Monday, February 26, 2007

When things can't possibly get worse...

...everyone knows how this cliche ends.

But this is the story of how our cliche actually ended. So, Sarah's 26th birthday was on the 17th of February...which I remembered...without any help. This date also is relatively close to a special know it...Valentine's. So what does a 1st year husband do for this occasion? You guessed it...plan a romantic weekend trip to the place (read Austin, TX) his wife has been begging to go to for months...still with me???

So my game plan (a surprise) a room for the weekend on the executive floor of the downtown Hilton...within walking distance to all of the downtown festivities...a nice relaxing weekend where beautiful weather was forcast...things were looking good.

Game plan execution: we're driving to Austin, I get the reservation confirmation sheet out because it has directions on it...(everyone is thinking...since when did Ryan use directions?!?!)...and I see at the top of the sheet something to the effect of "Ryan Cross - Hilton Hotel Reservation 2/24/2007-2/26/2007". So after freaking out for a second about making reservations for the wrong weekend...we start making phone calls trying to find a room in downtown luck. We park near the Capitol building, and decide we'll try our luck walking around luck. After exhausting 15 ish hotels, we finally ask why every hotel is booked. It appears that the 2007 Austin Marathon is in town and 30,000 or so people were in town for that...

So Sarah in her plot to get even with me for messing up Valentine's Day and her Birthday, cons me into running this stinkin' marathon (26.2 miles of pain) with her (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it). So she had been running 20-25 miles a week...I had run 25 miles in the last two months...MAYBE. So, we run the marathon and stick together the whole time. We finished not only talking to each other, but arms wrapped around each other in a far from World Record time of 5 hours 23 minutes and 14 seconds...not bad for me not training and Sarah running in brand new running shoes.

So that's how our weekend went. It may not have been perfect like you see in the movies...but it was perfect for us.

Picture of our finish:

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