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A Running Love Story

by Meghann on May 7, 2010

My cycling class this morning kicked my booty!

My favorite instructor was back and he was back with a vengeance! We chased, we jumped, we did intervals, and we spun our little hearts out! Nothin’ like a power class to give you a good sweat in the morning. 🙂

Breakfast was prepared skillfully last night.

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Overnight Oats in a Jar

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • Cacao Nibs
  • 2 hearty spoonfuls Vanilla Yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • Strawberries
  • Near empty jar of almond butter

Combine all ingredients in bear empty jar of almond butter. Place in fridge. Grab and go in the morning.

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I had added the strawberries last night and wish I wouldn’t have done it. I like my strawberries fresh and these were all mushy. Still good, but not OMG good.

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Look Mom – a real spoon!

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A couple of readers had commented on the plastic utensils I have been using for my meals at my desk. Last week I brought in some real silverware to keep at my desk and will rewash instead of using the plastic stuff from the kitchen. 🙂

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Last year I received an e-mail from a reader named Dana who had just finished her first marathon with her boyfriend. They had filmed the whole race and it was actually the video that had inspired me to film my own first marathon a month later.

A week ago I received another very exciting e-mail from Dana informing me that her boyfriend and her had ran the same marathon again this year; only this time it was special for another reason….

A Running Love Story

Two years ago, on April 26, 2008, I set out to run my second half marathon and get a sub-two hour time. I came in at 1:52 and was thrilled. After the run, my mind quickly switched to a date proposal a guy, Graham, had asked me about just a few days before. I believe his exact words were “If you aren’t too tired after your run, give me a call – we should go out.”

I believe Graham was a bit stunned when I called that day but sure enough at 7:00 that night (okay 7:30 – he perpetually runs late I later found out) we were headed out. After a night of pizza, beer, karaoke, and conversation, a match was made.

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July of that same year we headed out on our first run together. Graham had never run more than five miles. We set out for a few miles and never looked back. October we ran a half marathon together (Graham’s first) and by January we had decided to go for a full (both of our firsts!)

On April 25, 2009 we ran our first marathon. It was great, it was grueling, it was everything a marathon should be. With medals in hand, I was invigorated, but I thought that shiny piece was enough for Graham to put up his running shoes forever.

We barely ran through the rest of 2009, so you can imagine my shock when come Christmastime Graham suggested we run the same marathon again. I was excited to get my partner back and tackle marathon #2!

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We started training in January 2010 – we ran into more problems throughout training this time around:

· The weather was awful – a cold and snowy winter made long runs outside near impossible!

· Graham was having calf problems in the beginning.

· I felt defeated – a combination of the frustration at building a running base back up and not having the “newness” of the first marathon and all the new training distance PRs that come with it.

· Two weeks before the marathon, my foot got painful shooting pain during a training run and I ended up not running at all the two weeks up until the marathon.

Despite it all, on April 24, 2010, Graham and I stood at the starting line of the Kentucky Derby Marathon yet again. The race was going great and we were making great time for the first 20 miles or so. Around mile 21, Graham complained of stomach pains and we had to walk/run the last five miles. But, I knew no matter what, we were going to finish and we were going to finish together. As we ran towards the finish line, I saw my family and his ahead of us and I was so relieved that we had made it once again!

As soon as we crossed the finish line, Graham dropped down. I thought “oh no, he is really getting sick.” Then he says my name, and I glance again at him and he is on one knee! He proposed!

I think the video speaks for itself better than any words I can write about that moment (please excuse Graham’s brothers 🙂 )

Graham and Dana Marathon Proposal from Josh Keown on Vimeo.

Some things I later found out:

· Graham asked my mom’s permission to marry me back in January and told her how he wanted to do it so there was no way we were giving up on running the marathon!

· Graham ran the entire race with the ring in a special pocket his mom had sewn into his shorts

· Our families were directly past the finish line in a restricted area, not on the sides where spectators were allowed and that oddity never registered with me.

Our running love story has been incredible. My passion for running has interwoven into my passion to share with my life with Graham. Thanks for reading.

Wonder if they sell running shoes in white…..

1 britchickruns May 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

OH that is so romantic!! That’s like what dreams are made of 😀 I wish them all the best for the future!

2 Evan Thomas May 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

Sweetest. Thing. Ever!

3 britchickruns May 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

Ok, I just watched that video again, I think I want to cry a little bit!!

4 kalli@fitandfortysomething May 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

what a great story! happy friday 🙂

5 Rachel (Running Rachel) May 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

That is such a cute story and video! Surely the wedding will be held at the end of the same marathon next year, or perhaps on the way round..? 😀

6 Sara May 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

Aww that is so sweet! That reminds me of my precious fiance. He just ran the Boston Marathon and proposed to me right after! We have been together for just over 5 years and it was PERFECT. I didn’t run it with him – but it was so special and I will always remember it!

7 Megan May 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

Thanks so much for sharing this. That is so sweet, and yes, I shed a few tears watching the video! Congratulations Dana!

8 Runningwriter May 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

Oh good lord, I have the sound off on my (work) computer and I still welled up. That’s the sweetest thing ever.

9 Ana May 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

me too! i’m trying to not sniffle like a big girl!

10 Heather May 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

What a great story!

11 whitinspired May 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

Sweetest proposal story…ever! I’m off to watch the video now and cry at my desk.

12 Dori May 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

I need a Graham running love story. Seriously – any boys out there want to run with me this weekend?? In NYC??

13 Lauren May 7, 2010 at 10:01 am

Beautiful story! I will watch the video over lunch.

14 Betsy May 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

Nothing like a good proposal video to get the tears flowing in the morning. That was so sweet! Congrats to them!!

15 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

Awesome proposal!!

16 Erin May 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

What a great story! My dad proposed to my stepmom at the finish line of a race here in DC–great video! 😀

17 Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

So sweet my teeth hurt!

18 Jenny May 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

Yep….I just got all misty at work watching that.

Congratulations!

19 jw May 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

really cute story…here comes grammar girl, “that her boyfriend and her”. come on now college graduate! “she and her boyfriend”!! 🙂

20 Beth May 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

That is SUCH an amazing story. I love how she thought he was getting sick at first!! hahaha. <3

21 keribop May 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

That video made me all teary-eyed! Best love story ever! 😀

22 rc1001 May 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

What an awesome story!!!

23 Anna May 7, 2010 at 11:07 am

Awwww…such a sweet love story! And running story! 🙂

24 Jenna May 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

omg so cute!

25 Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

I am in love with this story! Thanks for sharing 🙂

I just sent it to my bf, so he’s probably not too happy with you sharing it right now, hahaha!

26 Samantha May 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oh wow!! That is the best story ever!! Made me cry right at my desk…its amazing how people find each other and what can bring them together….

27 Morgan May 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

aw, that video made me bawl, and not just cause of the pregnancy hormones. That was so sweet!

28 Britt @ Runnerbelle May 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

Oh man that got me all teared up! So awesome!

I only got my hubby to run a half marathon so far…. and that was after about 3.5 years of marriage. LOL

29 Sarah for Real May 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

Awwwwwe… First it was EatLiveRun.com that had started me tearing up. Now this and I’m totally crying in my cubical!

30 Jenny May 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

Aww, so cute! I loved that story!

31 missyrayn May 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

That is the cutest story. Hunni started running just to spend time with me. He wanted to enjoy my saturdays with me on race days so he would train so he could run too. He’s not into the longer races I run but he’ll still run an occasional 5K with me. It is a great bonding thing for us.

32 Michelle May 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

omigoodness that is the cutest story ever. That is definitely my favorite proposal story I have ever heard <3

33 Danielle May 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

That was sooo cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

34 Tracey May 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

love, love, love! What a great story and something they will both be able to cherish forever.

35 Jessica May 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

awww that was so cute! I definitely started sobbing, that would be a dream proposal for me!

36 kirsten May 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

wow, so cute! 🙂

37 Beth S. May 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

Best proposal story I’ve heard!

38 lowandbhold May 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

Aww, that’s so sweet. I hope to fall in love with a runner. I think it would be so fun to do races together 🙂

39 Gwen May 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

SUCH a beautiful love story! Thanks for sharing! I’m getting married this October and I’m planning on doing a “Dash to the Alter” 5k for myself, family and friends that AM!

40 christina May 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

aww you are so pretty! love the story!

41 www.kelocity.com May 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

That was so cute. Thanks for sharing that story!

42 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

That is SUCH a good proposal story!!! I love it!

43 runrettarun May 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

OK I totally just teared up reading that story and haven’t even watched the video. Better get my tissue ready!

44 hundredtenpounds May 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

That is such a sweet story!!! Aw! I hope my BF does something like that someday. 🙂

45 Kim B. May 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Best proposal EVER!

46 kimszym May 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Thanks. I was crying at the video even though I knew what was coming.

47 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit May 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

What a cute love story!!!

48 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie May 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I love this story and I love even more that they live in Louisville, KY where I live! Give her my info, I’d love to meet up with her, go running, eat, whatever! Such a great story…

49 legalb May 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Awwww freaking adorable!! I LOL’ed at the brothers hahaha Sooo sweet – they seem so happy 🙂 Thanks for this Meghann!

50 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER May 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

That is TOO sweet.

51 Ashley May 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

That is such an adorable story!! i love it, so sweet. congratulations 🙂

52 Raya May 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

That video is adorable!! I totally got choked up watching it! What an awesome story 🙂 Oh and I also use plastic silverware at work…I know I should switch, maybe this is the kick I need

53 theprocessofhealing May 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

OH my GOSH! That is THE sweetest thing I have ever heard in my entire life!

54 runningwithsass May 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

aaahh i love it so cute!!

55 Kerry May 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm

OMG LOVED THAT!!! So cute and what a healthy basis for a relationship 🙂 Congrats to them both.

56 Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I am sobbing right now. OMG… thanks for posting this! How incredible!!!!!!

57 runnerforever May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Awww….how romantic.
Cycling classes are so intense, but so fun!

58 Eunice May 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

That video made me cry at work! Congrats guys! 🙂

59 Macey May 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Such a cute story! It totally gave me goosebumps. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to watch your marathon video too. I am running the San Diego RnR for my first marathon in just a few weeks!

60 Reenie May 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Congrats Dana & Graham ~ lovely story ~ his brothers are funny!!! HA!

61 caronae May 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’ve heard of marathon proposal stories before! This is so cute! Best of luck to the happy couple 🙂

62 midgetkeeper May 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Cutest thing ever! Congrats to the happy couple.

63 Katy(Balanced Foodie) May 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Oh my gosh. That video gave me chills and made me tear up for sure!! SO sweet!! I really hope Adam falls in love with running too! 🙂

64 April May 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I LOVE it! Such a great story.

65 emily May 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

wow i just teared up watching that video! amazing! 🙂 what a great story, thanks for sharing!!

66 Katherine: What About Summer? May 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I absolutely love stories of proposals! and runners! and runners proposing. how great. my parents got married and instead of driving away in a car, they ran holding hands with shirts that said “just married” on the back!

Katherine

67 Heather May 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm

awww. that is the sweetest thing ever!! I just ran a marathon on Sunday and saw a proposal at the finish! Sooo adorable!

68 Amy May 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love love. That made me tear up.

69 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com May 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Awwww!!!

70 Katherine May 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I love it! very cute.

71 Ash Bear May 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm

This is adorable! I have to say i’m surprised to see anyone running a MARATHON in cotton these days! 🙂

72 Anne P May 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Oh my god… that is SO CUTE!!

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