As our year is ending (in 15 days!) I’ve been thinking my favorite moments of 2011…
March 19, 2011- Our proposal…
Tyler picked me up at about 6:30am Saturday morning for the Shamrock 8k race, which we ran in 53 minutes! He ran along me and encouraged me the whole race, and practically carried me across the finish line. We then got all cleaned up and he took me to Fort Story to see the beautiful lighthouse on the beach. It was a breath-taking view with all the barges merrily floating down the coast. The water couldn’t have been bluer or the sky brighter!
After enjoying the magnificent view from the ancient lighthouse, he suggested we walk down to the beach… which of course I would have suggested had he not. Since it was a little chilly, he offered me his hoodie and we started to wander by the water.
He got kinda quiet, which is slightly unusual… and then started telling me things that he loved about me, how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and how precious I was to him. I tried to grab him in a hug and tell him the same things, but he pulled back…
so he could…
As per tradition, after big questions, I just hugged him instead of answering him. Poor guy had to ask again, at which I just laughed at him and answered “Of course!” And then I pulled that ring out the box and slid it on my finger before that boy changed his mind! We just held each other for awhile… until this older gentleman came up and asked if he could take some pictures…. which is how we have pictures of our special moment.
In early May my friend Jody came out to see me, and we tried to lay out on the beach, got coffee at Starbucks (wasn’t a huge fan of the Starbucks pictures we took, so I grabbed one of my wedding, in which we look SO much better!) and drove up to Williamsburg! It was so good to talk about our lives, relationships, start planning my wedding, and vent about our jobs! I’m so grateful for you in my life, Jody!
My Next Favorite Moment was running the “Run for the Dream” 8k in May… a rough run in Colonial Williamsburg, but we finished and enjoyed the most needed relaxing weekend ever, with my sister.
Because Tyler was medically discharged from the military and considered a ‘wounded warrior’, his registration was free, PLUS we got SPOILED to hotel rooms and Busch Garden tickets! It was an incredibly fun weekend and one of the highlights of the year for me! =)
The next highlight is obviously our wedding on August 6, 2011! It was such a beautiful day, and I could honestly go on-and-on about how blessed we felt by Tyler’s family and friends. Some of my best friends flew to Texas to hold my hand while I made the most important decision of my life… and I will forever be grateful for the love they showered on me! It was a small but intimate wedding, and we had a wonderful reception with speeches, dancing, and looooots of wine! (Saved a bottle for our six month anniversary!)(This is a picture of my amazing bridesmaids that come out for my wedding – SHOUT OUT TO ELINA FOR FLYING FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND!)
My best fall moment, I think, was our Halloween Run in October! It was a wonderful 10k (6.2m) run in 55F weather! We had the best time running averaging a 9:30 pace, and finishing at 59:35 min! I was really excited because running the race in under an hour was one of my October Goals! We didn’t dress up this year, but NEXT year we’ll dress up as something obnoxious, and will spend all fall thinking about it!
Finally, a little shout out to ME- I finished my SEMESTER! (I know it’s not a big deal, because I only did one class) but I’m REALLY excited! No more papers, classes, tests, and posts until Jan 3rd! YES!
I know Christmas is going to be AMAZING and I’ll obviously add some days and moments to my favorite days in review, but this was a pretty incredible year!
What are some of your favorite moments/days of the past year?
Two weekends ago (on Halloween weekend) my husband and I ran in the Wicked race. It’s a 10k race (6.2 miles) where everyone is supposed to dress up and run along the boardwalk. It was supposed to rain and be the nastiest day in the world, and the night before Tyler and I even talked about not going. But there was going to be Blue Moon beer served at the end, and we all know Tyler will run for beer . So we drove the 3 miles from our house to the convention center, and stood in our corral. We were in Corral 3 which means that we aren’t AMAZING runners, but we don’t really suck either! It was still freezing out, so I crouched down so the wind couldn’t get me… Or I held onto Tyler for dear life to keep me warm!
We finally started running and I was so distracted by the costumes that I forgot how cold it was, how much I hate running in general, and that I’d much rather be snuggled up next to Tyler in bed on a blistery cold morning.
In fact, I didn’t ever stop my stride until mile 4 when I had to pull my hair into a pony-tail again because the wind ripped it out! I was doing so well, Tyler didn’t even leave my side until mile 4!
That’s when he hit a really great song and took off in front of me But I kept up my pace and ran down the boardwalk with freezing cold and didn’t even break my stride! In fact, I only came in about 35 seconds after Tyler
When I got my results on my phone later that day, I was so stoked: I placed 152 out of 833 for my age group “Female 25-29″. I discounted it by saying that all the girls in my age group were probably walkers… but I’m still pretty proud of us! I finished the race in under an hour which was one of my October goals!
After the race was over, we headed over to the food (which was chili served in a bun) AMAZZZZING and then over to the beer tent. Which is precisely when the forecast-ed rain storm hit! We were warmly sipping Blue Moon while the slow walkers were drenched by the monsoon. =( Sorry guys!
We seriously looked like little Wicked 10k advertisements walking back to our car dressed like this: Our technical shirts, runner bibs, metal and running caps! I’m extremely proud of us, and we are well on our way to running the 1/2 marathon in March!