The month of April was especially exciting for Wilson County Ginny Patterson. Patterson ran in her first-ever Boston Marathon on April 17th - and got engaged to her man, Dan Roszkowski the next day.
"We had dinner reservation and we were walking to the restaurant or at least I thought we were. He stopped me on the bridge in the Gardens and started talking about our lives and he gets down on one knee and proposes," Patterson remembered. "All along a photographer was getting all the shots. They did our engagement photos right after the proposal."
Patterson, a mom of two, said she and Dan met online.
"As crazy as that sounds," she added. The couple share a passion for fitness.
Patterson has always been athletic.
As a third grader at Watertown Elementary School, back-in-the-day, Patterson won her first race. It was a 1-mile fun run. She continued to win the race every year, until sixth grade when a male classmate beat her.
"They didn't have a track team when I was in high school, so I played basketball and softball," she said. Coaches appreciated having Patterson on their teams - mainly because she was so darn fast.
She graduated from Watertown High School and went on to MTSU for college.
After playing softball for one year in college at Middle Tennessee State University, Patterson decided to call it quits and refocus on her studies.
"That's when I really started doing races. Now races are a big hype, but back then they were more of a rarity," she told the Wilson Post in an earlier interview. "I've always had a competitive drive."
Patterson ran her first Half-Marathon in 2005 and completed her first full Marathon in 2010.
She, of course, was also selected for a spot in the 2017 Boston Marathon.
"I finished the Boston Marathon in 4:10:17. It wasn't my goal time, but the heat was a factor," she said. "It makes me want to work hard to get back there and do it again."
Patterson works in marketing for BME, Inc. - Commercial and Industrial HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing.
When she isn't working, she spends time with her kids, Drew Agee, 12, and Rylee Agee, 10.
"Motherhood made me realize the love my mother had for me," she said. '
Patterson named her mom, the late Linda Thompson Patterson, as the woman she most admires.
"She was so inspiring and motivated. She went to college and received her Bachelor's degree with two young boys and went on to get her Masters and Doctorate. She strived every day to put the Lord first in her life," she said. "I got to watch someone first hand walk the walk, not just talk the talk. She was always willing to help others out. She really did always seem to put other people's needs before her own."