6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A LOVE Story

First off today is World Run Day, so get out there and Run, no matter how far.. JUST DO IT!!

This is my LOVE story, has nothing to do with Running but really it kinda does. Muscle Man is my key supporter in my weight loss, and constant cheer leader with my running. Some of you have already heard part or most of this story, but it is a good one so I am going to tell it again.

My Senior year at Gonzaga University I went back in great shape, I was tone, strong and ready for my last season of Basketball. 11 days into practice I closed out on defense and felt a pain in my knee. I knew instantly that I had done something BAD to my knee. I should have been upset, but I wasn't, I knew there was a reason for the injury. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

Bless the coaching staff they let me red shirt and come back the following year. The following year most of my close friends had graduated, so I moved in with a new girl on the team, she could not cut it, so she quit and moved out. Hmmmmm... I was lonely, spent a lot of time on the computer. One day a Match.com pop up appeared. I figured Why Not? I filled out the profile, but did not add a photo. Emails came in from weirdos, a foot fetish guy for example. After a bit I got an email from a guy, the last line in his email read "And I am cute if that matters." It blew me away, I didn't want an arrogant guy, but a man with confidence was just what I was hoping for. We exchanged photos, and talked for nearly 2 hours. Anxious to meet we decided our first date would follow my Basketball Game later that week.
  • Sidenote: Muscle Man always wanted to date a girl with brown hair who played basketball, lucky me..
On 11-7-2001 (9 YEARS AGO TODAY), I was nervous, could barely focus on warm ups. My knee was healing but I still wore a brace for support. Eyes were set on the stands, waiting for him to appear. Trouble was he said he would come with a couple...so when he arrived with a guy I wondered if it was the right person. I knew from the minute I set eyes on him that I was interested, so when he left at half time I was FREAKED.. Mental trashing "Guess he doesn't like me, he left."

He returned with a beverage and I continued to play.. 10 points later the game was over and went to the locker room to shower. Butterflies were swarming and I could hardly put on my socks let alone tie my shoes. Felt like I was moving in slow motion, the anticipation was immense. Got ice for my knee, came out of the locker room and headed toward the court.

This minute will be etched in my sole FOREVER. As Muscle Man walked toward me there was an immediate calm, like I had know him forever, I FELL IN LOVE with him at that moment, before a word was spoken. Love at first sight, how could it be? Mental trashing "There he is Mel, don't screw it up!!"

I don't remember the first words we said but I know he said "Where did you park?" and I said "In the parking lot," in a feeble attempt at humor. He smiled and we headed on our first date.

Since that moment we have been inseparable. Our marriage is amazing, normal, and full of love. We never fight, it is EASY. Every day I feel blessed that I have Muscle Man. I Thank God Every day for this amazing husband, father and friend. Sorry for the Cheese Factor but this is on my mind today.

The Message: Love can and should be easy.

  • What do I have planned for World Run Day? Well so far this week I have run 2 miles.. OOPS!! :) Rest week huh? Muscle Man and I will take the boys to the trail, hope the rain holds out so we have a nice run. 9 years ago I could have never guessed that we would have 2 amazing Little Studs, a beautiful home and a love for running as a family. What a Blessing..
  • Today take some time to think about your blessings. Life can be TOUGH and UNFAIR, but when we think about those things that are GOOD and AMAZING it totally changes our perspective.

23 comments:

Christine said...

Great love story! Thanks for sharing :) I met my boyfriend through match.com as well and we are happy for over 2 years now! I never believed in online dating before, but I guess it works :)

marathonmaiden said...

awwww great story! i could feel the butterflies in my stomach as i read this :)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

what a wonderful story! You are truely blessed and that so shows in everything that you do. It is quite clear from the way that you smile and the way that you write that you are IN LOVE!
I ran a 5k this morning! I also placed 2nd in my age group!!!!

Terri said...

Great story! :) Don't think I'm running today - woke up feeling as if I had been hit by a truck. Now I'm still in PJ's, nursing a headache and contemplating (another) nap... ugh.

Becka said...

Cute story, thanks for sharing Mel!

Carly said...

Awww how sweet!

Alicia said...

Love it! Everything happens for a reason- absolutely!

Pam said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing your super cute story! Love to hear how people meet.

Marlene said...

Super sweet post! I love your story. :) Happily ever after.....

Jodi H said...

Great post and great story! Hope you had a great day!

track coach and adorable wife said...

What a cute LOVE story! I would have totally blown the game from being so nervous! Congrats to your awesome love!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great story, Mel. When I look back at my University years, where I am now was just not in the books. Love jumps up and turns you upside down - for better or worse.
Hope you were able to avoid the rain.

Zaneta said...

I loved this post! Thanks for sharing your love story with us! I think it is amazingly awesome and not cheesy at all! :) You are so blessed!! :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Awesome story... but I think we need some photos to back it up. ;-)

Aimee said...

Aww..I love that story. After the first day with my husband, I remember thinking, "I am going to marry him." And, I did! :)

Velma said...

This got me choked up - love it love it love it!!

Heather Forcey said...

I absolutely agree! Love should be easy! That is precisely how I feel about my husband. We don't work hard at our marriage. It flows naturally. We protect each other's hearts. I also met my husband on Match.com! Loved reading your story!

Molly said...

"in the parking lot..." that's hysterical, great post. : )

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

So incredibly cute! And that parking lot line ... so something I would say. Hugs!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I read this over the weekend (don't tell Hubbs, weekends are family time) because I saw you were telling your Love story again. People in "bloggy world" inspire me in different wasy. Some people inspire me in several way. You are one of them. Your "whole life" story not just the fitness/weight loss/running part but your family, your life, your priorities inpsire me when life becomes hard...not easy. My marriage has been "not easy." BUT through committment and learning has come positive growth for both of us. My husband has grown into the man I saw inside him. He still has his days as I am sure I have mine but I am so proud that we have traveled this journey together. Thank you for showing me that love can and should be easy. I know that we'll find our way there!
Great big *hugs*!

Fair Weather Runner said...

so sweet mel! :) congrats to you both on a fantastic and happy nine years!

momof3 said...

I love reading your blog. I do, it's so sweet and hopeful.

Sometimes when I need to recharge I think about YOUR blog and pie filling and geese in flight... and your offer to talk me off the edge (and as taper madness is taking over my personality it's starting to sound like a good idea). Thanks for being YOU Mel.