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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 Emily (The Culinary Couple)

    I remember the fireman photo! And now he’s going to be your husband! That is beyond exciting. Congratulations again!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Jesse

    congrats! enjoy your engagement, its a truly magical time :)

    February 4, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Tiffany C.

    Congrats!! That is so exciting! You two make a cute couple!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Angel

    Congratulations- enjoy all of the planning, and then celebrate!!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Jessica

    ahhhhh CONGRATS!!!! I remember seeing that fireman picture, y’all are adorable together.

    I wish you two happiness and love, and a lifetime full of laughter!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Heather

    Congrats!! You two looks so cute and happy!

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

    Oh my gosh – congratulations!!! So exciting!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:23 am
  • Reply megan

    Wahoo congrats!!!!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Amy

    Yahoooo!!!! Congrats Danica! Very cute couple indeed…

    February 4, 2011 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Nic

    Soooo happy for you!!! I’m glad we get to be forgetful and lose our minds together!!

    Love you sis! Congrats!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Sassy Molassy

    BAH!!! So exciting, Danica! I thought something was up about you going to Portland. It just seemed like there was more to the story than you just randomly going there and running a 5k. So happy you found the man of your dreams. I love how he proposed too. Totally on the fly and not too planned out or anything. Cute.

    February 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I already told you on Twitter, but I’m so excited for you!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply chacha

    Congrats! Way to drop a bomb on your blog! A good one, of course :o)

    Ring is not important – good that your posting it and feeding our superficiality ;-)

    February 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply janese

    OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I’ve followed your blog for a while now! So awesome!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Tim

    WOW! Congrats! Super-Happy for you!!! Woot!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Aj

    Congratulations Danica! May you have many years of happiness together!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    One word:


    February 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Sheryl

    Congratulations! =) you guys have such a super cute story, and I can’t believe you kept it underwraps for so long! Although I totally understand about keeping some personal stuff to yourself (: I do the same, too! Congrats again and have a great year planning!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    OMG Danica! CONGRATULATIONS! You have totally been holding out on us. hahaha

    He is ADORABLE and you make a gorgeous couple. Seriously, I am so happy for you!!!!!

    Notice how you are on the same side of him in almost every single picture. Sorry, I notice random things. :)

    February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Lizzy

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting and such a wonderful engagement story. I am getting married next month, enjoy all the planning and fun leading up to the BIG DAY.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    OMG, Congrats! You guys are so stinking cute together!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Alis Grave Nil

    Congratulations! So happy for you. :)

    February 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Nicki

    I totally understand your reasoning for keeping this part of your life removed from the blog, but I’m so happy you decided to share it now! It is fun to see all these pictures and share in your excitement!! :) You guys are such a beautiful couple!! Love all the pictures! :)

    One of my running friends actually ran a race the morning of her wedding. She ran in a fake veil and shirt that read “Last Mile Before the Aisle”. I thought it was pretty cute! I’m not sure I could have done that, but it’s really cool to me that she did.

    Congrats again!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Meghan

    So so exciting! And I love the post. Best wishes!!

    p.s. the ring is amazing!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Sesa

    Best wishes — you two look great together!

    February 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply lindsay catav

    Congrats Danica! So happy for you both, enjoy every moment of your new journey :)

    February 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Gina

    Danica, congrats!

    You two are so cute together.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Abigail

    Congrats Again! I tagged you for an award!

    February 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Shelly

    Congrats! I’ve been wondering!!!! I mean you’re way too sweet and adorable not to have someone special and it was never mentioned. He’s super cute, too!
    Im happy for you!!!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So awesome! I’m so happy for you!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    Congratulations Danica! You two are an adorable couple and your ring looks GORGEOUS! :)

    February 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Congratulations Danica!! Enjoy the great time planning the wedding!! You are an adorable couple!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Lizzy

    SOOOOOO EXCITING!!! Congratulations!! Such an amazing story : )

    February 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Maite

    OMG congratulations!!!!!!
    you look adorable

    best wishes ever from barcelona, spain

    you are glowing , enjoy it


    February 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Joyce DZ

    Congratulations! You are a beautiful pair. :)

    February 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! I love how excited you are to share him with us! :)

    February 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    OMG, Congrats!!! I saw a twitter post of yours that I thought might mean engagement but I wasn’t sure. So happy for you!!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Carlos

    HUGE news! Congratulations Danica! Very happy for the excellent news! Now lets get that boy out on that marathon course to RUN like the rest of us…lol! CONGRATS!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Sasha

    Contests! So excited for you!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Sasha

    Damn autocorrect! congrats!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    OMG!! So happy for you guys! (I remember when I called you out on always posting that pic & you emailed me & said he’s your bf!)

    I remember when I got engaged, when my hubby opened the ring box, I thought, “Whoa! That’s a big diamond!”

    Enjoy the wedding planning!

    February 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Chrissie


    February 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Laina

    OMG!!! I could CRY!!!! You are GREAT at keeping it real girl!!! I LOVE to follow your blog and had a few suspicions that something was UP!!!! FIRST that you mentioned your other girlfriend was going to move in with you and Shea and then every time you mentioned a guy friend introducing you to swimming!!!!
    You have such a fun life!!! But WHAT are you going to do without Shea’s fab wardrob? Just kidding!!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply rachel

    AHHAAAHAHAHAAH!!!! that’s amazing… and congrats. I LOVE it. :) I’d love to see the ring and am so so happy for you!

    February 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Lauren P


    February 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Tina

    CONGARTS!! So exciting! :)

    February 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Susan - Nurse on the Run

    Congrats Danica! That’s awesome, and what a cute story. :)

    February 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    Congratulations! Best of luck to you both!

    February 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Vera

    YAY!!!! Congratulations!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Oh girl, congratulations!!!!
    Y’all look SO CUTE together too!

    February 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm
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