Wedding Day Run through Burlington

For those of you who don’t know yet, I’m getting married in a few hours, right here in Burlington, Vermont. I’ve been asked a few times if I’m nervous or if I’m getting cold feet or something. I’m not and I haven’t, but it makes me wonder. Am I supposed to be nervous? Is there something wrong with me? Am I missing something? After all, doesn’t Hollywood teach us that everyone completely flips out just before their weddings? If that’s the case, then I’m really out of touch.

Not only am I failing to flip out, but I’ve known my fiancé for years. In the movies, people get married after knowing each other for a few hours. Well, and also after they kill a few spies, ninjas and/or aliens together. Cara and I haven’t witnessed a single Alien Ninja Invasion. We haven’t fortified our apartment against zombie attacks, or fallen into another dimension where we fit into a poorly-written prophesy, or sought revenge against some villain who wronged us in a choppy flashback sequence.

Instead, we just sort of live together and get along pretty well. And we want to keep going. After several years together, we’re very eager to share my work’s insurance coverage and nab that joint-filing tax break. We want to ease our minds by just trying to remember one last name. We want to cement Cara’s belief that our dog, Dublin, is actually our very own human child. We want to have our wedding, and we want to do it before the old people in the family die off.

But I digress. I’m writing this to tell you about this morning’s jitters. I mean, this morning’s run.

I woke up at 5am. I wanted to sleep until about 6:30am, but it was a no-go. Somewhere around 5:30am I posted to Facebook that I was trying to sleep in with little success, and I received a comment soon after. My friend Sara said “GO FOR A RUN!”

Huh. I had been taking a break this week because of some sniffles, so I was feeling a bit edgy. I wasn’t sure if I should go out there. I haven’t determined if the cottonwood trees are getting me with their little snowflake pollen thingies, or if I’m actually getting sick. Yeah, sick. Should I do this?

Well, there’s been a lot of sneezing and I haven’t gotten worse. Also, one Allegra seems to cover me for an entire day. I’m not sick. I decided to go. It’s early, so I didn’t think I’d be too exposed to things, and sweating a bit would clear my sinuses. I got my running stuff on and stepped over my brother. Oh, did I mention that I have three dudes in my apartment? My brother, Andy and Dave. All asleep. My family’s oldest woke up and advised against a run, worried that I would have a freak accident with only five hours to go. I assured him that I would be okay. Minutes later, I was looking at this:

Lovely Lake Champlain
We’ve been so worried about today’s weather, but look at this.

Yep. Clear weather and beauty, all around. I took my iPhone and listened to bluegrass as I ran along Waterfront Park, and found that my head was clearing in more ways than one. My sinuses were getting better, and my mind was clearing up. I guess I really am a bit nervous. It’s a big day, after all. I want things to  go well so Cara can finally stop worrying. I want to put the little rings on.

Rabbit on the Trail
He completely failed to turn into a monster or a robot. I was safe.

As I ran, I started to relax. I felt better. Clearer. And in the back of my mind, I remembered that this is how lots of crime dramas start off. Some dude, about to be married, running out somewhere alone… next thing you know, Nathan Fillion is standing over me and making awful (yet funny) jokes. But no worries. Besides a few bicycles and some other runners, my only encounter was this little guy.

It was just a 5K cruise, but it worked out well. I did my run, cleared my head, stopped worrying in the back of my mind, and returned to my apartment to find everyone still asleep. They stayed that way for a good while longer, too. Then I started the coffee maker, and guys started to float into the kitchen.

I’m ready for today. This is going to be good.

We have 6 comments.

  • Theresa | June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    You may not have found off zombies, but she DID have to listen to you talk about zombie chases. I think this counts.
    In all seriousness, I hope you guys have a wonderful day today.

  • Theresa | June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    And my found I meant fought. Sorry, no coffee yet.

  • Theresa | June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Oh my God. I quit now. BY not MY.

  • sara | June 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    awesome way to start your marriage! congratulations to the both of you…. oh, i SO wish i was there to spend it with you! enjoy your day!

  • Gen | June 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Glad you had a good head-clearing, zombie-free morning. Whether you think you’re nervous or not, there are definitely nerves that run ragged on the morning of a big life change. 🙂 Many congrats to the two of you!!

  • Brian | June 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    This was an important one. I don’t think I could have written it the same way if I hadn’t finished it in one sitting, before the ceremony. But mainly, I want you all to know that I really enjoyed these comments. I still had my phone through most of the morning, just in case someone was in need of last-minute directions. It really helps the nerves to get an encouraging comment. Love you guys. 🙂

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