The Day Times Changed

24 years ago, on the day Daylight Savings Time ended, Ron and I had our very first date.  Although I didn’t really know him that well at the time, I somehow knew that I needed to be ready an hour early.  Ron would not remember to “Fall Back.”

Just as I expected, he arrived at my Raleigh apartment a little before 9:30am for our 11:00am brunch reservations at Joel Lane’s Restaurant at the corner of Western and Avent Ferry.  We chit chatted a bit and then he mentioned that we needed to get a move on.  I politely explained that we had plenty of time.  He just smiled and smiled and was so impressed that I had taken the time to get ready early.

We were engaged one week to the day from our first date and exactly 4 months later, we were married.
What can I say?  It was the classic love at first sight!

In the early weeks of our engagement, Ron ran his first Old Reliable 10k.  I went along and cheered him on but we have only a couple of  pictures to document the occasion.  Here’s Ron at the Finish Line in 1987.

Times were different then.  There was no Facebook for me to post on and we had no cell phones that took pictures.  I was lucky to find this photo tonight and to be able to scan it.

As the years past, Ron continued to run the Old Reliable as well as many other 10k races.  Racing was different then.  10ks were all the rage and really only the very fast ran them.  I can’t believe it, but I actually ran one of the Old Reliables with him.  Neither of us can remember our times.  For some reason I want to say my time was 59 minutes and if that was true, Ron’s time was probably around 40-45 minutes.

Here I am holding Andie in the fall of 1991.   My Old Reliable shirt that I have on is from 1989.

Here Ron is again in another Old Reliable t-shirt with Andie and cousin Megan.

The News and Observer and the city of Raleigh stopped hosting the Old Reliable after a while and Ron stopped running as much.  Our lives changed as we brought each of our little girls home from Rex Hospital and as we settled into raising our family.

Here are a few cute pics of the girls that I found tonight.

Lydia at McDonalds.

And Andie and Lydia ice skating.

Fast forward 24 years later and I am the runner in the house.  Ron still runs and he is quite bitten by the racing bug again.  The City of Oaks Marathon and Half Marathon committee rallied to resurrect the Old Reliable and today Ron and I ran it together.

Here’s the “Old!”

And here’s the “Reliable.”

Just kidding!

Oh….and check out my awesome new running shirt.  I got it at the Expo on Friday night and I just love it.  So many people commented on my shirt today.

One time I had stopped for a short walking break and a spectator hollered,  “Go Strength!”  I quickly started running again and a big smile came across my face.    Check out to design your own shirt.

Our times today were only one minute apart:  1:13 and 1:14.  We had a blast.

Anyway, thanks for letting me share our love story.  Today has been WONDERFUL!

Goodnight Friends!

Company Mill Trail

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day here in the heart of Carolina.  After church, I had a lot to do around the house but all I really wanted to do was get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

I thought about the State Fair and would have loved it but I knew Ron and Lydia didn’t want to do that.  I suggested Clemmons State Forest in Clayton but Ron wasn’t feeling it.  A few minutes later,  Ron came back
over to me and he said if a hike is what I was looking for then we should go to Umstead.  We invited Lydia but she wanted to just chill after a hard week at band.

I packed a few items for a picnic and Ron filled up the water jug and we were off.

Here are few pictures of The Company Mill Trail at Umstead State Park in Raleigh.  We hiked for right at 3 hours and covered 5.8 miles.  The trail is marked “moderately difficult” and I think they hit it right on.  There were plenty of easy straightaways, but there were a lot of hills and rocks and roots to navigate through as well.

At the end of the hike we enjoyed some sandwiches, pumpkin muffins, and some fruit.  I had the kiwi and Ron went for the green apple.  Did you know you don’t have to peel your kiwis?  You can eat them skin and all.

While we were out, we ended the night with a short stop at Trader Joes.  This apple cider that they have is out of this world.  They only had a few bottles left and the check-out guy said that they had gotten 44 cases in
just last night.  He mentioned that I might want to get another bottle while they were in stock.  (What a great salesman!)

Very, very lovely day.

Now I have to figure out how I’m going to get laundry done this week sometime!

Goodnight Friends!