Tuesday, December 25, 2012




Part of why I've disappeared a little bit from blog land is that I have been spending a lot of time with Adam for a while now.  It's sort of a long story and one that I feel I'd rather not divulge every tiny detail of on the internet.

Adam and I met in 2003 and have been friends for a long time, but through a series of events we ended up reconnecting a bit this summer.  Over the past 6 months or so, we fell in love and realized we wanted to spend our lives together.  We'd been talking about it, but I wasn't expecting to get engaged until spring.

We had planned a weekend trip to NYC months ago - both to see a Dave Matthews Band concert and to explore the city at Christmastime.  (I'll save the trip recap for another post.)

On our last night, I really wanted to get a picture in Rockefeller Center in front of the big tree.  They had someone set up to take them and you could buy them, and I insisted that we stand in line to take one so that we'd have a really good picture with the tree.

After posing for a photo or two, Adam started talking and next thing I knew he was down on one knee.  I was SO surprised!

It took me a little bit to compose myself, but once I did I said yes and he put my beautiful ring on my finger.  I was shaking with adrenaline and couldn't stop smiling and kissing him.

Needless to say, this has been the best Christmas of my life. :)

I hope you've all had a very, merry Christmas.  If anyone has any great advice on resources about wedding planning (like one solid book to use as a guide, or something like that), I'd LOVE to hear about it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Race Report: 12S Winter Warmup 12K 12.1.12

My last race for the year happened about 5 minutes from my home and along some familiar stomping grounds.  The 12S neighborhood (in the 12th Avenue South area) is one of my favorite places to both run and hang out (as there are many awesome restaurants along 12S).

I'm part of the 12S Runners, and I try to make it to the group runs as often as I can.  So it was an easy decision to run in the first ever 12S Winter Warmup 12K.  I knew I'd still be tired from the marathon and my lack of training, but I also knew the area (and its hills) well and that it'd be a fun event.

I wasn't disappointed.  The weather was gorgeous (mostly because we've been having 60 and 70 degree days).  I saw tons of people I know from the Nashville running community.  And even though I ran sort of slow, it was an automatic PR since it was my first 12K.

The course was definitely a hilly beast... and since there was also a 6K and the 12K consisted of the 6K course twice, I got to do all the hills twice.  I didn't mind though... I kept an easy pace and just enjoyed waving at friends and running along.  I didn't even run with music.

I finished in 1:10:41, a time that I was pleased with all things considered.  I had fun, and that was all that mattered.

I haven't thought much about my 2013 racing just yet, but I know I'm done for 2012.  It's definitely been a pretty laid back year in terms of running with all my races being just for fun or to do something new... but I had a blast, and I'm glad I didn't really have a goal race when it's all said and done.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Race Report: Boro Dash 4-Miler 11.22.12

As is tradition (or at least as it has been for 6 years), I ran a Thanksgiving morning race.

For the second year in a row, I went to Murfreesboro and ran the Boro Dash 4-Miler.

It had only been 4 days since the Flying Monkey Marathon, so I was totally running for fun.  My goal was to take it easy and enjoy the day... and the gorgeous, warm weather!

I did exactly that and finished in 37:00 flat.  Sure, it's nothing to brag about, but I had fun and enjoyed the morning.  I always see a lot of people I know when I run in the Boro, and this time was no exception - including two of my Ragnar teammates!

I went on to spend the day with loved ones and ate lots of yummy food!