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October 30th, 2010 was the 33rd annual Tulsa Run 15K.
I do the Tulsa run every year and the only thing different about this year was I was there by myself.
No family, no friends, no support crew.
After warming up and talking to some fellow racers the gun went off. The race had started.
The race wasn’t all that eventful, but what happened next was!
After I crossed the finish line I hung out talking to fellow racing buddies and was waiting for the race results to be posted.
So there I am minding my own business talking to a fellow runner when this girl walks up and starts talking to us.
My first thought was, “Wow, she sure is brave and outgoing.”
I was instantly intrigued.
I introduce myself and stick out my hand. “Hi, my name is Ryan” She responds with “Cassie”.
Through our brief introduction and conversation awaiting the results I learned: she was a senior at Okahoma State University majoring in Early Childhood Education, student teaching in Skiatook and this was her 3rd race ever.
The results were then posted and my world got rocked!
This girl had ran a 1:17 15K! Now I was very impressed! She didn’t run in high school. She didn’t run seriously in college. Yet, she ran that fast in her first Tulsa Run and 3rd race ever!
This chic was a stud!
As we watched the award ceremony I learned that she was doing another local race 3 weeks from then and thought I sure would like to see this girl again!
I can’t explain it, but there was just something about her. I wanted to know more.
So there I am… I know that it’s about time for us both to go our separate ways. I’m scrambling trying to come up with a non creepy line and excuse to see her again.
Things like, “Wanna go for a run sometime?” “Are you on facebook?” or “Maybe I’ll see you at the next race.”
Yeah that wasn’t happening.
I decided to not be “That Creepy Guy” and just say, “It was nice to meet you. Maybe I’ll see you around.”
But I had a plan. I knew how fast she ran. I knew her first name. Later than afternoon I looked up the results online.
The plan was to find her results, get on Facebook and write a message saying: “Hey, you did awesome today. I just wanted to let you know the results had been posted. Congrats on a great race! Maybe we can go for a run sometime.”
The reason for this message was to not sound like a creeper and to have a reason for messaging her. I thought the plan was brilliant!
I log on Facebook ready to find the girl that I have been thinking about since meeting her.
And what do I find? I have a friend request from a Cassie Brown.
In my efforts to not be a creeper she was a total and complete creeper! She didn’t even send a message!
We immediately began getting to know each other and dating. Seven weeks prior to a year of meeting I proposed in Switzerland. We then planned our wedding in seven weeks so that we could run the 2011 Tulsa Run that morning and get married later in the afternoon with a running themed wedding!
Now, of course, this is all my perspective on how we met. You can read Cassie’s perspective which is a little different than mine.