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On This Day in History…

by Meghann on April 8, 2011

On this day in history in 1984 something fabulous happened.

Derek S. Russell arrived on this earth.



It’s hard to believe when I met Derek six years ago he was newly 21 and I was 20.


He was sneaking me shots behind the bar and I was teaching him the words to ‘Summer Nights’ (how did he not know that song?!?! ) Time really flies when you’re having fun, right?


I loved Derek back then and I love him now. πŸ™‚


Now he’s a grown man and we live together in our own duplex/condo/townhouse/what-ever-the-heck-you-call-it with a mortgage, a dog, and new couches we paid for from a store and not from a stranger from Craigslist. Being a grown up is fun.

Here’s to the last couple years of our 20s and the memory more memories set to come with them.



This morning i asked Derek if he wanted special birthday breakfast, but he was content with coffee and the hope of picking up Einstein’s on the way to work. He’s coming home for lunch and I do plan to make an extra special birthday sandwich though. πŸ˜‰

He left for work and I headed to the nearby trail for my first attempt at a Brick Workout since last summer.

10 miles on the bike.

3 miles on my feet.

A couple of notes:

  • I forgot my running shoes and luckily had an old pair in my trunk. Not so luckily there were no socks. I made it work.
  • Bricks are tough. I’m going to try and incorporate at least one (or more) each week leading up to the HIM to prepare my body.
  • Starting a brick at 8:00 is not smart. It was hot and by the time I got home it was after 10:30 – not bueno.
  • It felt good to push my body again. Love.
  • Audiobooks. Are. Awesome. Why did I wait so long to listen to one while running?!?!


I raced home and made a quick breakfast.


Cereal Mix:

  • 1/2 cup Uncle Sam’s
  • 1/2 cup Kix
  • 1/4 cup Granola
  • Chobani Lemon Yogurt
  • Grapes <– all we had for fruit


Is it really almost 11? Wowza! So much to do before the weekend. Here goes nothing!

1 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run April 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

Cute pics of you two! πŸ™‚ I’ve thought about listening to audio books on runs but I was wondering if I would be too busy worrying about how I felt like I was going to die to pay attention to what was being said.
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2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

LOL! I agree. I would pay no attention at all and then I’d just have to play it over again when I’m done running so I didn’t miss anything!

3 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I didn’t think I would like it either, but it was actually a nice distraction. Try it!

4 kristy @ April 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

Awww! Love the trip down memory lane! Happy birthday to Derek! πŸ™‚
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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday to Derek! You two are such a cute couple. I hope he has a great day, and amazing job on your workout Meghann! Sounds tough, but I bet you feel great now. Happy Friday! πŸ™‚
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6 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

Happy Birthday Derek!
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7 Kristin April 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

Good luck at your race this weekend. You will rock it! Happy Birthday Derek! Today is my birthday too!

8 Ashley April 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

Aw you guys looked so cute, and still do. Happy Birthday to Derek!

9 Amy April 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

Happy birthday, Derek!

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE listening to audiobooks while running. What did you listen to? My current book is the 6th Harry Potter. I’m right at the end and it’s perfect for running!
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10 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I was listening to Nanny Returns. I’ve been meaning to read the sequal to the Nanny Diaries for a while now, I felt like this was the perfect excuse to listen to it. πŸ™‚

11 sahana April 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

Happy Birthday Derek!!!! I hope you had fun Meghann.
Happy weekend.

12 Cate April 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Happy birthday to Derek!

In the past few months I have really enjoyed listening to books on my runs. I get to enjoy a good story & run at the same time! I finished The Help about a month ago and am on to The Pillars of the Earth – they are both great!
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13 Michelle April 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

I hope he has a great birthday!
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14 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

Happy Birthday to Derek!! πŸ™‚

15 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) April 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

GREAT WORK with the brick! So excited for you. Happy birthday to your love! Have a great day!

16 Katy (The Singing Runner) April 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

Awwww Happy Birthday to Derek! πŸ™‚ I love how you said he would sneak you shots behind the bar…not that I have friends who do that for me πŸ˜‰ (but not much longer since I turn 21 in less than a week!)
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17 Kelly April 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

My husband’s birthday is today too! And when I met him, he lived in Tampa too!
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18 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Happy Birthday to him too!

19 Kiran April 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday Derek! Cheers to both of you πŸ™‚
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20 Laurie April 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEREK!!! You guys look so cute together! Have a fun day!

21 Heather April 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

You are getting sooooooo old. πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday.

P.S. I am way older.
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22 Jamie@everydaydolce April 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’ve been wanting to try audio books for long runs…I think I might try to get one for this weekend, per your advice πŸ˜‰
Hope Derek has an awesome birthday!
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23 Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I LOVE listening to audio books while running! It’s one of my favorite things, and it really is not hard to follow what is going on. I tend to choose books that have a fairly easy, yet pleasurable plot line, such as Nicholas Sparks books, Jodi Picoult, and others.
I am currently listening to South of Broad by Pat Conroy and it’s great! I look forward to my runs so I can hear the next part of the story πŸ™‚
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24 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

If you feel like trading any audiobooks let me know! I love the easier books too!

25 Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

That sounds great! What have you been listening to lately?
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26 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

oh happy birthday to derek!

you guys are such a cute couple! πŸ™‚
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27 Brittany April 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yay, ya’ll are so cute. Happy Birthday Derek!
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28 Allie April 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Happy birthday Derek! πŸ™‚
you guys have been together a log time-how awesome!!
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29 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

We’ve known each other a long time. There were 2 years in the middle we weren’t dating each other.

30 Shannon April 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I wish I had thought of audio books. That is such a good idea!

31 Biz April 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Happy Birthday Derek – have a great weekend! πŸ˜€
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32 Amy @ Conquering Self April 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Wow, so simple and yet I never have thought to use audiobooks when I run! (I guess cause I’m still sort of a new runner!) Cannot wait to try it!
I’m new to your blog but love what I see so far…can’t wait to try the buffalo chicken calzone…yum!! Happy birthday to your boyfriend!!

33 Evan Thomas April 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Happy birthday, Derek!

34 Hilary April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Yay for special birthday meals! And Im SO with you on.the audiobooks….couldn’t have made it through marathon training without them!
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35 Rachel April 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I’ve never listened to an audio book on a run, but while training for my last half I would listen to podcasts. My favorite being “Stuff You Should Know” – SOOOO interesting. They are very informative but in a fun way and I felt so much smarter after my run. BONUS – they’re free!
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36 Crystal April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Congrats on the the 1st brick workout. After a few years of including bricks, I’ll warn you that they never get easier – you just get used to the feeling of trashed legs!

37 Dori April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I can only guess what “extra special birthday sandwich” is a euphemism for.
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38 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

hahahahaha…’s probably not blog appropriate what he actually requested for his birthday πŸ˜‰

39 Leigh April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Happy birthday to Derek! Hope you spoil him rotten πŸ™‚

40 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Happy Birthday to Derek!

I think the trick to audiobooks is finding ones that aren’t too “deep.” Then you can zone out at times and it doesn’t affect the overall experience:)
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41 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm


42 Kristin April 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I would love to know where you purchase your audiobooks from.

43 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm


44 Allie April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Happy birthday to your boy!

45 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

brick workouts are HARD hard!! Happy b-day to your man πŸ™‚

46 Alaina April 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Happy Birthday to Derek! Hope he likes his birthday sandwich. πŸ™‚
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47 Hope April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Happy Birthday Derek! I hope he has a great day! Have fun celebrating! πŸ™‚
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48 Maryanne April 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

It’s about time he pops the darn question!! Six years is way too long to just be b/f & g/f.

49 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Happy birthday to Derek! It’s my husband’s birthday today too…must be something in the stars on this day for great men πŸ™‚
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50 Amy April 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

Aw, what great photos of you and Derek! You guys are super cute! Happy birthday to Derek and good luck with your upcoming brick workouts!
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51 Brittney April 9, 2011 at 2:49 am

Aw happy birthday Derek! His is the day after mine πŸ™‚ I love the pictures! Y’all look the same πŸ™‚

52 Reenie April 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Derek!!!

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