I have been drooling over these for a long time now!!

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Elizabeth has CEP compression sleeves at the top of her list

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Lily thinks a Garmin and Nike tempo shorts should be on your list.

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Bethany enjoys trail running and wants you to check out runningfunky.com to see what they have to put on your wish list.

 

Jen has some great stocking stuffer ideas including GU, Body Glide, and running socks.

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Everyone came up with some great ideas that I am sure any runner would love to have! My personal favorites I would love to unwrap would be

-Allied Metal Hanger

Lululemon Gift Card

-Compression socks

-GU

-iTunes Gift card

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-Race Registration

 

Talk about make me a happy girl! I hope this gift guide help you formulate your own wish list as well as help with shopping for your fellow running friends and family! Happy Shopping!

QOTD: What is your favorite thing on this list?

 

*I was not paid to post about these products nor was I given any free products to write about for this particular post. (As much as I would love to have gotten some of these cool things!)

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken

 

Baby it’s cold outside! For this southern girl, it’s WAY too cold! in the mid thirties when I woke up. I waited until the “hottest part of the day” to run, and it was a whopping 44 degrees, that’s like a blizzard for south Louisiana!

Wait…did I just say I went for a run? Why yes, yes I did! a five mile run mind you, with no knee pain! woo hoo! in the last half mile I had the TINIEST bit of tightness, so I stopped and stretched and it went away. I was so happy! I even felt really good, too! I know missing 6 weeks of training will hurt my time, but I just want to finish! Aiming for one more good run this week (don’t want to push it) and then a long run this weekend, and hopefully that will get me back on track.

So, on to the recipe. This recipe holds a special place in my heart. When Bobby and I had been dating for a month or so, I decided to cook him dinner. He told me to choose my meal wisely because it would make or break the rest of my life (haha.) Anyway, I chose a new recipe I had never made before: Melt in your mouth chicken. I paired it with potato soup but that will be for another day. Smile 

Ok, here it is, still one of my (and Bobby’s) favorites.

-3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

– 1/2 cup white cooking wine

-butter (optional)

-pepper jack cheese

-1 can low sodium cream of chicken soup

– 1-2 cups herb stuffing mix (I use Pepperidge Farm)

-salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

1.)Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.) spray the bottom of a baking dish (I use a 9” I think)

3.) put chicken in baking dish with a little butter on each piece

4.) slice some pepper jack cheese (per your liking) and put on top of each piece

5.)add salt and pepper to taste

6.)mix soup and white wine together in a bowl, pour on top of chicken

7.)pour stuffing mix on top of everything

8.)bake at 350 for one hour

Enjoy!!!

 

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Bella says “grandpa, why must you torture me? You know I already hate wearing sweaters?!”

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QOTD: What is the weather like right now where you live?

 

Back in the Action

 

Good evening! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great week. I missed my daily blogging while I was gone but it was also nice to just unplug with no phone or computer for a week. I think I needed it. The cruise was fun, but also..interesting! More on that later though!

I have some good news…I did lots of walking on the trip and ran twice and NO KNEE PAIN!!! I was so excited…but at the same time I am scared to get TOO excited. Does that make sense? I am going to try a couple of longer runs this week and then a long run this weekend. Fingers crossed! I think I may be back in the action and hopefully still able to run my marathon!!

When I ran, I warmed up for a LONG time and stretched well so hopefully that had something to do with it. I have never been great at the warming up thing!

I am going to leave you with a couple of pictures, and this week I will be doing my runners gift guide post for Christmas! So excited. Stay tuned!

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QOTD: What are you looking forward to most about Christmas?

Say it with Shutterfly

 

Good morning everyone! We are into December now, so it is about that time….Time for Christmas cards! I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. I enjoy hearing from family and friends, and most of all, getting pictures to see how everyone has grown up and changed.

My favorite easy and affordable way to send cards is to use Shutterfly. I have used them the past few years and have always been happy with how my photo cards turned out.

There are so many options to choose from, depending on how many photos you want to use, colors, size, etc. You can check out all of the options HERE.

Shutterfly also has great photo gifts like calendars, you can check them out HERE.

Also, they have great things year round like Birthday party invitations, you can see the selection HERE.

I just got back from vacation where I took a LOT of pictures. I plan to use a couple for my cards, and here are a few designs I am looking at that I like best!

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But there are so many great designs who knows what I will choose! No matter which, I know I will be happy with my cards and I hope my friends and family will be, too! Shutterfly is having some great deals on their cards right now, so hurry and check them out, and say it this Christmas with Shutterfly!

QOTD: Do you send out Christmas cards?

See Ya Real Soon!

 

Happy black Friday! It is cold and rainy here, and I am glad I am not out fighting crazy people for merchandise! Instead I am packing up for our cruise! We drive halfway today and then the boat leaves tomorrow!

I know I said I would have my runner’s Christmas gift guide up today but it’s not going to happen. I am sorry guys, the Saints game had me super stressed out yesterday evening, I was planning on blogging and watching, but I was glued to the TV instead! I want it to be good so it will have to wait till I come back.

I promise to take lots of pictures, so don’t leave me readers, I will be back! To hold you over until I get back, why not take a look back at a few of my old posts or race recaps? Here are a few I would start with:

 

Happy 1 year blogiversary post

Jazz Half Marathon recap part II

Blogging Tips

The Birth Control Pill Debate

Mickey Medal Here I Come

Disney Half Marathon 2010

I hope everyone has a great week, I will be back to regular blogging NEXT Sunday, see you all in December!

 

QOTD: Do you black Friday shop?

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

 

Gobble Gobble! Is everyone stuffed and now wearing their stretchy pants?! I hope you are having a great day with family and friends. It is 83 degrees here…not even joking! Not very Thanksgiving-y but what can you do? We have cooked, eaten, napped, and are now ready for SAINTSGIVING! Who dat!?!

Here is my day in pictures:

old picture! I was about 5 or 6!

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Mom hard at work

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Watching the parade!

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Camera shy

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Ready to cook!

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Captain Mickey balloon during the parade!

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Making twice baked potatoes

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Ok Bobby that’s good!

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Dad starts slicing the turkey, and look who shows up!

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Food!

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I was in charge of the table. Can you spot Bella?

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Montgomery family!

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QOTD: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for my awesome family and friends (blog friends, too!) Also for my health, dogs, and all the other blessings in my life!

Geaux Saints!

Good New and Bad News

 

Happy Thanksgiving eve! November has just flown by! I hope everyone is having a good day, gearing up for lots of yummy food!

As promised, I have an update on my IT band situation. There is good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good.

Monday, I had to go to Mississippi for some personal things, and I went to the chiropractor twice. When I went in the morning and told him my knee was still not right, he got all excited because he has just gotten back from a conference dealing with extremities. He said he learned a lot about legs/knees/hips and had some tests he wanted to try on my legs and some adjustments he wanted to do when I came back that afternoon. ooookkk.

So I go back and he did a serious of tests, bending pulling, stretching, having me point/flex/etc. and He told me that I have absolutely zero rotation in either of my legs/knees/hips. They won’t turn at all apparently. I or course thought I was normal and you were not supposed to be able to rotate like that. I was on my back and he bent my knee, turned my leg in and tried to pull it towards me and my hip flexor hurt so bad he couldn’t get it to go anywhere. Then he did some kind of adjustment to my hip and knee and tried it again and my leg turned a whole lot farther!

Basically, my right hip is so badly rotated that my leg can’t sit in my hip socket properly or something like that, so that is most likely what is causing all the stress on my IT band which is causing it to get inflamed and tight. Good news, he can fix it my basically putting everything back where it is supposed to be.

Bad news….I need to go see him as often as possible before my race to make training possible (once is just not going to do it obviously) and I cant go back for two weeks! I am going to try to go the 2nd and third weekends in December and the first week of January right before the race and  just pray that is enough.

I tired running yesterday to see if I could tell a difference. Good news, I made it 1.5 miles zero pain. I was so happy! But then it started to get tight. I ran walked the last 1.5 miles, stopping every half mile to walk for one minute and that seemed to help. I hurt a little this morning but not badly. I am stretching and foam rolling hoping that helps. 1.5 miles is good though…before, it was hurting from the very first step, so this is progress I guess? I guess I will just have to do a lot of driving back to MS in order to make this happen!

sorry for the lack of pictures, I have been so busy the past couple of days getting ready for our cruise. I will take Thanksgiving pictures tomorrow!

QOTD: Any fun Thanksgiving traditions?

O Christmas Tree Take II

 

What a sleepy afternoon! I just woke up from a nap. I had to make a quick trip to Mississippi for some personal reasons, and I was up at 5:30 this morning then did all the driving so I needed a nap! It was nice. Smile

I have mentioned that putting up the tree is one of my very favorite things to do and I was sad I wouldn’t get to reflect on all the memories of my ornaments etc. this year. Well, I was wrong I did! My dad had a smaller tree at his office he brought home for me and while Bobby was here over the weekend we put it up with just a few of our “special” ornaments. Not as fun as past years but better than nothing! Excuse the sad way I look. it was 9:30 at night.

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The puppies slept through all the fun.

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YAY for the holidays!!! I am done posting goobey tree pictures..for now. Smile

Come back tomorrow, I have some interesting (and somewhat hopeful) news about my IT band!!

I hope everyone has a great afternoon! My Christmas gift guide for runners will be up hopefully on Friday, I thought Black Friday was the perfect day to post about shopping!

QOTD: Do you have a favorite ornament? What is it?

Foundations

 

Happy weekend! It’s official, we have a foundation! Woo hoo! Today, Bobby and I brought my parents to see our house in progress. My mom had been to the neighborhood before but my dad had not. I was so excited to show them and see the progress with my own eyes! It’s going up fast!

This is standing on the opposite side of the park looking towards our lot. They are putting a picket fence all the way across the lots on the park.

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Looking at the front of the house, you can see the big porch!

 

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Standing in the house looing down into the garage and at the driveway (which is behind the house)

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Standing at the bottom of the driveway looking up  the back of the house

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Looking to the right, to the side/backyard

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Love this

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We will have a cute gate like this on the front! (Pretty sure they are painting this white)

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Where our gate will go

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Look at the cute drainage covers

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After looking around, we drove down and around by the beach. We passed the Beau Rivage

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Then we drove on the beach road

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Good but long and tiring day. Now I am watching the Saints game and relaxing.

Tomorrow, my mom and I are driving to my house so I can go to the chiropractor, and so we can get mail, check on the house etc. I am ITCHING to run so badly, I feel like I am losing fitness everyday. I walked yesterday but did nothing today. Maybe I will try to walk and maybe jog a little at my house tomorrow.

So I posted that I used the tennis ball on my leg and hip…well, it left a bruise! I am SO SORE, and my leg had a bruise. I read that was ok, but I really didn’t think it would happen to me. oops. Hope it is at least helping! have a good night everyone!

QOTD: What is your favo
rite Thanksgiving food?