You’re Doing What?

We’re having a group run as part of our rehearsal dinner festivities.

Yep.

Now, before everyone freaks out, no, the run will not be required! And yes, we’re still having a dinner (we’re calling it a welcome dinner now) and a time to relax and not do strenuous things.

But we love to run. Remember when I told you about my sisters and the bond we have with running? I’m more than thrilled to have this chance for all of us to run together—a lot of sisters would go get manicures together before the wedding; we go for a run together (although maybe we’ll get manicures too).

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Personal photo / The three of us after a Thanksgiving run last fall!

Some of our friends will be joining us as well. We’re not going to be racing—ahem, I say that but I’m pretty sure as competitive as some of us are this could prove less than true. On Saturday’s long run I mapped out a course that I think will work. It’s a two-and-a-half-mile loop around the park where we’re holding the welcome dinner. It starts at the shelter and wanders up and around the baseball fields, up a steep hill (oops, sorry about that, everyone’s thighs), along the trail down by the river, around the dog park, down past some beautiful houses, and back along the river to the shelter.

Clevela

Image via Cleveland Park / Awesome Paint skillz by me

I’ve gotten positive feedback on it so far. Some of our friends are excited about running with us, and those who aren’t interested don’t seem bothered at all that we’re going to run for 25 or 30 minutes at the end of the welcome dinner. We’re titling the event the “Pre-Wedding Run & Fun in the Park,” and everyone is invited. We’d love to have guests come and hang out after dinner and either run with us or just enjoy the park! There’s an amazing playground for younger kids, great walking trails, and plenty of tables and benches.

The schedule will be something like this:

  • 5:30 – Welcome dinner with our immediate families and out-of-town guests
  • 6:30 – Invite all guests down to the park to hang out
  • 7:30 – Anyone who wants to is welcome to run.
  • 8:30 – Everyone leaves the park around dusk!

I totally understand that there will probably only be a handful of us running. But I’m still more excited about this than anything else—besides the wedding itself, of course!

Anyone else doing something a little less than conventional the night before your wedding? Do you want to come run with me??

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 2:17 pm

    I love that you are doing something different! We haven’t started planning our rehearsal dinner yet but I Think doing something different would be fun!

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    Mila G, Guest @ 2:23 pm

    I went to a wedding where they did a morning run on the day of the wedding – everyone seemed to like it!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:24 pm

    Such a great idea! But I’m curious, how are you going to run on a full tummy? I find I can’t run within literally 2 hours of eating or drinking anything!!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:36 pm

    @mkelove: It fits for us! I definitely think it’s fun to do something a little different that reflects you as a couple :)

    @Mila G: Our wedding starts at 11:00am and there’s no way this girl is getting up that early ;) I considered it but it was just way too much! I think this works out better.

    @lealorali: Well hopefully we’ll have an hour & a half to let my food settle! I probably couldn’t race or run hard but an easy run isn’t a big deal. I do it fairly often in training.

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    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:48 pm

    That sounds like an awesome idea! I love fun runs — especially wedding fun runs :)

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 3:13 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I love that you are incoporating something so special to you!

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    mrscvsomeday 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:05 pm

    This sounds lovely to me! :) I’ve actually run this route when in Greenville to visit my sisters, so I love that I can picture it. :) And running is soooo stress-relieving; I used to want to do at least an hour run the morning of my wedding, but as logistics will make that tough, a last fun run the night before is the perfect compromise. :) (I totally love crazy runner people – its infectious fun! :) )

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    OnceUponATime 1683 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:18 pm

    I love this group run! In fact.. my BMs and I are doing an 8am group run on the morning of the wedding :D

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:50 pm

    That sounds like so much fun!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:51 pm

    I hate running, but I think it’s really cute that you’re planning on doing something that you love to do with your sisters, so rock on, girlfriend!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:04 pm

    I think this sounds like a great way to relieve some wedding stress!

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    MrHT 40 posts, Newbee @ 9:47 pm

    I love this group run! In fact.. That sounds like so much fun!

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    shaniqua 186 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:29 am

    Running right after dinner?

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 4:19 am

    @Miss Lemur: Aww, you’re so good!! Have fun, I think it sounds like a great idea. I wanted to run a local 10-miler on the Sunday after my Friday night wedding and everyone is saying Hell no, do not do it!!

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    krh48 1 posts, Wannabee @ 6:02 am

    Great idea! I was the MOH in a wedding that did a hash run the Thursday before the wedding and it was so much fun. The theme was “White Wedding” and everyone wore awful white dresses, even the guys! We had about a 3 mile course and we had stops along the way to do activities like sing “White Wedding” or have a drink. It was a lot of fun, even for the non-runners.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:17 am

    @Mrs. Bear Cub: I say fun run now but I’m pretty sure that last mile will turn out to be a race ;) Haha I’m hoping everyone will have a good time though! Definitely no pressure to run if they don’t want to.

    @new york bride 13: I just want this wedding to be us! In ten years, I hope to still be running and to look back and remember this with fondness :)

    @MrsCVsomeday: Really?? That’s amazing! I love the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville! I’m going to miss it when I move away. I would love to run the morning of my wedding too but logistics are so not going to make it possible :( so this is the next best thing! Keep me updated on what you decide to do!!

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    mswallaby 2062 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:19 am

    Aww that sounds fun!! I would totally do it! :)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:25 am

    @OnceUponATime: If I had an afternoon or evening wedding I would SO be doing this too! Glad to hear I’m not so weird after all.

    @Blonde17Jess: Haha I totally get it’s not for everyone! I still might try to convince you to start running though ;)

    @shaniqua: Fortunately will have an hour and a half or two hours to let our food digest! And it will be an easy short run.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 am

    @lealorali: Haha I don’t know if I would do it right after the wedding! I feel like I’ll just be wiped out… but props on the 10-miler! That’s awesome!

    @krh48: Haha this sounds awesome! I love hearing your guys’ stories about things you guys have done! Maybe I’ll be able to incorporate some of these ideas :)

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Wanna make a trip out from Houston?? Haha I’m still in the process of convincing some of my friends ;)

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    mrscvsomeday 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:50 am

    What a tiny, teeny world. Just hit me this morning why you look remarkably familiar…our respective little sisters are running buddies, I’m pretty sure. I’ll send you a PM! :) :)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 10:15 am

    @MrsCVsomeday: Your PM just killed me. So funny! I can’t believe our connection… yep, the two younger sisters are definitely running buddies & best friends :) looking forward to cheering both of our sisters on in their marathon next weekend!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:21 am

    Girl, I don’t know whether or not to commend you or tell you you’re bananas. ;) I can barely walk, let alone run. . .after eating! Ahhh!

    Let’s be honest, this is just straight up jealousy. I don’t have the motivation, dedication and/or drive to do anything like this. I LOVE that you’re providing this option for your guests though and love that you’re tying it in to something you and your sisters love.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 12:47 pm

    Miss L this is such a fun and unique idea, plus it’ll help temporarily relieve any wedding stress you may be feeling. Are you planning on going for a run the morning of your wedding too?

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