Sunday, November 18, 2012

The anniversary of my worst race ever...

Every November 18th I remember something special that happened.... 

I was a senior in college and only one thing stood between me and Thanksgiving break- the National Cross Country Championship in Pomona, California.  I had high hopes for my last cross country race.  I wanted to go out on a high note before track season in the spring.  However, I was not as focused and felt a little burned out at this point in the season.  I was ready for a break and my heart just wasn't in it.  The only thing I remember about this race was that I felt terrible and ran the worst race EVER.  Seriously.  Hands down the worst race I've ever run in my life. 

I've never seriously considered dropping out from a race but I did that day.  My parents were there and it happened to be the first race my boyfriend had ever seen me run.  (He lived in California and I was in school in Arkansas.)  I couldn't let them down so I kept running even though I felt like death. 


When the race was over I did not care about my finish time.  I only cared that it was over.  It's actually taken me 12 years (I ran this race in 2000) to look up my time and place.  I was curious so I decided to google it. It's amazing what you can find online!  It turns out I came  in 140th place out of 177.  My time was 25:29 for the 6K race (6:50 pace for 3.7 miles).  Yeah, I was having a bad {for me} running day.  At the time I was just so relieved to be done. 

So why do I remember this anniversary? Shortly after this race, on November 18, 2000 my boyfriend asked me to marry him.  I was a mess and completely caught off guard but of course I said YES and never looked back!

Taken minutes after he proposed- I'm wearing my new engagement ring!!
It's been an incredible journey and I'm so thankful for this man.  I love you John!

16 comments:

  1. What a fun memory. I'm curious, how did the two of you meet to begin with?

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    1. My family moved to CA at the beginning of the summer after my junior year of college. I met John right away (my dad was the new minister at church John went to) and we had an immediate connection. We were married the following summer. :-)

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  2. You both look so young.

    It's nice that a horrible day turned out to be one of the best.

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  3. I love thinking about the "good old days"! Sweet pictures of you too!

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  4. awww! Some guys only take their girlfriends out for frozen yogurt, to console them after a rotten race.
    He planned that well! ;)

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  5. I love this story! It's fun to relive those old memories... :)

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  6. Aw! This is not the post I was expecting!! :) What a great story. So he has really understood just how much running means to you, from the beginning. What a perfect guy for you!
    Happy anniversary :)

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