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So…. I’m Engaged!

So back in October 2009, when I ran the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, a wise friend told me to run it fast because I had a first date that night. A first date with a guy I had met on my birthday, a few days prior to the race. I remember running the race and being so happy and so excited that the race was going so well and for my date that night. (This screen shot was taking much after we started dating and his nickname was baby b, embarrassing, I know, but the text was from the Day of the Marathon)

I was late getting ready because I couldn’t move since I was pretty sore. We went to a restaurant that I’d never been to before, McKennas, and both ordered the same thing. The salmon. For some reason we both talked a lot about visiting the Aquarium and randomly enough, at the end of our date, since we ordered the fish, we got free tickets to the Aquarium. We visited the following Sunday. We fed the Lorikeets and since then I have been smitten. I can’t even put into words how much fun I have with him and I haven’t talked about him online because I didn’t want to share EVERYTHING online. But now, he is my everything! Perhaps you remember me posting a picture from the LA Marathon last year. One with a fireman at mile 19, right before mile 20. I shall jog your memory with said picture.

This is my FIANCE (he also said he is not french and will not use that word and I’m not really into it either) and at this picture we had been dating for about 5 months! What! I can’t believe it. He proposed Wednesday night. He got the ring that day, at 3 pm and told me he didn’t want to be in charge of it so he had to get rid of it asap, and he wanted to do it before dinner so he could eat. Such a him thing to do. That’s my biggest concern. Feeding him FOREVER. He is always hungry! BUT he is also a GREAT cook! :)

He came over to pick me up for dinner, just a normal day after tutoring and told me we were going to El Torito. I wasn’t into getting all dressed up for El Torito and was a bit pouty. He says we can go wherever and I get ready and we stop by his house to drop off my passport for our trip in August with his family to Europe.  WHY THIS HAD TO HAPPEN BEFORE DINNER WAS MAKING ME ANGRY. I get out of the car and he takes FOREVER to get to the front door and I’m standing there about ready to ask him what is taking so long during this 20 foot walk to the front door and then he taps my shoulder and says, “This is for real,” and gets down on one knee and says, “I’m not good with words but, Danica, will you marry me?” I, of course was normally my awkward self and replied, “Are you kidding me?” Then I don’t really remember anything after that, but I just held the ring up and looked at it. Then he says, “Yes or no!” Of course, I said “Yes!” and started crying. I seriously can’t believe it. I am the luckiest girl ever and can’t wait to marry him! He truly brings out the best in me, makes me laugh constantly and this past year and couple of months has truly been the greatest time of my life!

He is a firefighter and he has been running with me recently! He works out a lot and has gotten me into the gym and he’s the one who got me into swimming. It’s awesome to have someone to run with every now and then but he is not into running a race just yet. He doesn’t like the whole concept of paying to run some where. :) He is a great guy though and I am so, so happy! I seriously am in so much shock. This wasn’t suppose to happen until next year!

So here are a few pictures of us from the past of us that you probably have never seen :)

We’ve gone to the zoo.

I went with his family to Canada!

In Canada at Bushard Gardens.

We both LOVE the Angels!!!!! (and he doesn’t like the Lakers, hoooooray!!!!!)

We’ve gone to a super chilly high school football game. How we ended up there is still a mystery to me.

We went to Portland with one of his friends and their family.

Which was where he came to his first race to watch me run. How loving!! Besides LA, but he was working so it wasn’t like he was a spectator, he disagrees with this ;)

This is on our way to a Kings Game with friends.

And this was on 2-2-11! Holy Moly!

I am still in shock and so excited. I am also so excited to be able to finally introduce him to my bl0g! We have no idea when/where/how we’ll get married, but it will be in 2012.


(and I’m not going to post a picture of the ring, but if you want to see it, email me ( and i’ll send it to you. :))


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  • Reply Brie @ Brie Fit


    Is it creepy if I say he’s hot? Because he totally is.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Heather

    Um. Duh!! Of course we want to see the ring! :D

    Congratulations – what a beautiful story!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:32 am
  • Reply micki

    aaaah, i have been waiting for this post!! congrats chica. too cute :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Megan


    February 4, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply another kristen

    Aww- cute story. I think it is funny how many engagements are preceded by girls getting somewhat cranky because they can’t figure out why their soon to be fiance is making them do strange things at strange times :)
    Congratulations and I love how your giddiness about it translates into the writing of this post!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Dianasaur

    YAY!!!! Congratulations m’dear! I’m super happy for you both!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Kevin

    Congrats! I just got engaged as well. It’s an amazing time! Enjoy it!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Steph

    CONGRATS!!! You guys are sooo cute!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Congrats again, Danica!! You look so happy in all those pictures.

    You gotta love a guy who hates the Lakers AND loves the Angels…my kind of guy. ;-)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Michelle@crazyrunninglegs

    CONGRATS!!! How exciting!

    I hated calling my hubby fiance too — it was SO odd. Love the husband term though :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Just Run With It

    Yayayay!! Congrats, you two!!! Your giddiness totally translates into this blog post and it makes me smile :) So happy for you guys!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Carly D @ CarlyBananas

    Congrats! You guys look very happy together in your pictures! :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Congratulations Danica that is so exciting!! I was a total crabby patty when I got engaged because I didn’t know what was going on either, I’m glad I’m not alone. I hope you enjoy this time in your life as much as I have… And I want to see the ring too :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Sheila

    Congrats! How exciting. I’m very happy for both of you.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Beth B.

    Wow congratulations!! I can’t believe you kept that under wraps for so long. You guys look great together!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Many, many congrats!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:51 am
  • Reply alex

    wow wow wow!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Natalie

    whoa! havent been here in 4ver and saw this! congrats!!! turn around while u can!! haha jk :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Michelle @miabelle31

    congratulations! my best friend in boston got engaged last night…love is definitely in the air. you are a fab looking couple! best wishes!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:57 am
  • Reply stacey


    February 4, 2011 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Tara

    I know I have already said this, but I am truly SO SO SO happy for you and B! You’re an amazing person and B is lucky to have you as his future wifey! HUGS ♥♥♥

    February 4, 2011 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Brittany

    How exciting! And your ring is absolutley gorgeous!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    How wonderful! Can’t wait to hear about the details of 2012.

    I’m 25, too, so wonder when I’ll be up…

    February 4, 2011 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Madison

    Congrats girl!! You two make a lovely couple. What a lovely story!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Amy

    Yay!!!!!! The hot fireman from the marathon is going to be your husband!!!!!!

    Congrats!!!! You two make the cutest couple!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Page

    I AM SO, SO, SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!! I can’t want to see you this weekend and GUSH about all of the details.


    February 4, 2011 at 10:09 am
  • Reply RoadBunner

    Okay, so I didn’t know you two had your first date the night of Long Beach! AAAAAHHH!!!!! The runner nerd in me thinks that is amazingly cool :) It was a sign! Best day of your life! Congratulations (and sorry for outing you on twitter :) hee hee

    February 4, 2011 at 10:10 am
  • Reply RunningLaur

    Saw this on twitter, but wanted to send out an official CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :)

    February 4, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Brittney

    Congrats girl!! You both look so happy and in love!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Mohan Dutt

    This is the anecdote I was looking for in my debut novel!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Leigh

    Oh my goodness Danica! Congratulations!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:15 am
  • Reply katie

    congratulations, gorgeous girl! you guys are adorable!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Laura

    CONGRATS!! Very exciting! I don’t think I ever called my hubs ‘Fiance’ – we just said we were en-fianced. (or financed I can’t remember)

    February 4, 2011 at 10:18 am
  • Reply J

    OMG!!! That is so exciting! Congrats!! I am sure that ring is gorgeous and he is one lucky guy! I was actually wondering a while ago if you were dating someone because you hadn’t said anything about it in a while! So happy for you!! Congrats again!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Madison

    You guys are a gorgeous couple! Congrats! Married life is the BEST.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Congratulations!!!! :-)

    February 4, 2011 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Morgan

    I’m seriously crying over here I am so happy for you! Congrats girl! You deserve it and I’m just cracking up thinking about all our convo’s since y’all met!!! :) So very, very, VERY happy for you both!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Chris

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:24 am
  • Reply EndurancePro

    Congratulations Danica! I loved your post! That is so beautiful how your relationship has evolved! I’m so happy for you! Wish you both a long & successful marriage! God bless you both! Thanks for sharing!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:25 am
  • Reply MarathonSweetheart

    SO EXCITING! What a beautiful love story and couple. God bless you both and best wishes xoxo

    February 4, 2011 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Rebekah

    Congratulations!!! Enjoy every moment of your engagement–it’s such a wonderful time. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Anna @ History Running Girl

    Is it creepy that I want to see the ring.


    February 4, 2011 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Abigail

    CONGRATS!!!!!!! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:36 am
  • Reply @kimikay

    congrats again girlie! sooooo happy for you! hope you’ll blog about your wedding planning along the way!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Miss E

    Congratulations, D! So happy for you!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Reply @acokertx

    Congrats Danica, you guys look so great together! Funny looking back at the caption for the “fireman picture” on your LA marathon post. Best wishes as you start planning your life together :)

    February 4, 2011 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Nina

    You already know how thrilled I am!! I still cannot believe it…my insides can’t take all of this excitement. LOVE YOUUUUUU LOVIE!!!!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Shelley B

    Congratulations!!! This is so exciting – and you two are a gorgeous couple!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Kate

    Congratulations!! He is a cutie!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Olivia

    Congratulations! You two are an amazing looking couple! Have fun with all the planning :)

    February 4, 2011 at 10:52 am
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