Well so it happened, we am engaged!!! But you want more details than that right? This is more personal that running, but I think it fits perfectly in a running blog because we were in running clothes, In Central Park, and in front of Fred Lebow, so yes, sharing…
The last weeks have been a little hectic, plus weird with me being sick with the ulcer and dieting to make it heal and not running much because I was weak. Juan was always by my side, not matter what. Always keeping me happy, making me smile, watching all the Harry Potters with me, and bringing me graham crackers or something. So much happened to us since we met, and even more in the last months, that we knew exactly in which direction we were going…. The truth is we got along perfectly since day one, I shared our crazy love story with you all a couple of months ago. Things kept developing fast and we decided to keep moving forward.
As we’re both Argentinians in NYC, we can pick and choose which rituals we’d prefer. I never wanted a big dress or a big wedding, but I did want a nice ring, which is not customary in Argentina. I love jewelry. But, I had no idea type of ring what I’d like, so it took a long while for me to make a pick! Two Fridays ago, after I found it. Wedding bands were purchased and sent for resizing. We were so happy, we made out right outside the store and went to get sushi to celebrate. We then decided to get married within 2 or 3 weeks, so… early September wedding!
But, alas, he said he wanted to propose like they do here in the movies… Ugh, I said, I want my ring! No, you’ll have to wait, he said. Okay. Resizing would take over a week so on Wednesday, when he started acting REALLY WEIRD, I figured it had to be something else. There was no way the ring would be ready.
I emailed to check what he was doing that afternoon, if he wanted to do something with me, or otherwise I’d make other plans (I wanted to go to Bloomingdale’s to find a cute dress). He said, can you come to the park with me and videotape me and we’ll do drills? This was suspicious enough: he hates drills more than winter! Can we go at 6:15? what weird schedule is he on??!?! Then he made me change into running clothes, then he asked me if I liked him better in shorts or tights, all ready weird things… and he was a complete mess! He was NERVOUS. Juan, you’ll know when you meet him, is NEVER NERVOUS. Never! NEVER.
Anyway, we walked around, he takes me to 85th st, we enter the park, then turns into the bridal path, very strange as we always walk in a different path… then we get to Engineer’s Gate.
Engineer’s Gate, if you are not familiar with the park is one of the nicest entrances, or the one I like the most! It’s also the way we enter the park from our apartment! And Fred Lebow’s Statue is right there.
He then starts talking about how special this part of the park is, and to us, and how we both always are happy there, and we always salute Fred… all so ceremonial… he was on some kind of speech…
Then we became a little bit social…
We took off after that. Everybody was going to some bar for a ultra celebration (as in ultramarathon!) and we were exhausted. He had stressed like crazy and I wasn’t feeling so great that day so we just wanted to keep it quiet. The thing is, as soon as this was done, it was all over facebook. We turned the phones silent and went to have a romantic dinner, and a moon-lit walk by the river. It was perfect.
Anyway, here is my good news for the month! We’ll be getting married in a couple of weeks and all needs to be planned URGENTLY. It includes a little City Hall thing, with a friends thing, and then a picnic ceremony in Central Park thing, and maybe running a race that same weekend in bride/groom outfits thing. So ALL very running related, because, really, that’s us! (Or that’s just me, he’d tell you he’s not a runner: he’s a triathlete, but sushhhh!)