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Weekend Thoughts and I Need Your Help!

Good morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am virtually pinching you if you aren’t wearing green. 🙂 I hope everyone had a good weekend and that you are finally adjusting to the time change. It’s still weird to me that it stays light so late but I absolutely love it!


We spent the weekend at my parents house, they hadn’t seen the dogs since New Years and we just wanted a relaxing weekend doing a lot of nothing, so that’s what we did!

We drove in Friday late afternoon and went to dinner with my parents and watched a movie back home. Then Saturday we just relaxed at the house, sat outside (temps around 70!) and chatted. We planned for a run but it rained Saturday and Sunday, so I haven’t worked out in several days. Not a surprising turn of events for this girl, hoping in another week or so I will be feeling much better!

Sunday it rained in the morning but the sun came out long enough for us to BBQ for lunch and sit outside and eat. It was wonderful! I also finally got to fulfill my snowball craving. I had two this weekend, and they were amazing. Wedding Cake with condensed milk. I die.

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Mom and I spent some time chatting about the gender reveal party her and my dad want to throw us. So, those of you that have been to one or had one, any tips or pointers? We have been all over Pinterest but honestly it is SO overwhelming!

What are your favorite themes, ideas, or tips for us? We want it to be casual but lots of fun!

QOTD: Gender reveal party ideas or help?

Baby Questions Answered

A huge huge thank you for all of the support on yesterday’s post! Between the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the text messages, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! You even crashed my blog for a few minutes yesterday morning! Baby already feels so loved, and so do I. I received a lot of questions yesterday and wanted to try to answer a bunch of them if possible. If you have one I didn’t cover, leave it in the comments and I will try to answer!

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When are you due? How far along are you? September 30th, I am 11.5 weeks.

Were you trying? For how long? Yes, it was our second month trying. We realize how insanely blessed we are to get pregnant right away!

When/how did you find out? Oh boy haha. My mom and I were in California the week after Dopey running Tinkerbell. I was EXHAUSTED all week…like, I went to be at 7:15 the first night! I chalked it up to the time change, flying, and Dopey hangover, so really didn’t think much of it. Then, that Friday I had a tiny tiny bit of spotting, and I told Jen who was convinced it was implantation bleeding. I kind of forgot about it, ran my races, and the day I got home my boobs felt SO sore. The next morning Jen texted me and asked if I had tested, and I said no I had forgotten, and she convinced me to go take one…and I did….and that line came up so fast I didn’t know what to think! I was kind of in shock, I wasn’t expecting it that fast or that dark.  My cycles have been pretty sporadic and I thought I would be ovulating when I was in CA with my mom!

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When/how did you tell Bobby? I had always imagined I would come up with some cute elaborate plan to tell Bobby…but no no, I was so shocked/surprised I knew I had to tell him right away. He was downstairs cooking eggs, and I told him to close his eyes and hold his hand out. I couldn’t even wait for him to finish cooking the EGGS! Being Mr. non-emotional that he is, he just kind of looked at it made an “ok cool” face while shaking his head, and went back to cooking.

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Are you going to find out boy/girl? Absolutely! I am not really a big fan of surprises, I want to shop/have everything ready YESTERDAY! It already drove me nuts to be in Disney and not able to buy anything because we don’t know yet! Plus my mom wants to throw use a gender reveal party, so that will be fun!

How have you been feeling? Not great, but honestly I can’t complain, I know people have it MUCH worse than me….but it still sucks. I started getting a “carsick feeling” at the end of the 5th week just sporadically during the day, then the periods of sickness got longer and longer until I was sick all the time no matter what I did. I never threw up, but sometimes I wish I would have. Around week 7.5 or so I felt very defeated, like relief would NEVER come, but I AM getting better slowly. 9.5-10.5 was the worst stretch, Zofran helps though. I still am nauseated all evening, but only in the mornings if I don’t eat. Progress my friends.

Will you keep running? Absolutely for as long as I can! I haven’t run much lately because I am burnt out and because I have been so sick and exhausted I didn’t want to go from the bed to the bathroom.

Didn’t you just run a bunch of races? Why yes I did! Baby M already has a lot of medals. Smile I didn’t know I was pregnant during Dopey, and found out right after Tink (but I felt awful running it just didn’t know why!), but Princess was a NIGHTMARE. I will share more on that in my race recap (why I have waited to write it) but sadly that Disney trip was pretty miserable. I may have cried the morning I woke up for the half marathon.

How will this change your blog? Well, when I changed from RWS to THLG a year ago, it was partly in anticipation of this. No I am not turning this blog into a pregnancy or baby blog, but this IS a huge part of my life, so there WILL be pregnancy posts friends. I totally understand if you want to skip those days, it’s not for everyone! I will do weekly updates and some other fun stuff thrown in here and there, but will still post about lot of other things, too!

What are your symptoms? Well, the first sign was super SUPER sore/bigger boobs.  Then came the pains from my uterus stretching, and the nausea in week 6. The the bloating, oh the bloating, and constipation, and then last week I started breaking out on my face like a 13 year old boy. Oh, also tons of excess saliva, and constant phlegm in my throat. Isn’t this fun?!?! The worst has been the nausea and the exhaustion. I try to nap every day but it doesn’t always work out. I sleep 9-10 hours a night, and the littlest things wear me out. It’s sad.

Is baby healthy?  Yes! I have had three appointments and three ultrasounds! At the first one they did an ultrasound to confirm and date me, etc. Second one was at almost eight weeks to see/confirm heartbeat (145 bpm) Third one was Wednesday, they tried the doppler and couldn’t get the heartbeat so they did another ultrasound because I got nervous, baby was squirming away at 163 bpm.


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How did you tell your parents? Oh this is a fun one. I was SO nervous/anxious to tell them, it’s their first grand baby. I knew we had to tell them before Princess because they would know because I couldn’t ride things, couldn’t drink, and felt awful. So when we drove to their house to stay the day before we flew out, we spilled the beans. it was SO entertaining. We gave them a gift with a card and the card said “The 3 of us are so excited to go to Disney with you, love Bobby, Heather, and ?”. My mom was a little slow, but my dad got it right away. She didn’t believe me at first, and well, you can watch for yourself. They crack me up.


QOTD: Any other questions for me? How did you tell your family you were pregnant?

**The winner of the Gone for a Run gift card is  Kathryn Leighton Thayer! Please email (winner displayed on rafflecoptor widget for those that would like to see!)


The Secret is Out

Baby’s First Race Medals

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…Coming September 2014

RELATED: Emma Kate’s Birth Story Part 1

Enchanted 10k Race Recap 2014

As part of the Glass Slipper Challenge, I participated in the inaugural runDisney Enchanted 10k with my mom.

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We were up at 2:45, dressed and ready to get to the busses by 3:45.

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The bus line was LONG and a full ten minutes went by with no bus. I had friends at other resorts telling me they had one bus lined up behind the other getting people on so I was a little perturbed that it wasn’t the case at the Boardwalk.

After about 20 minutes we were loaded onto a bus and we met up with Karen and then went to the Team runDisney meet up.

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We stayed and chatted a bit before heading over to our corrals (LOVE the short walk to the corrals for the 10k!)


We went to the bathroom, got some water, and sat in our corral for a few minutes chatting with other runners. (Was great to meet so many readers! Thanks for saying hi!)

We were soon ushered up to the starting line, being welcomed to the first ever Enchanted 10k!

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We were off, into the darkness, turning left out of the parking lot. Look, it’s Elsa from Frozen! We even had “snow” fall on us.


We kept on trucking, and decided to stop for the bathrooms in the median somewhere between mile 2 and 3. This is where my only annoyance for the race came in, and it was NOT runDisney’s fault.

Let me set the scene: We were out on the 3 lane highway, right before it opens to 4 lanes, and had just stepped off to the left to use the bathrooms. We had run the whole first mile, then walked just once before using the bathroom. We got back onto the road, and decided to walk a few seconds before going right back into running to get our heart rates back up. We were ALL THE WAY on the left side of the road, and the road was empty. (I think we were in between corrals at this point.) Anyway, a girl runs up next to me and starts YELLING at us for being “in the way” and said we need to learn to walk on the correct side of the road. Um….EXCUSE ME? 1.) We were ALL the way to the side 2.) The road was EMPTY so we were in no ones way 3.) Why the heck would we go all the way across 4 lanes of road to walk for 15 more seconds? Wouldn’t that be more of a hazard, cutting straight across people just to get to the right side? If we had been in the middle of the road or the right side we of course would have gone right, but we had jut come out of the left medium where the port-o-potties were. Oy. Anyone who has run a runDisney race before knows that walkers need to get to the side…any side, and that it’s impossible to just be on one side, especially when it’s super crowded. There are people taking walk breaks everywhere, all along the course, and I have no problem with walking as long as you are to the side. I was in shock, and would be lying if I said it didn’t tick me off for most of the race. Just to give you an idea of HOW EMPTY it was, as soon as I got over the shock of how rude this chick was, I took a picture to show how “in the way”’ we clearly were of all the traffic.

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Seriously. SERIOUSLY? Why ruin someone else’s race like that? I just don’t understand the mean spiritedness some people have in them. I would be lying if I didn’t notice every single person walking on BOTH sides of the road during the race after that. If I stressed that woman out when there was no crowds, she probably had a heart attack the rest of the race. Sigh. Ok, moving on.

We made it to mile three, and started the turn towards EPCOT. The boys were supposed to wake up and go downstairs below our room and watch us run by, so I started texting my dad when we got to EPCOT.

We made it around the World Showcase, and out to the Boardwalk. I let the boys know we were close, and sure enough there they were! We stopped for quick sweaty hugs and were on our way again. We made it all the way around, and were heading back into EPCOT. We were almost done! Mom was doing a great job, and I kept telling her we were close and to just hang on a little longer.

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It was starting to get daylight, and the cast members were out cheering for us through EPCOT. We made the turn backstage that I know so well, and we just had two tenths of a mile to go.

When we reached the final stretch, there were tons of fans in the bleachers cheering, and we got a mother/daughter shout out from Carissa and Rudy. Carissa even asked if Bobby was in the bed haha. We crossed the finish line, hands in the air, we did it!

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I was super proud of mom for doing the 5k and 10k back to back. We got our medals and I got my 10k finisher wristband for the glass slipper challenge, and grabbed our food before heading to the busses.

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I really enjoy the 10k distance, and the medal was really cute. I think they could do so much more with the course, but other that that I had a really good time and think it’s great runDisney is including a “middle distance” for people who have done the 5k but aren’t ready for the half, or people like my mom who has done three halfs and still wants to runDisney, but not have to train as much. It’s a happy medium, and I hope they continue to offer it. We didn’t stop for pictures because the lines were pretty long, and mom just wanted to keep going, which is totally fine. We ran the first mile, then walked probably every half mile for a minute or so after that. (ALWAYS on the side and always after putting our hand up signaling we were about to stop!) Everything was well organized and ran smoothly as far as I am concerned, except for the long wait at the bus stop. I would definitely run this race again in the future!

QOTD: Do you like the 10k distance? Have you ever been yelled at on a race course?

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Scenes from the Weekend: March 2014

We had an absolutely beautiful weekend here in the south. Temps in the upper 60’s/low 70’s and mostly sunny. It truly is amazing how much my mood lifts when the weather is nice!


I took advantage Saturday and went for a 3 mile run. It felt so good to be running outside in a tank top in the sunshine, I think I smiled most of the way.

We were also able to get some work done outside. I bleached the back patio and front sidewalk, and Bobby did some weed pulling and bush trimming in the back yard. It’s not all done yet, but looking so much better!

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Bella gets mad when she can’t see over the fence and we are looking over.

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We also took the dogs on nice long walks, toured the new St. Jude Dream Home in our neighborhood, and just sat outside chatting. Sunday evening we BBQ’ed in the back yard, enjoying the extra hour of daylight.

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It was a great weekend, and I can’t wait for more sunny, warm day!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend? How is the weather where you live?

Disney Fit Challenge

A NEW sporting event is coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sports this September! Disney will be hosting a Crossfit-style “Fit Challenge” for elite, intermediate, and recreational athletes. The event will be held September 26-28, and will be an indoor and outdoor event at the complex.


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Check out part of the press release I was sent:

“Disney Fit Challenge will be a three-day event (Sept 26-28) involving athletes competing in different fitness challenges that test a participant’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance and power.  Challenges are designed based on age and skill level with more experienced athletes competing in movements such as muscle-ups and double-unders while recreational participants compete in movements that may include box jumps, kettle bell swings, push-ups, squats and broad jumps. Competitors with the highest scores in their division and age group from the first two days advance to the final day of competition.


A Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest fitness merchandise, products and apparel during the competition….

Disney Sports is collaborating with I AM CrossFit, one of the leading competitive fitness organizations in the Southeast, on the staging of Disney Fit Challenge. The event is the first of its kind held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 sports events each year, and builds on the complex’s wide variety of athletic events geared towards athletes of all ages and abilities.”

Registration for this event opens soon, March 18, so if you want to participate I wouldn’t wait to register. Daily admission for spectators is $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for children and can be purchased at the sports complex box office. Be sure to follow @DisneySports on Twitter for more information.

QOTD: Are you glad Disney is going to have this style of competition? Would this be something you would like to register for?

A Year Through the Looking Glass

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I officially changed my blog name from Running With Sass. It was a huge leap of faith for me, and I was really nervous how everyone would react. Thankfully, you were all very supportive, and it was such a great move for me.


I had realized after three years of blogging that there was so much more to me than just running, and so much I wanted to share. I no longer wanted to be pigeon holed, I wanted to feel free to write about whatever I chose. Of course, there is still a very heavy emphasis on running, but it’s nice to know I have the option when the mood strikes me.

I have been given many opportunities this year, and am so thankful for my readers, sponsors, friends, and family. I had no idea what the future would hold for my blog when I made the change, but it has all been so very positive, I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

The idea of Through Heather’s Looking Glass, is seeing life the way I see it, from my perspective. Everyone may not always agree with it, think it’s interesting, or even care, and that’s ok! It’s my life, and I am blessed to be doing what I do every day. So thank YOU for sticking with me through thick and thin, from Running with Sass to now, and hopefully for many more years to come!

QOTD: Were you reading my blog back when I was RWS?

runDisney Royal Family 5k 2014

I was so excited when my mom told me she wanted all four of us to run the runDisney 5k together during Princess half weekend.


My dad had never participated in a runDisney race, so I was of course up for it when she suggested we run together. Mom picked out our “costumes” months in advance, and all we had to do was wait for the day of the race.


We knew we would be easy to spot in our green shirts if we lost each other in the crowd. We got up early, headed down to the busses, and were pleasantly surprised!


We didn’t have to wait for a bus, we just hopped right on. I explained to my dad this race was WAY smaller than the half, so it would be a lot less congested on all fronts, including the busses.


When we arrived we were able to meet up with Karen and her family. All four of them were running, too!


Eye see you!


Soon it was time to walk to the start, which is thankfully a much shorter walk than for the half and full.


The race quickly began, and we started out into the EPCOT parking lot. I told my family we needed to get through the first (boring) mile quickly, then we could relax and soak it all in once we got into Epcot, and would hopefully not get trapped in a huge mess of people.



We made it, mile one done, and into EPCOT we go! We continued with a run/walk, just taking our time enjoying the surroundings.


The character lines were WAY too long to stop at, so we just waved and continued on around the World Showcase and towards Spaceship Earth, which looked beautiful with the rising sun.


A nice cast member took our family photo in front of it, and we were almost done!



We wrapped around Spaceship Earth and I could hear the finish! We all wanted to finish together in a row, and luckily it wasn’t very crowded so we were able to do so. With a special family shout out from Carissa, we crossed the finish line together. Hooray! Mom and dad did great!



Final thoughts:

-I love how non-crowded this race felt compared to the half and full’s I have done with runDisney. No port-o-potty lines, walked right into our corral, everything was much “quicker” if that makes sense. It was also nice not having to get up at 2:45! (The race began at 6:15 but busses picked us up until 5 or so, so we slept till 4!)

-I did notice a lack of characters on course like I did at the 5k during Dopey, which was a little disappointing.  The 2012 5k had so many, it was awesome!

-Epcot is beautiful as the sun comes up, and I love that they have the torches lit around World Showcase.

-The finish line is just as magical, lots of cheering, lots of fun!

QOTD: Have you ever participated in a fun run?

March 2014 Confessions

Ok guys, it’s confession time again. I have a few things weighing on me and thought it was time to ‘fess up!

1.) I am SO TIRED of running. There. I said it. Gulp. This chick is totally and completely burned out. I don’t want to train, I don’t want to race, nothing. The good news is, this has happened before and I always, ALWAYS bounce back after some time off. So I am hoping that is just what I need. It’s totally my own fault, cramming Dopey, Tink, and Princess all into two months. I am excited for the day I WANT to run again, but today is not that day, and that’s ok. HOWEVER, I do have a race in April so I need to keep some of my running intact, so I will still run some…just not like I was training for all these races.


How about cutting back on running mmkkk?

2.) Spring fever is hitting me like woah. This weekend it was gorgeous and 73. We have green grass, and Bobby even had to cut it because it was getting high! We a lot of time outside because I felt guilty being inside, and now I am bummed again because it was in the 30’s last night/early this morning.


3.) I had to lower my weights at the gym. I haven’t consistently been lifting since Dopey, and the reality of it hit me at the gym yesterday. I have gotten weaker. It wasn’t a good feeling, but I am hoping with my running hiatus I will want to be in the gym more lifting!

4.) I didn’t watch a single second of the Oscars, and am totally ok with that. The Walking Dead was way more entertaining anyway I am sure.

5.) Today is Mardi Gras (woo hoo!) and I am sad I didn’t go to any parades this year OR eat any King Cake. I did, however have delicious King Cake flavored coffee. Fact: Until I was in 5th grade I thought Mardi Gras was a national holiday. It is SUCH a big deal to us, we even got a week off school, I just thought everyone else celebrated, too. Why not?


QOTD: What is a confession you want to make this month?

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Expo 2014

I had high hopes for this year’s expo after a bit of a mess in 2013. Last year, the expo was held at Coronado Springs Resort, and I don’t think anyone anticipated that it wasn’t enough space. This year however, things went very smoothly, good job runDisney!

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We arrived after lunch, so the expo had already been open about four hours. I think the first “wave” of people had left, because I did not find it that crowded.

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There were free yogurt cups being given out outside, the perfect snack for some shopping stamina!

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We walked the royal red carpet up to the expo doors, and were ready to shop!

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Our plan was to go to the official merchandise first since it sold out so quickly last year. Then we would go get our packets, the shop the expo floor.

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I was happy to see most things were still ins tock, the only thing I did not get that I wanted was a glass slipper sweaty band. Oh well, at least I got my I Did it shirt!

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Across the way we went to get our bibs. We all got in the 5k line, then I had to go downstairs to get my Glass Slipper bib and shirts. That’s when I realized I didn’t have a coast to coast band. I had emailed runDisney to tell them I did NOT want coast to coast at Tink because I wanted the pink one at Princess (they had sent out an email to everyone doing both and asked us to respond with our preference.) Obviously, my email was not received or got lost, because there was no record of my name.

I went to runner relations, and the guy working tried to tell me I would need to go visit the info booth the morning of the half marathon. I didn’t like being passed off to someone else, and didn’t want to worry for the next three days if they were going to give me my wristband or not the morning of the race, nor did I want to be stressed about it at 4:00 in the morning on race day. I asked the guy if there was really nothing he could do, even showing a picture from my phone of me posing with my ONE medal after Tinkerbell, and he reluctantly agreed to give me the wristband. Whew.

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About this time, Bobby was in line for us to get our picture from runDisney for following them on Instagram. I think it came out cute, they always do a good job with the backdrops!

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We headed BACK to the expo floor, and I saw these guys.

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We got our 5k shirts and my mom’s 10k shirt, and then I made my rounds saying hi to friends working at booths, chatting with other runners and readers, and just having a great time! Jen texted me and said she saw someone post these pins on Instagram, so I headed over to the runDisney booth to get my own! LOVE this idea!

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Soon we had to leave to go get ready for dinner, but I could have stayed much longer!

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I couldn’t pass up a picture with the Glass Slipper sign as we headed to the parking lot.

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Look how cute my mom and dad are! My dad would be getting his first runDisney medal the next morning.

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I loved this expo and thought runDisney did a great job of correcting the issues of last year. I still thought some of the merchandise was lacking in quality, but I feel like I’m beating a dead horse with that one. It’s selling out, right? The signage was great, the volunteers were very helpful, and aside form the coast to coast hiccup, we had no issues. Hooray! Until the next race…

QOTD: DO you like to “get in and get out” at expos or stay for awhile?

For more information on registering for a runDisney race, visit