• Daddy Scratches

    The kids are adorable. Congrats on running. Sorry about that awful, mean Rihanna.

    I would type a better comment, but I just wet myself from laughing at the picture of Chuck. Must change.

  • Anu

    Hell yeah!! No post on Halloween is complete without Chuck. Awesome!

  • BuenoBabyGirl

    Love.

  • laurenr

    King size bars. Yesssss.

  • ScooterMarie

    Oh my god, those costumes are AWESOME!! Chuck included.

  • harugirlie

    LOVE IT! Especially Chuck!

  • EJoyner105

    If I lived near you…and I live nowhere remotely close to Utah…I would have totally trick-or-treated at your house last night. You give out excellent candy.

  • Trish Wise

    I would totally take a cab with Chuck, anywhere, anytime. Heck, you could throw in the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto too. What a great family!! Love you guys!

  • jenonearth

    You never know, Rhianna seems pretty nice on twitter. I find that song fairly inspiring as well there is something that goes straight to the gut about it.

    The kids look adorable and Chuck is the master.

  • slappyintheface

    I am so dressing up my daughters’ gerbils for Halloween next year!

  • erin

    Leta, Marlo, and Coco are adorable. Chuck just made my entire day.

  • kristanhoffman

    HO. LEE. SHIT. I haven’t even read the post yet, b/c I had to comment on the AMAZING CUTE AWESOME HAPPINESS that is those costumes. Leta, Marlo and Coco FTW!

  • Sarah McDougall

    Hello?!? What about, “It’s T-Shirt Time!” Oh how I love Chuck.

  • pehuff

    The girls are adorable and that’s hands-down the best dog costume ever. EVAH

  • tokenblogger

    Okay, how is it that the dress is too big, but the ruby slippers are too small?

    AND! I remembered my password on the first try!

  • Kelly_09

    Awesome costumes on everybody! I’d have no problem getting in a cab with chuck

  • UpperBottom

    ok i have to ask, what is wrong with leta’s shoes/slippers? did she actually wear those out? they look like socks that are 3 sizes too small.

  • mybottlesup

    lady, this post really REALLY made me smile for you.

  • green eggs and spam

    That doesn’t look like a slipper or sock( ^ ) to me…

    Sorry Heather very inappropriate of me to say. Just took me a minute to be like “oh, ruby slippers got it”

  • lori.ann.mcvay

    OK. I love that song – mostly because the video was filmed just up the street from where my hubby and I lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland for 2 years!

  • The Prima Momma

    Yes! Yes! A thousand times YES! You have once again made my day. Chuck can even make the Jersey Shore palatable.

  • edenland

    God how I adore Bobo’s tooth.

  • MelissaJ

    oh this is what i have been waiting for; just don’t be upset i wasn’t waiting to see Chuck. Those two girls are the cutest! Leta is amazing as Dorothy and the cowardly lion, well i would take her home with me (and then return her i am sure in no time).

    TRICK OR TREAT

    good luck on your marathon this weekend.

  • ladylozreena

    Is Leta wearing one shoe back to front!?!?

  • Laura Jones

    Thank-you

  • beritron

    A 10-min mile is totally respectable. I’ve been running for most of my life and figured out early on that I best enjoy it when I don’t expect too much from myself. (Which I can continue to do in other parts of my life.) I push myself when my mind or body asks for it, otherwise? It’s always invigorating & mind-clearing to simply get my blood pumping. Sometimes I finish races at the 8-min-mile pace, other times at 10, depending on how/if I trained and how I’m feeling. I’m OK with both. Figure out how *you* (& your body) can enjoy it, right now. Every body, year, run is different.

  • Pandora Has A Box

    Love it! Love the whole thing. Too much love to be witty. Sorry.

  • dianemaggipintovoiceover

    maybe this happened to you. before falling asleep last night, i lamented my choice of hand-out candy (the 150-count of snickers, kit kats, m&ms) thinking: EVERYONE gives out the same thing. why didn’t i get chuckles or something DIFFERENT??

    thank god today’s a new day.

  • Kora

    Coldplay has already covered Rihannas song, good, but doesn’t really stimulate you to run an eight minute mile.
    http://onethirtybpm.com/media/listen-coldplay-we-found-love-rihanna-cover/

  • CO

    Duuuude! Thank you! My lord, that Marlo is a ham! Love it!

  • doocelurker

    Love the kiddos! Honestly though, I think Coco looking dejected in the basket is almost the best part. It’s the saddest Toto I’ve ever seen. She looks like you are holding something she loves hostage just off camera.

  • montana mommy

    you were running a sub 8-minute mile for your first half marathon??!! i’m impressed! and a 10-minute mile for your first marathon is as equally impressive. if you are looking for speed try some 10ks and 5ks to get going. good luck, i’ll be tracking you this weekend!

  • dragonfish

    you have made some stunningly beautiful children.
    i’m so glad leta looks happy to pose for photos for the internets. there is no doubt in my mind how very special these creatures of yours are.
    chuck blew my mind.
    have a GREAT race weekend, no matter what. be KIND to yourself, and have FUN.
    armstrong family F.T.W.!

  • poopinginpeace

    What you were talking about at the beginning of this post, is what is known to us in my circle of friends as the “Beth Dodd theory”. We’ve been saying it for years. You expect things to go badly or not the way you want and that way if it is better then what you expected “oh what a nice surprise!” It really helps to make you feel less miserable about your life. So go ahead and just figure the marathon isn’t going to happen, because then when it does, oh what a nice surprise!

  • amost

    This post made my day. My week. You’re such a great family, with such a great sense of humor!

  • kheenan.halvorson

    Not that you need more advice for this marathon but definitely picking out music with a steady tempo instead of that song playing on repeat is a good idea. My first half marathon the music i listened to was like techno and it pushed me for the first 7 miles and then all of a sudden i lost it. I slowed down and had to actually walk two miles. i hated it. After i took some time to analyze what went wrong i went into my playlist and found my issues there. Now i cant make excuses cause i trained for a while. But that half took a lout of me physically and emotionally. The songs took over as i was just concentrating on running. Either way i would definitely keep it smooth for a while then at the end of your FULL MARATHON i would kick it up just a little bit. I will be tracking you as the race goes on to see how you are doing and cheer you on. I am sending all my positive energy from wisconsin to you.

  • ladygray

    BWAHAHAHAHAHHAAA! Cannot. Handle. Chuck.

    amazeballs.

  • ochampion

    ADORABLE costumes!

    I sure hope you don’t stop writing about running! I just completed my first marathon this past weekend – the Marine Corps Marathon (ya know – the one that Oprah ran). Aaaannnnddd – I beat her time!

    I’ve been a follower of your blog for sooo long – and then when you took on the NYC marathon in the midst of my marathon training I was ecstatic and have so enjoyed following your progress. Even the bang-ups you’ve had because it reminds me that we all have bang ups and hang ups. So anyway – I hope you continue to write about your love of running.

    And you should check out this interesting article from yesterday’s WSJ about training injuries:
    http://fulloffeet.blogspot.com/2011/11/who-quits-before-race-day.html
    I feel like it speaks to all of us runners!

    Olivia

  • crikkett

    Yes, please, please pace yourself. I made the mistake in a half this summer of just going balls to the wall because I felt good. I ran a 7:40 pace until mile 10… and I just crumpled. My body couldn’t take it. I ended up walk/jogging to the finish.

    The last time I ran a full (2 years ago), I made a promise to myself to stick with a 9:00 min/mile pace, and it turned out very well, comfortable with no crash. Save the record-breaking for 5Ks and 10Ks.

    Also, about women and running, I read this yesterday and I just love the hell out of this woman. I had no idea that women faced so many hurdles in getting to compete in road races in the relatively recent past. It made me want to go out and run just because I COULD.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/sports/julia-chase-brand-a-leading-pioneer-in-womens-running.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all?src=tp

  • katiecarman

    I live right off 1st Ave on 72nd Street, and will be cheering you on (you’re the only person I know crazy enough to actually do the marathon!) Also happy to let you use our bathroom or facilities mid-marathon if need be!

    I’ll be holding some ridiculous sign like “Heather B. LEGstrong!”

    …Ok, I promise to come up with a better sign!

  • PlanetA

    Honey, you should stop apologizing for writing about your running journey! You’re working hard and for a good cause. I’m inspired by and proud of you! and an 8 minute mile?!!! Impressive.

  • Lesparker

    Laughing so hard…Chuck’s expression in the second-to-last picture is priceless. Thanks for posting

  • Palola

    Your kids are beyond adorable. That last pic of Marlo going for the candy is absolutely priceless! And Chuck, OMG! I can’t stop laughing. You lady are a genius!

  • kma2girls

    Oh my! They are all so cute! Chuck is like the best effing dog…EVER!