A little over 10 months ago, I had plans to run Ragnar Trail relay for Nuun with several of my girlfriends. A few days before the race I started chatting with a guy on twitter about race weather. Within a few minutes, he had added me as a friend on Facebook and Instagram.
Funny enough, I knew exactly who Rich was. We actually are both Team in Training alums and in Atlanta and you get to “know” people through Facebook, even when you really don’t know them (tagged in mutual friends pictures aka stalking). I had also asked my girlfriend Kelsey about a year prior to all of this who he was and what was his deal (he was dating someone, so I left it at that).
So, I was pretty excited when we both said we would look for each other at Ragnar (he was running with some Team in Training friends). I filled the girls on my team in on my interest and we were on the lookout. He walked up to the Nuun tent in MANDALS. Legit, had on socks with Adidas flip flops but I was able to overlook it (it was a trail race afterall). Jesica kind of knew who he was from her triathlon team (they were both on Team Podium) and they snapped a pic. We saw him a few times again throughout the weekend and that was that. Several days later, he messaged me on Facebook asking when we were going to go on a run together. Was this a RUNDATE!?!?! I fired off a few texts to my girlfriends in excitement and couldn’t believe I agreed to get up and meet him at 5:30 (I was not a morning runner at the time). I was super pissed when a cold front came through and I had to bundle up and not wear something cute, but he didn’t seem to care. We chatted the entire run and around mile 8 of our 11 mile goal he filled me in that he was only supposed to run 2o minutes.I felt like I learned so much about him and that we had so much in common. We went running again at a group run for Boston and then a few days later for what I call our official first date, since we grabbed coffee after.Kim and Corey both got to hear so much about the beginnings of the relationship and what we were or weren’t, and the dates and the texts and all of the things you go through in the first phases of getting to know someone. I swear, I spent the race weekend in Kansas and then in Wisconsin/Chicago trying to figure him out. A few dates and weeks later, we went to dinner and we made it official: no more seeing other people, it was just going to be us.
Fast forward through some pretty amazing months of travel, racing, family, fun, etc. I’ve known for a while I would spend the rest of my life with this man….I just didn’t know when it would happen. Anyone who knows me and has seen us together would tell you how well we compliment each other, how funny he is, how kind hearted he is, and how much he cares about me. I spent most of last week out of town for work in Birmingham and had plans to come home on Friday. Rich always asks me to let him know when I’m leaving and plan to be home so I told him lunch time-ish depending on how long I was at my last call. When I made it home and walked in the door, I found this.To be honest, flowers and what I call “a happy” is not out of the norm for Rich. So, I snapped a pic to send to him at work and say thanks. As I looked closer, the package had instructions. I opened the gift and found…Followed by instructions to open the gift on the bed. I went to the bedroom and found the sweetest card and these.I started to wonder if this was really happening. “H’s” are a no-no until it’s official. So, I went to the third clue, the mailbox. Inside the mailbox, I found this…BUT, no Rich.
I heard the door open and when I turned around he was on one knee proposing. I was in absolute shock and tears and smiles and all the emotions. I spent the next few hours on the phone with loved ones and sipping on celebratory champagne. Rich had originally told me we had dinner plans to grab sushi and I tried to get out of it to have a lazy night but figured we should go out and celebrate. To my surprise, not only had he planned the sweetest proposal, he planned a post-proposal/engagement party with some of my closest friends. It was a perfect way to end the day with loved ones. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent the weekend on cloud nine, constantly looking down at my hand in shock, and trying to sort through some wedding planning.For all the bling that hangs on my walls that I love, this new piece is definitely my favorite. Who would’ve thought that the random guy from a trail race would end up being my love, my partner, my rock, and my FIANCE!!! I can’t wait to marry this man.
A special thanks to Nuun Hydration for giving me that Ragnar team last year, to Ragnar, to Team in Training, and social media. Had it not been for those three things, we never would’ve met. (If you made it this far, thank you for putting up with my mushy post and don’t worry- this blog WILL NOT become an ode to my wedding planning)
If you are in a relationship, how did you meet your significant other? If you are married- did you have a big or small wedding? Love or hate the planning?