Some of you may have your New Year’s eve traditions firmly in place. Until recent years, my New Year’s eve typically involved getting dolled up (fun), heading out to some place with an overpriced entry fee (not fun), and imbibing cocktails with my girlfriends (fun), avoiding the more ridiculous partygoers (perhaps this is why New Year’s eve is snarkily referred to as “amateur night”).
Last year Bri and I did things a little differently. After spending the evening watching old seasons of The Office, we watched the ball drop and promptly went to sleep. We had to be up early to make it to the Hair of the Dog 5k! I felt amazing after that race. It felt really good to start the year off on the right foot- setting a healthy precedent, if you will. That race was my fourth 5k. I’d been running for approximately six months. The farthest I had ever run was 3.1 miles.
On New Year’s Day 2010, I had some big goals for myself. A 14k, a half-marathon, and numerous others. That fourth 5k reaffirmed my commitment to my health and well-being. I felt as though I had turned over a new leaf. Instead of staying up into the wee hours of the night drinking, I made one healthy decision. Which led to some others. Happily, I achieved most of the goals that I set out for myself (which I laid out in excruciating detail in my last post). In part because I rang in 2010 in a new, healthy way. In part because I believed in myself and in my dedication.
This year is no different. Well, health-wise at least. I won’t be spending it with my husband, seeing as how he is halfway around the world. I will, however, be keeping my New Year’s fitness tradition going. On New Year’s eve, the hot yoga studio I belong to is holding a late night “Studio 54” class from 10-11:30 PM. You can bet I will be there 😉 I even conned one of my besties into coming with me (thanks Kristin! 😀 ) On New Year’s day I will be running a 3.5 mile race with some awesome ladies. It feels really good to end the year and begin a new one participating in activities that I have come to love and identify myself with. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2011!
How will you be spending New Year’s eve and day? Don’t worry, I won’t judge if you are out partying. Sometimes that is needed. Though I may call you an amateur 😉