Last week was full of both joy and sadness. On Monday, I learned of Cameron’s death and on Saturday I married the girl of my dreams. The contrasting nature of these two things really brought the week into perspective.
Esther and I both struggled to remain 100% upbeat about our upcoming nuptials as we both felt guilt over being happy when so many were feeling pain over the death of Cam. We were both very excited to be getting married and to be officially starting our lives together but felt that gearing up for a party in the midst of so much sorrow was wrong in some way.
And as the wedding inched closer the weather got worse and worse. It has been absolutely breathtaking in the High Country the past month so I guess we were due for some crappy days. The rains started on Thursday and remained steady for the remainder of the weekend.
However, as the week wore on and various family members trickled in Esther and I became more and more joyous about what was to come. Esther’s parents arrived, then my parents, then Jesse, then Alissa and Kyle, and then several HPU college friends and the rainy weather didn’t seem so bad.
On Saturday morning, Jesse, Guy, Jankowski, and I went for an easy 10 mile run at a sloppy Moses Cone and I started to get nervously excited for the festivities to come. This was a big day. This was a big decision that Esther and I had decided to pursue. We had spoken a lot in the preceding months about how important of a commitment we were making to one another and how serious we should approach it. Yes, we were excited about the actual wedding but we were also very intent of making sure we approached the day with reverence and respect.
The ceremony was officiated by Shawn Found, an Army Chaplin who was himself an elite runner finishing 4th in the 10k at the 2000 Olympic Trials. Esther and I got to know Shawn and his wife Jen during Esther’s time in New Jersey. Shawn did a great job and we were both so excited he made the long trip from NJ to NC for the wedding.
After exchanging our vows and sealing it with a kiss, I realized that being surrounded by family and friends after the rollercoaster week was perfect. When is it not a good thing to be supported by family and friends after a tough week? In our case, Esther and I were also celebrating a great moment in our lives. Win-win.
The rains came and it didn’t matter. Esther looked amazing, she said yes, and we got to spend some quality time with those we loved. What’s better than that?
P.S. Oh yeah, I had another solid workout with Tyler on Thursday and got in a cool 100 miles the week of my wedding. Not too shabby if you ask me. There’s also rumors of a small race next weekend if my hamstring continues to progress. Stay tuned!
Here is my last week of training (9/20-9/26):
Sunday: AM: 19 miles (1-1-2-1-2-1-1-2-1-1-2-2 surges)
Monday: AM: 6 miles PM: 5 miles
Tuesday: AM: 13 miles
Wednesday: AM: 10 miles PM: 5 miles
Thursday: AM: 16 miles (4500+(2:30-90-45)x3+climb session)
Friday: AM: 8 miles PM: 4 miles
Saturday: AM: 10 miles
Total: 100 miles, 11 runs