I ran this race with Husband one year (he vowed never to do it again). Another year I ran it with a running buddy from my first TNT season (we wore glittery HNY tiaras and ran with noisemakers). Last year I signed up to run it with EN, but ended up home sick in bed and feeling sorry for myself. This year, I paid $40 to run this 4-miler (hello ripoff?!) because I am nothing if not stubborn. The plan was to meet my friends, DT and her husband DT, and run with them. They have each run marathons, and completed IronMans–talk about tough cookies! Since I didn’t want to spend a lot of time standing around in the cold (the rain & snow had stopped, fortunately), I cut my arrival at the race pretty close and I had just enough time to hope the fence and jump into the line of runners shuffling towards the starting line, leaving me no time to find the two DTs in the mass of humanity. The festive air barely registered as I walked into Central Park and to bag watch along the 72nd Street Transverse; holidays always leave me a melancholy and even though I have plenty to look forward to in 2010, I was still feeling a little sad.
The clock struck twelve, though, and everyone around me turned to their friends and lovers for hugs and kisses. I had my chin down and was keying my Blackberry (yes I felt a bit pathetic), since Husband was at the Beacon Theater watching Gov’t Mule, and various friends had begun texting me their warm wishes. It was just me and Little G running in the New Year: the fireworks were truly beautiful, the revelers in the park cheered us as we ran, and the other runners were full of glee. It was hard to resist, so I let my spirits be lifted up, even as my thoughts spiraled deeper inside myself. I was thinking hard about what the next twelve months would have in store for me, so hard in fact that when DT called out my name I was so startled I gave a big scream of fright. I had caught up to them! Sweet. The next three miles were spent sharing news, cracking jokes, and commenting on the various costumes around us. One woman was out there in this silver-sequined cocktail/disco dress. That dress was a real eyecatcher and she looked great in it! Maybe she was in her late 40’s but she totally pulled it off.
The 4 miles (4.07 miles according to trusty Little G) took us 43:24, but I stopped my watch when the two DT’s paused for the port-a-potties–after all, it’s just a fun run (no D-tags for this event). At first, when I thought I would be running the race alone, I wanted to plow through it as quickly as possible and head home. But once I found DT, it felt right to slow down and savor the moment a little. I believe holidays are strange, arbitrary days; I’d rather celebrate birthdays, the successes of friends and family. But last night I wasn’t entirely opposed to participate in a communal party, since after all I do have high hopes for 2010. What are these hopes & goals? Well, I’ll share the running-related ones with you all:
STAY HEALTHY. Can’t achieve any of my goals if this one doesn’t happen. This goal will be reached by the following: integrating strenght and corework into my weekly training calendar, and adjusting training plans and speed/distance goals according to how my body is feeling.
RUN THE VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON. Couldn’t do it last year because of my little-yet-loud adductor brevis, but ooh I really want to run all five World Marathon Majors marathons and this is going to be the second. Right now I have no particular time goals but it sure would be a kick if I could PR. Doubt I’ll get a BQ time, though.
FIT INTO MY BLUE DRESS. I have had this dress for years, it was a gift from my mother. It’s an office dress, cornflower blue with a boat neckline and three-quarter sleeves with cuffs; the hem hits right below my knee. I know I’m the proper weight when I can fit into this dress. The last time I wore it, which was over 6 months ago, one of the more reserved (& straight) male editors on my floor was moved to remark that I looked “especially lovely” that day. It’s just a fantastic dress but my hips are still too wide to wear it.
GREEN MOUNTAIN RELAY. Even though I said I would never captain a relay team after the last GMR, when our captain for a 2010 12-person relay team backed out again I decided I couldn’t live without this race. So I found myself a co-captain and we put together a team. We have about a quarter of our 2009 team back, a couple of runners back from the 2008 team, and Matt. This is just a sentimental favorite for me and I hope I can run it every year. I have no time goals or whatever, I just want to participate in the event.
A COUPLE OF PRs, as possible. I’m not specifying the distance or the goal time, but if my fitness, training schedule, and race schedule permits, I’d like to try and set a few new PRs. It worked out well for the 8k and 15k late this year, so I think I’ll follow that model.
A special shout out to AC, who spotted me for the second time on a race course merely from my white stripey horned hat. You should all check out her blog–she writes about running around Upper Manhattan with as much affection and delight as I do–and follow her on Twitter @runamyrun.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! BRING IT 2010!