LOVE HARDER , EAT BETTER & EXPLORE FURTHER
It's hasn't been long since we were celebrating our nuptials on a beach somewhere. I'll tell you all about that (or mostly), but first you should hear about the day I finally wed my beautiful bride!
Wedding Morning Recap
Liz and I tried to add a little tradition to our typically non-traditional way of life, so we spent our wedding night apart. The 6:00 A.M. alarm came way too early, but the coffee was shortly ready, and Tyler (Best Man) didn't even struggle that much against being woken. We were responsible for marking the 5k course and needed to get started. We marked the course with leftover wedding ribbon, which is totally invisible when hanging from a tree. As we ran back into the parking lot after marking, I caught my first sight of Liz. I was so happy to see her charging towards me since we had fought a little over something silly the night before. Her big hug set the tone for the rest of the day as we celebrated with our friends and family.
Wedding Day Controlled Chaos
After the 5k, we retreated with my brother and sister-in-law back to the apartment for a few minutes peace and coffee before the crazy started. I think that was the last time I sat still for the rest of the day. Tyler was the MVP. I abandoned him at the Lumberyard to start setting up while I rushed to grab the bride's gift from my secret hiding spot. Tyler and Michael had everything well under control when I made it back. The tables were bedecked and my parents were unloading the cakes. My posse (aka groomsmen) skedaddled back to the apartment with the intent of grabbing a cool beverage and relaxing until our part of the show; however, there were bowties... Among the four fully grown men, none had the skills required to tie those things. Enter youtube and every mirror-ish surface in a small apartment. We struggled for over an hour against those little devices. Three dudes in a tiny bathroom and another in front of the microwave. Multiple youtube instructionals played. Finally, voilà! Tied bowties and only 10 minutes to spare.
The Nuptial Event
In standard Liz form, she sauntered down the aisle with her father, and I'm pretty sure said "Hi" or "What's up" to at least half the people there. She had the biggest grin on her face, while I was fighting back happy tears and trying to hold it together long enough to recite the vows I prepared. She was beautiful. I started reading from my vows, but just decided to wing it. Cary got misty eyed, not gonna lie. Our officiant, Jenny, said some awesome words, and finally let me make out with my wife. I think someone said "get a room." Then I took my bride's hand and headed out the door as she said "see ya' lata!" in her best Southie accent (meaning south of Boston to all us normal people).
After we finished making out behind the fountain. We scrambled around taking as many photos as we could in as little time as possible. Luckily, we had a race photographer, Rachel, on duty so she was used to following runners around. A few shots with family, a few with the parties, and then off to the street we run on almost daily. The party really got started after we came back. Our favorite local band, Falcon Punch, was up on stage taking requests. It was a crowd full of ultrarunners so endurance wasn't a problem. Dancing, eating, and drinking continued until the staff kicked us out.
The Best Part (aka Honeymoon)
Early Sunday, we headed south to Pensacola. It's a five and a half hour drive down to the coast, and the only entertaining sights south of Birmingham are a few odd town names like "Pine Apple." Once we hit Pensacola, we stopped bayside at the Fishhouse to join the other Easter Brunch parties. I think we were a little under dressed, but we didn't care. We had our first seafood of the trip and stretched out legs at a park beside the bay before heading to our hotel, The Margaritaville.
While I was parking the car, Liz requested some bubbly for our honeymoon lodging. We had a gulf view room on the top floor. Pretty swanky. We relaxed in the room for a bit, but we both felt the urge for a run after the long drive. The road out to Fort Pickens was perfect. A couple of miles of hotels and a long stretch of dunes extending for miles with a bike lane along the side of the road.
That night, we settled into some oysters and seafood at Peg Leg Pete's based on a friend's recommendation. The food was great and atmosphere on the balcony was perfect with a little live music drifting up from the bar below. Being ever hungry runners, we started planning our next meal as soon as we finished this one and asked the waiter for his recommendations. Any time waiters at different restaurants recommend the same place, you should probably go there.
Monday was a rest day for us so we took it easy in the morning and went for a walk along the beach to some of the shops where we acquired the sexy hat in the picture above. We spent the rest of the day lounging on the beach with music, beer and Kindles, only taking breaks to play in the water and eat. Lunch was served at Red Fish Blue Fish at the patio bar. It included some bay fish and a few local beers. The proprietor of the place was sampling some new beach bucket mixed drink blends and decided we looked in need of a freebie. We walked back to our beach chair with a small beach pail and straws. The evening ended with dinner at the Grand Marlin sitting with a great view of the bay and included a variety of great seafood and the enjoyable company of my hot wife.
Luke Hough & Liz Canty
Liz Canty and Luke Hough. Co-habitants who like to run, race, explore and drink much too expensive beer. Read along through the awesome, the sweaty, the daily life and the occasional bickering over which running shoes are the best…