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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 risten @ That Hoosier Girl

    Congratulations! How exciting!!! This was my first time stopping by the blog and what an awesome first post to get to read!

    February 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Congratulations Danica! What a cute story. Thanks for sharing it with your readers. That’s funny that he doesn’t want to pay to run. I’m on a grad student’s penny-pinching income and I never even think twice about it. Ha we runners are a crazy bunch!

    February 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Tori Dog Runs

    Yeah! So happy for you both. You’ll love being married. It’s super fun. Every time I look at my husband I think, “I can’t believe this amazing man fell in love with me.” Wishing you both all the best.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Lacey

    This is SOO exciting! Congrats Danica. I wish you all the best luck in the future, you are going to make a gorgeous bride!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful story and he is a cutie!!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Colleen

    That is so exciting, and so sneaky how you just casually put that picture up on twitter! I’m so so happy for you!! Being married is the best! :) I don’t know why you’d want to wait a whole year, though! (That’s coming from a Utah girl where engagments around here are usually like 3-4 months though!!) Good luck with all the planning and everything!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Matthew McGarity

    (high five) So happy for both of you — welcome to the club. :)

    February 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply liane

    Congrats!! You two are an adorable couple :)

    February 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    congratulations danica! i’m so excited for you and look forward to reading lots of wedding planning posts!

    February 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Molly

    Congrats! You better do some wedding posts!

    February 5, 2011 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    Fantastic! Congratulations. I always did wonder how a girl like you could be single!! which i had to assume as there was never mention of a man.


    February 5, 2011 at 1:49 am
  • Reply The Laminator

    Congrats on your engagement D! Fabulous news. So excited for you =)

    February 5, 2011 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Ellell


    February 5, 2011 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Jumper 2.0


    February 5, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    You know I’m thrilled to pieces for you!!!!!!!!!!! In fact I was down right giddy!!!

    I wanted to tell the Husband you got engaged but since he doesn’t know you I figured he’d think it weird. But then he saw me texting a congrats your way and asked who you were. lol Problem solved!

    Anywho – point is you always look happy beyond work with F and his family. That kind of joy can’t be faked. And it’s worth hanging on to for the rest of your life!

    I’m so happy you two found your lobsters! :)

    February 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Samyra

    Yay!!! I love the story – it’s adorable. Congrats!!!

    February 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Mrs.CJ


    February 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply bree

    OMGOMGOMGOMG I no joke had to read this 2 times to see if my eyes were right. CONGRATS girl!!! WOOOOOT

    February 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Missy

    Wow! Congrats! That’s awesome and he’s a hottie! So happy for you.
    Also both you and Nicole engaged at the same time, yall should run a race together in theme of your engagements!

    February 6, 2011 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Congratulations!!! Firemen make the best husbands! Ps totally want to see the ring!

    February 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Runeatrepeat


    February 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    Congratulations…does this mean we have to stop WWF?

    February 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply

    Congratulations! And many many happy years with your hubby to be!

    February 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply skinnyrunner

    what?!? holy cow, CONGRATULATIONS!!

    February 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    Congratulations! Marrying your soul mate is such a blessing. I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

    February 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Ann Marie

    That is terrific news!!!

    February 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Alisa


    February 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Sara

    CONGRATS!!! You know, I remember thinking when you posted that pic of you and the ‘fireman,’ I thought, “She should totally date him!” :) SO happy for you! I love LOVE stories!

    February 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    YAYYYY! Congratulations :)

    February 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Ahhhh Danica! Congratulations. PS~ I got engaged this weekend too! Your fiance is a hottie. I am emailing you for ring pics!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:24 am
  • Reply lindsay

    super belated congrats!!! so exciting! you guys are a hot couple :)

    February 7, 2011 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Kim

    CONGRATS!!!! That is soooo exciting :)

    February 7, 2011 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Rae


    February 7, 2011 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Brittaney @ Fit Chick Britt

    I’m so excited for you! I totally forgot to say yes when my husband proposed. Good thing your fiance said “this is for real” because my reaction was to say “Is this for real” like 3 times after I already had the ring on and he said, “You never answered the question.” I said yes of course :-) I can’t wait to hear more about the wedding. Happy wedding planning!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Verena

    Congrats. So happy for you guys and he is very handsome…

    February 7, 2011 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Fiona

    OMG! So excited for you. I sound like a creeper but I’ve been reading your blog forever so I feel like a friend got engaged ha ha

    Also, the rest are right- he’s well cute!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Kori

    Aah congratulations!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you! Enjoy the wedding planning. It’s so much fun.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Karen

    Delurking to say congratulations! Best wishes to you!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Crystal Fish


    February 7, 2011 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Congrats to you! How exciting that you found your love!
    I’ll tell you right now, planning a wedding is a lot of work! I underestimated it myself and I am feeling the pressure :-/ Buy one of those wedding binder/books…they are the biggest help!
    Also e-mail me if you need any recommendations, I hired a day of wedding planner and I think she is going to knock my socks off!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Christy

    ahhh!!! so exciting!! Congratulations, Danica!! Your engagement story is a little like mine because I was definitely a little grumpy right before my guy proposed. I had just spilled a little coffee on myself & I was wondering if we were going to miss our train downtown because of a little detour he was taking me on. Of course, it was all worth it. :) I’m going email you for pics of the ring!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Ally

    AHAH!!! Congratulations, Danica! I am so, so, so happy for you! What a wonderful blessing. And just from what you’ve hinted at on the blog, it seems like he has a great family and loves you–how awesome! Eeek. Ok, I’m done geeking out with excitement for you. Well, for now at least.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Nelly


    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Glamorous Newlywed

    Congratulations! You both look SO happy… can’t wait to hear more details about the wedding plans, etc :)

    February 7, 2011 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Brandi

    Awww Congrats girlie!! Such wonderful news!!!! You two make an adorable couple!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Rommel

    You guys already look alike! Congrats! Someone finally caught up to you!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Kirbey

    Congrats! He’s a cutie and your ring is so dang pretty!!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    :) I’m so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to see it!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    CONGRATULATIONS!! It’s a super fun and exciting time!!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm
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