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..
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.