And man, oh, man do I love starting the new year running. The NYRR Emerald Nuts Midnight Run is probably my favorite race. It's also my favorite way to spend New Year's Eve: fireworks, running, sparkling cider, costumes, cheering, no expectations, no disappointments. It's an unscored race and I didn't even time myself because I was stopping to take pictures, drink cider, call my mom on the way up Cat Hill... My shin burned a couple of times, as it is still wont to do, but overall I felt good.
And I thought I would feel pretty lame running it by myself this year, but there were plenty of other people doing that too. And I also got the feeling that a bunch of people were using it as the kickoff to a healthier 2013, which makes me glad because you really can change your life through running. It's pretty amazing the physical and mental obstacles you can overcome by putting one foot in front of the other.