A Runner No More

by HEAB on November 26, 2009

This morning I am thankful for my friend Cherie who picks me up in her warm car every year early Thanksgiving morning on her way to The Bolt.


The Boulevard Bolt, a Nashville Thanksgiving day tradition, is a 5 mile race that I have run 7 years in a row…until this year. This year, I swallowed my pride and walked most of it. Instead of beating myself up and trying to run the entire course, I turned it into a sprint workout, and I had the best time. I ran as fast as I could for one minute and then walked for five. I repeated this throughout the entire race and then ran the last half mile finishing in 1:01:25. Definitely my slowest Bolt time ever, but I’m A-okay with that.

Afterwards, I am came home and swallowed a big bowl jar of oat bran, my first in almost three weeks.


As you know, I’ve been eating fewer grains and more protein, but this morning I was thankful for a warm filling breakfast straight from the sunflower seed butter jar.

I’m also thankful that the rest of the day will be spent with family and friends…perhaps some football and a nap later, maybe a movie…if I can drag CD away from said football. 🙂

Wishing all of you a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving.

Much Love,

Heather/HEAB/Heabie 🙂


Marcia November 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I think your race sounds GREAT! I mean really, that’s a good time to finish in. If you don’t run regularly, then sure, you shouldn’t try and run 5 miles for the fun of it. Okay, people do, but I wouldn’t. But a sprint workout sounds fine.

My boss runs marathons and he said a good way to get through them is to run 5 miles, walk 2 min, so you get a regular “break” and you are only running approx. 5 short runs. So I tried that today. Of course, I only ran 10 miles, but I really did enjoy the break.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

“I only ran 10 miles”…That’s 10 more miles than most people will ever run in their lives. Good job Marcia! 🙂

Erin November 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving Heaber!! 🙂

hotflashbang November 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Happy Thanksgiving HEAB!

polly November 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Happy Thanksgiving my sweet PEACH! What a fun morning and YUMMY jar of love. Enjoy this weekend and you are for SURE on my list of thankful fors…. 🙂

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Love you too Polly!!!!!

Christopher Ian Hill November 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

…oh and I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful that I stummbled on your webpage and we became networking friends! 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Chris. Glad you found me too. 🙂

Christopher Ian Hill November 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm


I am glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving friend! I need to get back to walking myself!

Have a good one!

~Chris 🙂

Runeatrepeat November 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Great job on your race 🙂 It’s hard for me to remember to “run my own race” and not worry about keeping up with the people around me – but you did it!

Tina November 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I wish you a sweet, nutty, wonderful Thanksgiving, Heather!

I’m thankful for knowing your blog and your wonderful personality 😀

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Aww, thanks Tina! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Jenny R. November 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Happy thanksgiving Heather! I had an organic turkey burger for dins in honour of you Americans 😉 Enjoy your holiday xx

jacobc November 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Lol.. i’m sure you got some funny looks doing your speedwork during the race ;-p
Did CD race? I hear snellen won it again.
Happy thanksgiving!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Jacobc, Happy Thanksgiving!!! Nope, CD did a track workout today. He’s saving his racing legs for Memphis. 🙂

missyrayn November 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I’m glad you still got to enjoy your race even if you didn’t run this year. Its about enjoying the experience. Besides the first turkey Trot I ran 2 years ago was a 5 miler and that’s how long it took me to finish with running almost the entire thing. You must have been booking it 🙂

Maggiefamily reads you. November 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Happy thanksgiving heabie! You actuallly came up at dinner… my whole family reads your blog.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Maggie, Really? That’s hilarious. I’m honored. 🙂

Carbzilla November 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Way to go HEAB! I love how you mixed up the Bolt and made it your own!

I think we’re going to try to see Fantastic Mr. Fox this weekend, but otherwise it’s just cooking, cleaning, and Christmas prep for us.

Sounds like you’re already off to a great start to a fantastic day! Big hugs!

Chrysta November 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Good job on the run!

livingfreeforever November 26, 2009 at 2:59 pm


Glad you enjoyed this mornings walk/sprint. I have been walking my new little Samson every day and have REALLY enjoyed it!!

Jess November 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Way to go girl for not running that race. Seems like you really enjoyed it!!

Great post-workout meal 😀

<3 jess

shelby November 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Almost 3 weeks?! I die! Well…actually I’m about to do the same for the month of december. It’s going to be a big challenge but I’m so ready for it.

I’m really happy to see that you didn’t pressure yourself into running. You did a fabulous job Heather!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Eat lots of delicious foods!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I’m honored to call you a friend and thankful that we met. I can’t wait til December because it brings all sorts of great things like Christmas and meetups! 🙂

Sounds like you had a kickarse sprint workout- we all know that’s better than steady state anyway! 😉

Enjoy your day and hugs to CD and Katie’s future hubby.


Ameena November 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!! Congratulations on your accomplishment this morning, running or walking, it doesn’t matter because its more than most people can/will do!!

plamarie November 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Happy Thanksgiving HEAB! I bet that oat bran was way rewarding.

claire chiancone November 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Yay! For an awesome workout:-) Happy Thanksgiving!!cc

candice November 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Heather! What a great way to start the day. 😉 I’m glad you had fun… and ate straight from the sunflower seed butter jar <3

Cherie November 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hey, I made it on the blog!! I’m honored. Love my Blvd Bolt tradition with you! Always fun. Happy Turkey Day!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) November 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Heather! Glad you enjoyed your walk/run and oat bran 🙂

Suzie November 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Heather , Happy Thanksgiving.
Also, how do so many people manage to respond to you during the day? The ones from Canada even today? Do people work during the day anymore?

I go through nut butter every 2.5 days, nuts and seeds last bulk about a week, oils I buy in bulk (oil-cupboard), and I am terrifically an eater of all grains, beans, all carby foods possible really. I still eat the other proteins of course but my grains-beans-nuts-seeds-oils are ridiculously overwhelming.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Suzie, Not sure. I think a lot of people sneak in blog reading at work. 😉

gina (fitnessista) November 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

congrats on doing what was best for you <3
have a very happy thanksgiving, my dear heaby 😀

glowingstrong November 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I always read your blog for your personality and your inspiration with exercise. I respect your approach. Thank you for commenting on my blog and try to not be a stranger. I also enjoy your food for the grains and nut butters that you do show. The similarities end there, but its your personality that continues to inspire me to read daily.
Happy Thanksgiving.

CaSaundra November 26, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Hope you and CD have a wonderful and yummy Thankgiving!!

eatmovelove November 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Ahhh I want your holiday :(…not T-Day here in the North unfortunately. Must roast a turkey though and some stuffing 🙂 Oh and agree with the nut butters on your previous post – I can’t believe you got flak about that…uh, I’d be in serious trouble then because I have 3-4 jars open…and I eat other sources of fat in my daysas well (cheese, nuts itself, oils)…uh, and with bread and grains…so yeah they can pick on me!

Oh and thanks for suggesting the NuNaturals contact for samples – I did get a few. Not bad. 😉

Brooke November 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Heather! Congrats on your workout this morning. I’m proud of myself as well. I took the pups on a brisk 35 minute walk. It felt great! Enjoy today with your friends and family.

Devan Geselle November 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

HEATHERR! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

Happy TG, Heather!!! I am proud to call you a friend. A yogi friend, a power walking friend, and a run-if-you-feel-like-it-but-dont-stress friend 🙂 I am grateful for friends like you and special people I’ve met in the b’sphere. I wish you an awesome day with your family! Before Skylar, Scott and I always used to do turkey trots together but the thing bout races is that they’re at the crack of dawn..not really “Family Friendly” with young kid in tow. So I just had a lovely a.m. at-home yoga practice. Namaste, and enjoy your holiday!

Gina G November 26, 2009 at 11:44 am

same to you Heather! =)

Mama Pea November 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

I had a perfect jar of oatbran and almond butter this morning and thought of you. I am thankful for your friendship and love and non-subtle hints at getting my hubs to buy me a Vita Mix. Happy Thanksgiving, HEAB!

VeggieGirl November 26, 2009 at 11:27 am


merittothecarrot November 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

Good job on the Bolt! Have an incredible Thanksgiving!

Chocolate-Covered Katie November 26, 2009 at 11:10 am

Happy Thanksgiving, HEAB!!

Jessica November 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

Happy Thanksgiving, Heather! 🙂

Evan Thomas November 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

Happy Thanksgiving! I had one good week when I emptied out 3 jars and since then it’s been such a disappointing dry spell. At least I’ve had yogurt in jam jars to keep my company.

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