why I love you…


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” -Martin Luther King

I married the man of my dreams about two and a half months ago, and I tell him every day how happy I am that he found me! Every morning I wake up snuggled up to him, I get to hear all of his exciting stories, great ideas, and plans for the future…. and I plan on doing that for the next 70 years. I couldn’t have been given a more precious man, and I’m grateful for every day we have together!

 It was Tyler’s birthday this weekend and we had the most amazing weekend of our life 🙂 When I asked him what he wanted to do… like drive up to DC and wander around, go camping or hiking, he responded, “I want to go ‘antiquing’ (verb: to shop for or collect antiques). So we drove up to the Williamsburg Antique Mall and wandered around for over two hours… which was so much fun! Seeing his face light up and excitment about wandering around this stuff for hours amazed me. If I would have known he loved ‘antiquing’ so much, we would have done it before!
After we were both starving, we got his favorite birthday meal (chicken fried steak. don’t even ask), and spent the early-evening in Williamsburg. FINALLY we went home and decorated and at his amazing PINK cake!

Happy Birthday dear. I love you SO much.  


5 weeks in…


About five weeks ago I decided that I’d had enough of the sugar, cake, cookies I’d allowed myself to eat over our wedding/honey-moon and was going to focus on getting healthier. I also printed out Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program, spread it out over the course of six months instead of three, and have been running according to that.

I honestly don’t know how people can do the Half Marathon Training Plan in three months, I’m finding it exhausting doing it in six! This week I’ve actually replaced several of my Spin (bike) workouts with runs… which I probably shouldn’t do… but working out in a nasty hot gym just wasn’t appealing to me this week. Not when the weather has been this glorious!

Tyler joined me for a three mile run this morning, which I am proud to announce that I did in 27:30min… I was so excited- and ofcourse Tyler was the always and ever proud of me! You might think I’m a little crazy, but I found a little Lulu running group here and we’re gunna try it out tonight; which will be another 3 mile run. I’m reeeeeally excited to break through this mental ceiling… I’ve never run this far twice in one day! We’ll see how this group works out; I really want a local crew to help motivate me. I enjoy running alone, but sometimes I think it would be fun to run with a group. We’ll see how it works out!
Anyways, it’s been five weeks since I started training, and I’m feeling amazing. My knees are feeling great, my endurance is getting so much better, and I’m actually excited to do my weekend run of five miles!

If you’re considering starting a training plan, don’t hesitate to jump into it. I’ve seriously never felt better and happier (which part of that might have to do with being a newly-wed 😉 haha!

Do I Like Myself?


As I’m writing this, I’m incredibly bored at work. I work in an Admissions office requesting transcripts and there are days when I can hardly cope with the boredom of my job. I love my co-workers, (most of them hahahah) love drinking coffee at my very decorated desk,

managing the 3 GA’s that come in and work with me, all the detailed stuff I have to handle as part of my job… but today, I’m just bored. I can’t even pretend to make up work, because I’ve already done that all week. It’s tuesday, 3:30 pm, and I’m ansty to get off for the night!

I’ve already got my run in for today (3m at 7am) and only that late because it was dark until then. Tonight is biggest loser night, and I know we’ll both be glued to the TV watching the coaches kick the contestants butts! It’s so inspiring to watch people who couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs train for a marathan and sometimes losing up to 100 lbs in the process… it makes me realize that I CAN DO THAT TOO! I’m not allowed to think I can’t train for a half marathon, because if THEY CAN, I CAN! It’s going to take the same amount of dedication and work, and even more discipline because I don’t have a team cheering me on, a coach kicking my butt, and the nation watching… but I know I can do it. What do you find motivating? What inspires you to reach your goals?

I love Lulu’s little quote that I found… and I realized that I based on my outlook on life, I should probably like myself a little more. Actually, I always think I need to do better, perform better (in running and everything else) and the people around me are proud of me for who I am… not what I do. I need to let things roll off my shoulder a little more and let other people take the slack for things I can’t do or control.

So. I decided to make a list of things I like about myself:

1. I love to laugh. A lot. And tickle and cuddle and make jokes and make other people laugh.

2. I like to work hard, whether it’s at work, on my school, cleaning my house… baking… I throw all my energy into whatever I do, and get ‘er done quick!

3. Generally a very optamistic person… I tend to see the good in situations and inspire others to have a better outlook on life.

4. I think I’m an inspiring person. I love seeing the good in people and helping them go further and do more with the gifts I see in them. I love to encourage people when they are down.

What are some things that you love about yourself? What are things that inspire you?

Neptunes Race


I’m trying really hard to be positive, and tell myself “at least you finished”… but I’m really really bummed with how I did on the Neptune’s Fest 8k race. The first mile was great! I was maintaining a less than 8 minute mile, and passing all of the Regent people in the race. At about 1.5 mile, my calves started hurting like they’ve never hurt before. If it wasn’t for Tyler, I would have walked the entire race! I actually wanted quit the race and cry on the sidewalk. After about another mile of that, my IBS kicked up and decided that I needed a bathroom. NOW. Which is too gross to talk about on my blog. I was literally so mad at myself that I wanted to quit. Again. But, of course Tyler kept yelling at me (like a trainer, it’s the only time I let him yell at me hahah)… to keep running.

   32 Amanda Hogue-Van Hier    25 Virginia Beach   VA 53:28.51

So I did and we finished in 53 minutes… which apparently is #32 in my age group! I guess I should be proud of myself for finishing.

We are running the Wicked 10K at the end of the month, and it’s my goal to stick with my training plan and run 6 miles at least twice before that race. Otherwise I’ll never make it… and I don’t want to hold Tyler up!

I also have other goals for this month…

1. I start a class at the end of October, and I’m determined to get a 4.0 GPA on the class. I’m only taking one, so there is no reason why I can’t get a perfect mark. I’m really excited to get back to school… I only have 11 classes left before I graduate undergrad!

2. Run my Wicked Race in under an hour. That would be a HUGE feat for me to conquer, but I’m determined to try!

3. Order Christmas Cards! Tyler found me a $20 gift card for Shutterfly, so I’m going to order the cutest photo Christmas Cards you ever did see 🙂 I want to get them out around Thanksgiving so people can justify having them on their fridge for a solid 2 months! Of course I’m using a wedding photo since we both just looked so cute that day!

4. Slow down a little bit. Take my weekends to relax with a cup of tea and journal my heart out. It’s fall and I’m going to take some time to relax while everything is winding up for school and Cristmas.