I have been a serious runner for over two years now. I began training for my first marathon in January, 2011. Prior to that, I participated in competitive sports in which running was a necessary evil in order to perform at peak levels on game day. I became a serious runner as a result of a challenge by a friend to complete a half marathon. In the process of training for my first half marathon, I decided that I would kick up my training and run a full marathon instead. After completing the Cleveland Marathon in May, 2011, I was hooked.
I met my fiancée, Allison, slightly after I completed the Cleveland Marathon. She and I shared a love for running and although she had only completed a handful of 5K races when we met, it had always been her desire to complete a full marathon. Our first date consisted of a little over a two-mile run and we grabbed dinner afterwards. From that point forward, Allison and I have been running ever since. We have completed several 10-mile races and half marathons together. I completed the Akron full marathon in September, 2011 and I plan to complete the Akron marathon again this September. I am also continuing to help Allison train for her first full marathon.
I feel fortunate to have found someone to share in my love for running, as being a distance runner is a huge time commitment. It is great to be able to spend that time together. Having Allison as a running partner, training partner and life partner makes me a better person all around. When I am not feeling motivated to work out, or run, she pushes me. When she is not motivated, I push her. Allison and I have a great thing going right now. She and I are in the best shape of our lives and are the envy of our peers because of our commitment to maintaining our fitness. We could not be as committed without the help, the push, and the support of one another.
Our shared love of running is what brought Allison and I together. On May 20th, 2012, I proposed to Allison in the only way that I saw fit. After Allison and I completed the Cleveland half marathon together, I got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. She said Yes, and the rest of our story is still being written. Allison and I plan to get married in Akron, Ohio in Spring 2013.