I thrive on a packed schedule and long to-do list, and my planner never leaves my side. I even get up at 6 AM or earlier most days, as my philosophy is that if I can put work in while the rest of the world sleeps, the competition wakes up behind.
This applies for both workouts and for my big-girl job, as I frequently arrived in the corporate office at 7 or 7:30 AM when I worked there. The coffee I made was stronger than anyone else’s and I worked with the lights off. True story.
Life’s been busy and exciting lately, and I like that.
I met Elaine my second week in Charleston when I attended a Good Form Running clinic at The Foot Store in Mt. Pleasant. She’s a runner, a vegan, loves animals, and volunteers with the Charleston marathon, so we share a lot in common and we’ve been pretty good running buddies ever since. She’s more into longer distances, but we both ran the May Day Half Marathon and the Race the Landing 5K.
I’m a part of the TrySports team and Elaine’s a part of The Foot Store family (also a great store for running shoes and specialty footwear), but all runners share that common bond and brotherhood that transcends brand or store loyalties, and we’re good friends.
Minus the occasional argument over dairy products or eggs… okay, not really.
The wedding was very beautiful. Even as an outdoor ceremony, it was fairly short. I loved how lighthearted Elaine and Juan were when reciting their vows, because it showed that they take life as it comes instead of taking it too seriously
They even included Elaine’s dog, Mo, in the ceremony. Pets truly are family members- I’ll never understand why pets are left out of most weddings, yet family members couples don’t like are included. Hmm…
A lot of us runners were at the wedding, so it was neat to be around friends without being sweaty, smelly, and gross. I’m surprised we all recognized each other; it’s probably the only time most of my friends have seen me wearing real girl clothes outside of pictures.
All of the food at the ceremony was vegan, since Elaine is, but they had a pretty big menu that didn’t include only salads or fruit or what people sometimes suspect vegans eat.
We dined on “Not so” shrimp and grits and a pasta bar, and there was also falafel, quinoa, hummus, and some really tasty desserts (I didn’t get pictures of all the food).
In the end, Elaine and Juan shared their first dance together, several people gave toasts, we had drinks and vegan desserts, and everyone had a great time at the wedding.
Here’s to wishing Elaine, Juan, and Mo a happy life together!