3 Reasons Why I Hate The Heat

the Miami Heat that is.

I don’t really hate the heat. I live in the heat. I’m used the heat. But when that H goes capital, it’s a whole nuther story.

You guys know I’m a big basketball fan. I’ve been watching and playing for as long as I can remember. Really. I think I was running and bouncing a basketball from the womb. It was awesome having my brother love basketball as much as I did when we were young. He’d always be down for playing one-on-one or just shoot free throws all day. He’s lost interest as he got older, but I think my interest only intensified.

I was excited to find out my blogger buddy Piratebobcat was a Heat hater too so we decide to team up and write a blog post on why Miami makes our blood boil. Check out his page for more Miami Hate.

Here are my three reasons (you’re welcome I spared you a top ten 🙂 )

1. They’re really not as good as they think they are. If you don’t follow the NBA, there are two conferences that separate teams–the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference. The East is known to have teams waaaay subpar compared to teams in the West. This particular season is a great example. The #1 team in the East finished with a 56-20 record while the #1 team in the West finished with a 62-20 record. The #3 team in the West finished with a record very close to that of the first in the East. The third place team! Where were the Heat in the standings? Second in the East with a 54-28 record–They would have tied for FOURTH place in the Western Conference.

So while they boast a winning record and a second place finish in their conference, their competition to get to the top isn’t very challenging. Do I think they can get second or first place in the Western Conference? No. Not at all.

My Phoenix Suns who finished 9th in the West, one away from making the playoffs, would have finished in a 3 way tie for third place in the East.

And to those who argue, “Well, they’ll play the best team in the West in the Finals. So if they beat them, then they really are the best.” To that I say, the Heat didn’t have to go through as tough of a playoffs as the teams in the West.

2. Too many I’s in TEAM. I get it. The NBA is a business and people are there to make money but there’s something about the concept of a “team” that I always felt lacked with Miami–even pre-Lebron James. When you see them play, there’s always a disconnection, like not everyone is on the same page. And when they win, you never feel like it’s a collective effort. Or even a collective celebration.

Part of what I love about basketball is how close the players are and when they win, to know that they did it together. When Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the MVP this year, one of the things that I loved about his speech was how much he thanked his teammates. He went through every single one and thanked them. It was amazing.

You could make a drinking game out of how many times you hear “I” come out of a Miami Heat player during a press conference.

(I should really try this^)

3. The Decision heard ’round the world. I saw the broadcast of LeBron James’ decision back in 2010 and I hated everything about it. I had been a fan of his up until then–my family lives in Ohio how could I not. I was excited for this new guy to shake things up in the NBA and liked how much fun he had playing with Cleveland. But I didn’t expect this.

Who holds an hour long show to announce what team you’re going to?? Not only that, the way he announced it (after endless commentary filler) was the most self-centered display by an athlete I’d ever seen.

“I’m taking my talents to South Beach.”

Who. Says. That?

I remember watching this with my husband uttering those exact words.

Had he decided to go to Miami without the spotlight performance of The Decision, I might not have cared as much. But it was this show, and the Welcome to Miami party that followed it, that made me so angry. His arrogance of knowing people cared about where he went enough to do something like that completely turned me off and I’ve never been a fan of his since.

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It’s difficult for me to stop at three but I don’t want to make this post any longer than it needs to be–especially since it’s non running related lol! Thanks for letting me vent. The Finals is now 2-1 in favor of the Spurs and the next couple of games will definitely be good ones to watch! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

–Are you a Miami fan?

–Do you watch basketball?

–What other sports do you enjoy besides running?

My No Running Weekend

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I was under the weather and for the longest time since I can’t even remember, I didn’t run at all on Saturday or the entire weekend. I’m feeling a lot better now but it was nice to have a chill weekend with friends and family. Sometimes we need those 🙂

  • Friday is typically my rest day so no running.
    I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a part of an online Healthy Moms group that is a spin off from a moms group started during my first pregnancy (2+ years ago!). I’ve gotten to know quite a few women in the group–hi Salt!–and have been able meet quite a few in person. I got to add to that list by meeting a mom visiting Arizona.

    Me and Julia

    Me and Julia

    Julia is from Las Vegas and is also a runner. A pretty speedy one too. She just recently started a running blog called Vegas Mother Runner–check her out!

  • Saturday was spent shopping. I don’t think a weekend ever goes by without me doing some sort of shopping. Honestly, any kind of shopping makes me happy. I could go to Home Depot and have fun spending money there. But, I mostly love shopping for my kids. My daughter got some new bedroom slippers 🙂

    We <3 owls.

    We ❤ owls.

  • Sunday was filled with house cleaning and organizing. We finally put up our medals–yay!
    Our Brag Wall :)

    Our Brag Wall 🙂

    Sunday evening was spent eating pizza (with no soda!) and watching the Spurs vs. Heat game. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’m a huuuge basketball fan. I have a lot to say about this Finals that I plan on going into detail soon. (Spurs lost by the way 😦 )

    Overall, a pretty relaxed weekend. I feel really rested and looking forward to getting a run in tomorrow and prepare for my first night trail race on Saturday!

–How was your weekend? Did you run/race?

–Are you a shopper?

–Where do you hang your medals?

Holiday Traditions–Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)

A non-running related post today friends

I was chatting with my friend Amy the other day and we were discussing holiday traditions we are trying to continue with our families. I mentioned how when I was little, my grandma would make “cascarones” for our Easter egg hunts. What are “cascarones”? They are hollow eggs filled with confetti. Amy was intrigued and suggested I blog about it and share how to make these confetti eggs with my readers.

As a child, I loved cracking and smashing the eggs when I found them and I always tried to find these eggs rather than the regular, boring, hard-boiled ones. I’m not the most creative person out there, but I knew I wanted to carry out this tradition with my own kids and knew that they’d love them as much as I do did 🙂

This is also a really inexpensive project–a great plus!

Step One:

Tap the top of an egg to create a penny-sized hole. Drain the egg and rinse the inside with water. Let dry.


I typically start saving eggs about two weeks before I’ll need them. So every time I make pancakes, scrambled eggs, or any recipe that requires an egg I make sure to drain it this way so I can start collecting them. I then store them in an old egg carton until I have my desired amount.

Step Two

Once you have enough eggs and you’re ready to start turning them into confetti eggs, take out the necessary supplies.

1. Eggs
2. Confetti (I used a three-hole puncher and newspaper ads)
3. Glue
4. Tissue paper (I reused saved tissue paper from past gifts)
5. Scissors


Step Three:

Decorate the eggs as you like. You can still dye them like you’d normally do to a hardboiled egg. For this post, I just wrote a little something on it 🙂

Step Four:

Fill the egg with a small amount of confetti (or however much you want).

Step Five:

Cut the tissue paper into squares large/small enough to cover the egg’s hole. Spread glue around the edge of the hole and place the square on top, pressing so that it sticks.



Place finished confetti egg in carton to dry and voila! Repeat the steps with each egg until you’re done with all of them. Simple right? And trust me, “cascarones” are definitely kid approved 🙂

My daughter's first confetti egg experience

You can throw them, crack them on someone’s head, or stomp them. Guess which one my daughter chose?

You can throw them or stomp them. Guess which one my daughter chose?

She’s a stomper!

Hope you liked the project! If you don’t celebrate Easter, there are many other festive holidays where you can have fun with confetti eggs 🙂

–What are some holiday traditions you remember as a child?
–Do you carry on any traditions now as an adult?
–Have you heard of/seen “cascarones” before?