Friday, January 7, 2011

Running and Wedding Planning

TGIF...big time!!!! This week has almost felt like a slow spiral out of control since it started. Monday started so nicely with a plan in place and goals for the week, and slowly but surely my beautifully crafted plan was butchered- what else is new?!!?!

So on the running front: I have run every day this week, and I have been pretty speedy, maybe its the cold, or the unnecessary stress that is creeping in, but I could not seem to run fast enough this week. Now I will say there was not very much far running due to other factors, but running is running.

Monday- 5 mile bridge run + core
Tuesday- 4 miles "easy" 36:13 (9:03 pace) + 40 mins XT and core
Wednesday- Indoor track workout thanks to rain 5 Miles total, 4x400, 2x1600 @hmp: 5 Miles- 43:35 (8:43 pace)
Thursday- 25 mins XT + weights + 4 Miles- 34:10 (8:33 pace)

So yeah a speedy week for me. Other than the 400s I was really not trying to go fast I just kept wanting to go faster, and it felt good. Hopefully my whole run faster = race faster thing works :)

Wedding Planning

So I have been engaged for 2 weeks, and in 2 weeks we have manged to:
-set a date
-buy a dress
-pick my 4 bridesmaids
-pick the 4 groomsmen (not that they know who they are yet:)
-look at venues
-decide on a venue, although nothing is booked yet
-create, destroy, and rebuild a guest list
-lose interest in the whole wedding thing all together

I know that seems like a lot to do in such a short time when we should be enjoying our newly engaged status, but the truth is, we all had last week off so it made sense to start doing things. Also, after 6 years of dating, goodness knows we don't want or need a long engagement, not to mention I have helped plan so many weddings that the routine is very easy for me, no need to have to figure it all out, so this whole process is going to move fast.

Having worked in event planning and coordinated other weddings before, I have been so very objective about everything we are doing, I don't think about anything from an emotional standpoint except for maybe the whole vows thing;) And to be honest that is driving everyone else nuts because I am pointing out all the flaws with their dream wedding plans, and why the idea is so inefficient. I just feel like if you are going to waste money on something like a wedding, at least do it right.

How cynical I know, you would think I don't want to get married, and it's the total opposite, I am SO excited for John and I to be married, but the whole wedding thing just isn't fun anymore, and I was always the person who wanted the huge, rediculous, over the top wedding! I would rather have a quality party for our nearest and dearest than a half-ass get together for those I don't know.

So I pose a very important question: whether you have been the bride, bridesmaid, or just a guest, do you think a wedding is really worth the hype? Is it best to go big or go home? Do you invite the whole world and scale back the party? I would rather have a very memorable and unique experience for our closest friends and family that some rediculous blowout with crappy food.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. I understand! Hence, why I am planning a wedding for two in late April/early May. We'll have a reception sometime next year, but we'd rather just go ahead and get married!!! You'll make the right decision for sure - either way, you'll be beautiful and you'll be married at the end of the day!!!

  2. Holy smokes girl you have accomplished a lot in 2 weeks!!! To answer your question, I am of the mind that weddings are the biggest waste of money ever! Sue me for thinking this way but I want no part of a big expensive wedding. Unfortunately Spike is not of the same mind. When we finally do get engaged and have to start planning I've already told him that if he insists that we can't elope and just have a huge party after then he has to plan it. The mere thought of planning the details, wasting all that money on things no one really cares about and dealing with inviting my insane family makes me weak in the knees. (And not in a good way.) I'd rather blow all that money on an unforgettable honeymoon!!!

    That being said, whatever you plan will be perfect for you and I can't wait to read all about it... and see pictures... so I can ooh and aah over them! :) Have a great weekend chica!

  3. You had a great running week. Good job. Weddings are the ultimate day! Well worth the hype. Congrats!

  4. I totally hear you on trying to fit running, wedding planning, and your LIFE all together!! I'm down to the last two months before my wedding, and the to-do list just doesn't seem to get shorter! Initially we wanted a tiny, intimate wedding and a fantastic honeymoon, but after family members offered to pay for the entire thing, we decided to have a wedding with family and close friends, and a fantastic honeymoon. This sounds fine until you know that our immediate family ALONE is over 90 people!! Yes, 90! Insane. So we ended up with about 150 people (I originally thought 50 was huge), and we're doing heavy orderves, tons of desserts, wine and beer. It will be delicious, but it won't be a sit-down, plated dinner. It will be like a cocktail party style, where people can mix and mingle and not get bored sitting at the same table the whole night. This is much more "us," and even though it sounds great and fun, it still requires a TON of work.

    I honestly think that if I didn't have the future hubs to keep my steady and remind me how much we love our huge crazy family and why we're doing this, I would have scrapped the whole thing already and eloped. Heck, that was what I wanted to do in the first place. But I'm hoping that what everyone tells me is true--that it will all be worth it, that we'll have an amazing time with our family and friends, that the little things that go wrong won't matter at the end of the day.

    Good luck with planning your wedding! It's definitely a journey of self-discovery!

  5. First off, congrats on your upcoming wedding! I had to go back and read about your engagement! I was married (sadly divorced now), and we did a mid-sized wedding w/ about 100 guests. I think whatever wedding you want, you should have. If a big wedding is stressing you out, scale back. If you want a huge wedding, then do that. It's all about celebrating your new life with your soul mate. If that's the two of you on a secluded beach, there you go. It's YOUR day (and your man, haha). Do what makes you happy. :)

  6. AHHHHH OMG!!! I am so behind on your blog. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! You are going to be the most beautiful bride ever. I love that you are entering in the details please keep them coming. You are super speedy and I love that you ran every day last are amazing. About the wedding I wanted a smaller one but my parents wanted a huge one...they got what they wanted and I was fine as long as I didn't have to pay for it. It was really fun but I am all about celebrating the actual marriage/ceremony but girl it is up to YOU....don't let others decide for you! Hope you are having an amazing day!