Saturday, January 1, 2011

Running in the new year

New Year's resolutions are like jeggings - a good idea in theory, but after awhile, they lose their luster.  Unless you're a runner.

Pre-race mugshot

Although I've never been one to resolude anything on January 1st, beginning 2011 with a positive outlook seemed like something I could latch onto - especially if it involved a frosty midnight run.  So when a friend suggested ringing in the new year running a 5k instead of kissing random strangers, I leaped at the opportunity and thought the following:

Running + friends + new year + open bar = AWESOMENESS!

"Cheers!" to new beginnings
 And awesome it was.  At the stroke of midnight, I "ran" in the new year with a smile, ecstatic that I was entering 2011 doing something I've loved for most of my life.  As I lapped around the Link, it occurred to me that perhaps resolutions are really enjoyable goals that people set out to achieve instead of bothersome tasks on a "To do" list.

As I blazed into the finish shoot, running 22 minutes and some change, I left 2010 in the dust and had a silent epiphany: A new year means letting go, but also, looking forward. 

Champagne in hand, I toasted to a new year and made a resolution to make 2011 the best running year of my life.  As David Gray suggests, it's  "A new day at midnight."  Indeed, it is.


  1. This is Awesome! Good for you, girl!

  2. Sounds fabulous! Here's to 2011 being the best yet! =)

  3. No New Year's blog post is completing without a Jeggings reference. Well done!

  4. @Nina: It was either that, or a pajama jeans reference. Tough call for sure!

  5. Great pics of you ladies - sounds like a blast!

  6. Great post! Looking forward to reading more in '11!