About Me

 Heather

    I have been athletic my whole life. I started playing basketball in 3rd grade, then soon after added soccer, then in Jr. High I dropped soccer for volleyball and Track (still playing basketball.) All through High School I was a three sport athlete, and I could eat whatever I wanted. Some days I had basketball practice at 5:30 am then volleyball after school, and all of my sports overlapped. So, let’s just say I was burning a lot of calories every day. My junior and senior year of high school I tore ligaments in both of my ankles, shattering my dreams of playing college sports. I would have had to have ankle surgery to play competitively, something I did not wish to pursue at the time.
When I went to Mississippi College, I stuck to playing sports for fun, worked out occasionally, and I slowly started to gain weight over the next four years. Not a lot of weight, but for me, going from 122-143 was a lot.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 spring 2008                         spring 2011

In January of 2009, I went to Disneyworld for a fun girls weekend and got to watch some of my friends run the Walt Disney World marathon. As I stood on the sideline watching people cheer for complete strangers, tears rolled down my cheecks and I vowed to not only start running again and run the Disney half marathon the next year, but also to be an overall more healthy person. I have definately had some ups and downs but I am on the right track. Not only did I run the Disney half marathon in January of 2010, I ran the Disney full marathon in 2011! I went full circle from watching that race in 2009, to running it myself in 2011. It is something I NEVER thought I could accomplish. I know for a fact I could not have accomplished any of this without God, and my awesome supportive family helping me through every step of the way. Join me on my journey to eat healthy, tone up, and be an overall happy, healthy, person!

In March of 2011 my husband and I packed up our life and moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It has been a wild ride learning a whole new area, making new friends, finding new running routes, a new church, etc. It has been challenging but also a great adventure.
I love God, my husband, my family, my furbabies Bella and Sassy, being active, watching tv, text messaging, blogging, being outside, reading, chocolate, Disneyworld, and many other things! I am so blessed to have an amazing life. Come visit and get to know me better. I love meeting new people and making new friends, so please don’t be shy!

90 Responses to About Me

  1. 1

    Love the new site! Keep up the great work :)

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    Caroline says:

    I love how you were teary eyed and so inspired watching the Disney marathon, and then decided to run it yourself too!! Like your blog :)

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    Kimberly says:

    I’m loving your blog! I always enjoy your posts on the DIS and reading your reports. I love how real and honest you are! Can’t wait to read more and keep up the great work! I struggle myself with getting my runs in and maintaining a healthy lifestyle…it’s definitely a day to day process. Good luck!

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    Erin says:

    I just found your blog (from chicrunner) and love it! I love what got you into running and look forward to reading about your journey!

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    You and your guy make the sweetest couple.
    I can’t wait to be a pup pup mama too. One day!
    I would love to complete the Disney Princess Marathon in the next year or two :)
    Love reading your blog. xoxo

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    Susan says:

    Hi – just wanted to say thanks for letting me know about the Couch to 5K running plan. I looked it up online and started the program this week!

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    Susan says:

    OK – I will let you know how I do with this new plan of mine! I am trying to get in shape for a vacation to Disney World in June.

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    Susan says:

    Hi – just wanted to let you know I am on week four of Couch to 5K. So far, so good. I feel like I have gotten in better shape and my jeans are fitting a little better! It is a good program.

    • 8.1

      that’s great! I am so glad you started it! Hopefully you will catch the running bug and stick with it!! Good for you!!!

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        Nicole says:

        I love reading your blog! My husband and I recently started running after I walked the Princess half marathon in March. We have our first 5K this Saturday. We normally have to push 2 kids in a jogging stroller so we are excited to see how we do without them!!

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    kbwood says:

    you are so adorable!! i gota get caught up on your blog-but you sound like a running beast!

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    Susan says:

    Hi again – so I just started week eight of Couch to 5K – I had to repeat week six twice, so I am really just at the week 7 schedule, but I can now jog 20 minutes without a break! That is a lot for me :) Jogging burns lots more calories than walking and I have been more mindful of what I eat now, because it is just so darn much work to burn off those calories! Congrats on the Disney travel job!

  11. 11

    Can I just say, I LOVEEEE your blog….but everytime I look at the url, I take a double glance because at first I ALWAYS read it “running with ass!” LOL.

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    Christel says:

    You have a great thing going on with your blog! I would love to run the Disney races once, but being from Holland, well, I’d have to make a holiday out of it!

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    d.a.r. says:

    I just found your blog–looks like you have made a ton of progress on the running front! I can’t wait to read more!

  14. 14
    Aprile says:

    Skinny Runner recommended your blog and now I’m a subscriber! Great washer and dryer by the way :) Keep up the great work!.

    -aprile

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    Hey! Skinny Runner sent me over here as well. Looking forward to reading more!
    Jess

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    smilecrave says:

    Eeeeek!! You work as a Disney Travel Agent!! SO COOL!! Disney is home away from home for meeee! I love it!! I love everything you believe in!! so awesome!! sign me up! :)

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    fitnstitchin says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog, it’s very inspiring! ~Love your photos! Keep Running! :) ~Take Care

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    I saw your post on healthy living blogs and decided to stop by!! Love your blog and good luck training for your marathon! :)

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    lisaou11 says:

    i bet the disney is a great race to run! that sense of excitement in that place probably motivates you right along :)

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    runningmumma says:

    I just found your blog and I have enjoyed reading it. I did the Disney half in 2008 and have a goal of doing the Disney full in 2012…

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    OMG! I love your doggies!! Are they poodles?? So cute! I just stumbled on your blog via fitblog chat! You are adorable!

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    Chelsea says:

    I just came across your site and I love it!
    We actually have a TON in common. I’m a freshman in college running track, but in high school I was a three sport athlete from 7th grade on! And to add icing on the cake, I love Disney! Me and my family have made an effort to go every year since I was 5! I’ve always wanted to run in a disney marathon, but just haven’t had the chance.
    I’ll definitely be a ‘frequenter’ on your site! :)

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    Vanessa in Texas says:

    I came upon your blog tonight (link from the running skirts website) and love it! I’ve done two halfs but walked 99% of them. I’ve put on so much weight and have vowed that 2011 is going to be my year to get in shape and RUN a half marathon. (Your blog is inspiring!) Happy New Year!

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    Meredith says:

    Love the new site, Heather! It’s awesome! And congrats on the marathon! You’re a rockstar!

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    Amy says:

    Yeah! I love your site! Came across the link in the disboards – you helped me with some trip questions back in ’09 and we are taking our kids back for a surprise trip this December – long story short – I’ve begun a quest for healthier living and this week has been a total funk for me! So thank you for your ‘re-inspiration’ as my goal is to run the Princess 2012, after I make my goal weight for our December 2011 trip!

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    Raydene says:

    Hi! I just found your blog through Twitter :) and am now following you on Twitter as well :)
    Have to catch up on your past posts, but read your review on the “6 weeks to 6 pavk” and will be trying it out tonight. I’m a runner as well and will be running my second half in June. Needless to say, I’m totally stoked! I’m hoping to get some money and start traveling to race. I’d LOVE to run Disney one day. Look forward to reading your blog more :)

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    Rich Davis says:

    Heather, I am a high school track coach with a female athlete that has been having dizzy/lightheaded episodes along with collapsing, during races and intense track workouts. I saw on a different blog that you to had these issues, even passing out, when in college. I would like to pick your brain regarding your ultimate diagnosis of hypoglycemia and other related symptoms you had in college.

    Thank You

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    Colette says:

    I just wanted to say I really enjoy your website. I have been in sports and running all my life as well but didn’t start long distance (10 milers, 2 half marathons, and 1 full 26.2! ) till about 3 yrs ago. I enjoy it and I am always looking for great tips and fun races out there! I am also very curious about the running skirts as I have always been a shorts runner and I’m always up for anything that is more comfy!!. I Look forward to learning more on your site! Have a great day!

    • 29.1
      Heather says:

      thanks for stopping by! Running skirts are So freeing, no shorts riding up, comfy, fashionable, and awesome! You won’t want to wear anything else!

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    Steven says:

    Heather,
    I have found your blog/web site interesting to read. In some ways we could not be any more differerent and in others similar.
    I have never been athletic, do not like running and do not wear running skirts 😉
    I do like chocolate and other junk food, I do find motivation on goals and have a deep satisfaction in beating my own achievements.
    Understanding the journey others take to reach a similar goal is so interesting and in some ways motivational.

    I did not start running until my 50th Birthday and did so because I had started exercising 12 months before with distance walking and had injured my knee with speed walking and found that with a knee support I was able to run pain free while I could not speed walk. Now 2 1/2 years later I am training for a full marathon after completing my 1st & 2nd half marathons last month.
    I still don’t like running but I do like the achievment 😉
    Life can be strange. Keep up the good work.

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    Ashley says:

    Hi Heather! I have been reading your blog since May when I was getting ready to head to Disney World. It encouraged me to seek out more bloggers for inspiration, and I have finally set up my own blog! Thank you! Now that I have a Twitter account and a blog, I’ll definitely be following. Who knows, we may end up doing a blogger meet at an upcoming Disney race! (I’m past due for one; I haven’t run Disney since the 2005 1/2 Marathon.) Have a great vacation and birthday!

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    KristynKG says:

    Hi Heather!
    I wanted to let you know that I found your blog through a #RunMS tweet and am so happy I did! I live in Long Beach and I am excited to find a “local” blogger! I have a private family blog, but am thinking I may start a public training blog once I start training for the RockNRoll Mardi Gras Half. It will be my first, and after reading your race reports I am SUPER excited to do it! In your recaps you talked about tearing up at certain points during the race-I’m with ya sista! because I was tearing up just reading about your experiences! I am always looking for a running buddy since my hubby isn’t very fond of hitting the pavement. I am @KristynKG on twitter :)

    • 33.1
      Heather says:

      Ah thank you for tne sweet comments! I am glad you found my recaps helpful. It is a really fun race! So glad to “meet” another local blogger!

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    Whoa, Expo says:

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    Josh says:

    Hello,
    I would love to partner up our two running blogs!

    Josh

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    Jen L. says:

    Stumbled across your blog (and have now favorited it!). Just started running this year with my goal of running my first half marathon in February 2012….the Disney Princess Half!!! I am registered and so excited! I hope I’ll get to see you there. And I love running in skirts. :)

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    Corrie Anne says:

    Love your Disney marathon story!!!! So inspirational! :)

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    Texas HCG says:

    Hi there! This is an incredible story! It’s amazing how much impact what we feel emotionally & physically reading you whole story. I’m excited to check out more from your blog!

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    larisa dixon says:

    Love your blog, I too live on the gulf coast. Mobile, AL…I do many races in the Gulfport/biloxi area. One of my favorites being the Pursuit of happiness at the the Gulf Islands Waterpark, mainly because you get in free to the waterpark all day, lol (its the little things in life). :) Cant wait to catch up your blog and to follow it. oh and i guess I need to venture out into the running skirt world, yall make them look so cute and comfy. lol

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    Jessica says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog when searching for WDW marathon reviews/recaps (running it next year!). You have a great blog with lots of awesome info! :) I live on the MS gulf coast too (definitely don’t find that too often!). If you have any good running routes that you used to train for WDW marathon that would be so wonderful! :)
    Jess

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    Tyler says:

    Wow, Heather. Your story is really inspiring. Keep it up!

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    Nancy says:

    Your site is great Sass. I’m new to running so I naturally stumbled on your blog through Women’s Running Magazine :) I love your straight talk and find your blogs relatable. You’ve inspired me to set some better goals for my running as well as my blogging. Thanks so much :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I found your site while looking for IT Band stretches. I have been a runner for 10-15 years now and have had terrible knee pain in the past year. I love running and all that comes with it. I have great friends to run with and we are all very supportive of each other.
    It is difficult mentally and physically for me to take time off from running but it is necessary. I begin PT next week and hope some of the stretches you mention are helpful.
    I recently started my own website, though it has not been made public yet, and hope to make a good go of it.
    Keep posting!
    -elizabeth

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    Stephen says:

    Hi Heather, what a great site, well done! The Disney story is great too. Some of your comments about running are really infectious, it’s good to have them out there. I’ve got my own running blog too at http://www.myrunninglife.co.uk (ok, I live a bit far away!) if you fancy me guest-posting for you or blog links, whatever! :-)

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    Cindy Arely Jenkins says:

    Hi Heather! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I have been feeling so frustrated lately with my lack of motivation for being disciplined about working out and for making healthier decisions and I found your blog just in time! Seeing your blog and your posts has sparked a fire in me! I love running and 2012 was the first year that I made it a part of my life. I ran the OC Half Marathon in May, but once it was over, I started focusing on the wrong things: my lack of weight loss throughout my training and my slow running times, instead of focusing on keeping it up and not quiting. Your blog has reminded me that it is a constant adventure! Can’t wait to get out there again with my head held high! Keep it up and thank you so much!

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