In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Negative One Year

Look at me…posting again already! Maybe my blog itch has returned? I couldn’t help but blog because I have so many important things to share.

First of all, I bought a bike! I am so stoked. I took it out for my first ride last night and I’m in love. I am most excited to do something active other than running and this is a hobby that Bennet and I can do together (he runs too fast for me). I got the bike at the Trek store and let me just say, the guys there are saints. They know everything there is to know about bikes, which is exactly what I needed as I know nothing.

My Trek beauty

Second important thing: I’m running my 2nd half of 2014 tomorrow and I’m not a bit mentally prepared. It haven’t even thought about the fact that I’m running a race tomorrow but maybe that’s a good thing. I’m running the Madison Mini, which is ranked the #14 best half marathon by Runner’s World. In terms of time, I have zero expectations for this race. I have quite a few friends running it so I just want to go out and have a good time.

Now for the most important thing: Today is Bennet and I’s Negative One Year Anniversary! What is that, you ask? We have just one year until our wedding day! I say “just” loosely. 365 days is 365 too many because I am so incredibly excited to marry this guy.

I won’t be gushy, but I have one thing to share. Yesterday I saw this link on my Facebook feed: 21 Uncommon Romantic Gestures That Would Make Any Girl Melt.

As I started to read the article I thought, “I’m totally going to send this to Bennet as a hint.” But as I continued on I thought, “Well, at least he does that one…oh, he does that one too….Yep, there’s another.”

I finished the list and I realized how lucky I am. He’s actually amazing. Sometimes I forget all the little (and not so little) things Bennet does for me. Lately I have been stressed with wedding planning and let’s just say I can give him some ‘tude. I need to remember that the planning should be fun and in the grand scheme of things they won’t even matter. Because at the end of the day, I get to marry my best friend in the world and most definitely my better half.

365 days to go

Of course, as I’m typing this blog post, flowers are delivered to my office.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played

No, I’m not talking about the golf movie with Shia LaBeouf, however that is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m talking about the “round” of golf I played last Saturday. I put quotes around “round” because I only played 5 holes. Why? Because my BF put a ring on it as I was putting out on the 5th hole.

Back it up. 

It all started when I was just 14 little years of age. I was in art class. It was the first day of second semester of my freshman year in high school. I spotted this gorgeous guy across the room who had swimmer hair (you know, that bleached disheveled look) with his black hoodie up. He kept putting his head down on the table, clearly not wanting to be there. Yeah, I immediately developed a huge crush on that guy. I later found out his name was Bennet, he was a junior and was the brother of a girl in my grade (Emily) who I’d already known through mutual friends. Well over time, I obsessively told Emily “how hot” her brother was. And I guess over time Emily and I bonded over it because we became best friends and still are to this day.

My crush on Bennet remained for the majority of the year. He didn’t have a clue who I was until I creepily took a picture of him in the middle of a swim meet. As I took the picture, the flash on the camera went off, which apparently is a no-no in swimming? Stupid. Anyway, I stopped the entire race. The swimmers had already dove into the water but the official stopped everyone, came over to the stands and yelled at the woman in front of me (I’m sorry!) for taking a picture and then made the swimmers get back on the blocks to start over. Talk about mortifying. Yes, Bennet found out it was me.

So overtime, I got over my crush and started dating someone else. Let me pause by saying guys are so dumb. Because this is when Bennet started to like me. Nice timing, Buddy. Throughout high school I dated other guys, Bennet went off to college and we remained friends because I was always over at their house hanging out with Emily. Bennet continued his little crush, never hiding his feelings along the way. Long story short, the timing was always off for us. We never liked each other at the same time and were always dating other people.

Bennet and I circa 2006. We look so young!

Bennet and I circa 2006. We look so young!

Fast forward 11 years. 

Bennet and I are both single. His persistence pays off and I finally give into him. We start casually dating. Things get serious. We lightly talk about our wedding some day and how awesome it would be to have it on the 5th hole of the Woods course at Pleasant View Golf Course.

Present time (5/3/14 to be exact)

Bennet and I are golfing the Woods course at PV. We get to the 5th hole and I have a 40 foot putt, which I ALMOST sink. After I’ve regained composure from my Tiger Woods putt, I tell Bennet to throw me the ball but he forces me to come tap it in. I walk up to the hole and I see a little box in the cup. Everything becomes a little blurry but this is where he drops to a knee and pops the q.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

So there you have it, folks.  I can’t believe how excited I am to marry this guy. It’s been a long-time coming and an entertaining journey. He’s the greatest guy I know with the biggest heart and the best humor. He makes me happier than I ever could have imagined and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

The End.


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Auntie Megan

It’s been 2 weeks since my last post so I figure I’m due for an update.

Pretty Pregnant Mamma

I do have some exciting news! I don’t think I’ve mentioned that my sister-in-law (Lauren) is preggers and due on June 13th. I’m ecstatic. We had her first baby shower last Saturday and now I’m even more excited than I already was. I just want this little nugget to get here already! Lauren and Jeremy aren’t finding out the sex so the suspense is killing me.

I think I’ve gone over our family ties before but if not…

Lauren’s younger sister is Emily. Emily is my best friend in the whole wide world, who unfortunately lives in Denver. When Emily and I were in high school, we hooked her sister up with my brother. They started dating…Jeremy moved from AZ to Wisco to be with her…he FINALLY popped the question…they got married in Mehico last year (NYE 2012)…and now they’re poppin’ babies.

Aunt Megan, Lauren (and Baby C) and Aunt Emily

Aunt Megan, Lauren (and Baby C) and Aunt Emily

Other than fun baby news…there isn’t much new, which is why I haven’t posted. I’ve been running. The girls doing the half in Iowa City in May with me have been running. This is our latest motivation and maybe our race-day outfits:

Ryan Gosling motivation

And lastly…weddings. Weddings, weddings, weddings. Weddings galore. Am I the only one on this planet that is not getting married this year? Anyway, I got my invitation to Gretchen’s wedding yesterday. I LITerally got giddy. This wedding is going to be a big ‘ol college reunion and I can’t wait.

Gretch gets hitched

That’s all for now. Enjoy this new beat…different than the indie loveliness that I usually post but still wonderful. Meet Timeflies: