something old, something new

Happy 2012, blog readers!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Yes I know I’m slacking in blogging again.ย  Blame the post-holidays craziness at work…

So New Year’s 2011/2012 weekend came and went.ย  The theme for those few days is represented well by the title…seeing old friends, as well as new(er) as well.ย  The “old”?ย  Well not by age, but a Flyer friend who moved far north in 2010 (wow, I can’t say “last year” anymore) came to visit for a few days, and we caught up over a few beers at Ginger Man and a short Central Park run the following day.

Then Saturday, New Year’s Eve Day, brought a run to the Doughnut Plant.ย  (Much better writeup on Susan’s blog, here you’re getting the abbreviated version ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Over the Brooklyn Bridge, back over the Williamsburg…can you guess who coordinated this run, just from hearing a rough version of the route? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Anyway, it was a nice, chill run-good to see some I hadn’t seen in a long time, and meet new runners/bloggers!ย  And how great was it that it was shorts weather on December 31st?ย  Anyway, the Doughnut Plant is definitely as good as advertised-I was all over getting a gingerbread donut!!ย  And of course I had to have another, so I got another gingerbread and an oatmeal donut…oatmeal is healthy, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

betcha can't spot me ๐Ÿ˜›

So then I headed back home to midtown and snapped this pic from 44th and 8th…

you'd never guess that one block east lies total insanity.

ย Then I got ready to escape midtown for the evening.ย  Unfortunately, previous plans for an old friend to spend New Year’s here got canceled at the last minute, thankfully I did have backup plans!ย  My speedwork buddy EA volunteered to let me escape to her place on the UES since we were both doing the Midnight Run.ย  Pizza, champagne, gossip, no drama-exactly what I needed.ย  (well unless you count our other friend who came over for a little bit after overdulging on pomegranate martinis.)ย  So we got to the park and just like the previous year, a pretty warm night-I actually felt a little overdressed with capris under my Team Sparkle skirt.ย  (guess I shoulda gone with booty shorts instead)?ย  Yep, my “costume” for the night was a “sparkly heartbreaker”-with sparkly skirt, sparkly headband and my “Heartbreakah” shirt I got in Boston last year. ๐Ÿ™‚

So with about 15 minutes to go, tons of peeps were already lined up, but EA, ever the competitive chick, wanted to run fast which meant getting as far up as possible-we found a way to get up pretty close-could actually see the clock counting down ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And before I knew it, was midnight and we were off and running…literally.

Yep, I actually felt decent enough to make this a semi-tempo effort (might as well, considering I missed both workouts the previous week ๐Ÿ™‚ )ย  And let the record show there was no champagne consumed during those 31 and change minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It was just a nice night, people were out cheering, and my legs just wanted to go.ย  And this was over 10 minutes faster than last year!ย  granted, this is not a “race” effort, but I just remember it feeling like a struggle last year, and it was nice to get 2012 off to a good start on the running front.

that ain't water in my bottle.

So then EA and I hung around a little but after the race, scoped out the festivities, finished the champagne in our respective water bottles…and then I headed back home to Ball Drop Central.

around 1:45 am on 1/1/12. still barricades and detours around times square!

So, one week into the New Year.ย  There’s already new shoes, new goals…and this week was the first real week of my Boston Marathon training!ย  I’ll be doing 15 weeks instead of 18 weeks as I’ve done in the past, to give myself a little more recovery after NYCM and to prevent burnout.ย  We’ll see how that plays out!

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yes maybe this post is a coupla days late but I really don’t care ๐Ÿ˜›

So another New Year’s Eve down.ย  And the first time that I’m actually living near Times Square.ย  And wanted no part of the madness there.ย  Funny thing, I remember back in college really wanting to do the Times Square thing for New Year’s…never happened and as far as I am concerned, it never will (unless I’m indoors and protected from the crowds.)ย  Thankfully, the craziness didn’t make it to my block…and I found as long as I stayed west of 8th avenue (well I did actually have to leave my apartment that day to do stuff!) I was fine.ย  If anything, you couldn’t even tell that only a coupla avenues east there was a mob scene.ย  8th ave was a little crowded, but not horrible.ย  And I only had to deal with it for one block just to get to the subway to head uptown.

So once again, I would be doing the Midnight Run in Central Park.ย  But of course, it was preceded by some pregaming at a fellow Flyer‘s apartment….some Flyers and FOF’s.ย  Good chill time.ย  And yes, I am wearing my obnoxious pink CEP socks.ย  And a black and pink running skirt.ย  And a black and hot pink running top.ย  And just for the hell of it, a tiara too.ย  And what did I bring to put in my (hot pink) water bottle for “hydration” during the run?ย  Pink champagne.ย  OK, maybe I’m taking this whole hot pink thing a little too far ๐Ÿ˜›

happy new year! can we run yet?

So the crew left for the park with around 20 minutes to midnight…after a few blocks, me and Bridges Runner decided we needed to pick it up if we wanted to get to the park before midnight.ย  Which we did with a couple of minutes to spare!ย  Of course it meant we were lined up pretty far back but it was cool since we got a pretty good view of the fireworks.ย  And no one was moving in front of us so we got to enjoy them for…I guess 10 minutes?ย  Finally the crowd in front of us started to move-I bet the officials were trying to get everyone out of there as soon as possible, as the winners would be by any minute!!ย  (We crossed over 12 minutes after midnight, and the winner finished in 18 minutes and change!)

So me and Bridges Runner were just taking it easy, she snapping photos on the run too (a la crazybandanahead)…we figured our only goal would be to finish this run before 1 AM (keeping in mind we didn’t start til 12:12!) ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And it was a really nice night for running-the running skirt was good attire that nite!!ย  Can’t believe it was like 19 degrees last time I did this one a couple years ago…anyway, we had a good time, high-fiving spectators, sipping champagne out of the water bottle (that one wasย just me…lol.)ย  Coming into the finish, we heard “Eye of the Tiger” playing and sang along…and yes indeed we finished before 1 AM!!ย  And hopefully this will be the slowest 4 miler both of us will do all year ๐Ÿ™‚ย  AND I get my first race credit for 2011-score!!ย  Fun night-didn’t get to bed til like 3 or 4 AM!ย  And thankfully, Times Square was quiet by the time I got back to midtown…

love the glamour of a cosmo with a twist under the blue light

…needless to say I slept in the next day.ย  But was too “warm” to stay inside and had to go do some awards gala dress shopping, so I chose walking over the subway today.ย  Walked by Bryant Park on the way crosstown and thought I’d see how long the wait would be to go ice skating…2 hours?ย  No way!!ย  (I definitely want to go skating before it closes for the season at the end of February…just a matter of finding when there will be no wait!)ย  But I decided to stop at the bar/lounge there and have a drink with a nice 2nd floor view of the park.ย  Then more walking and dress shopping which turned out to be a success!ย  You’ll just have to wait and see what I got ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  As for Sunday, got to see the Jets win the last game of the regular season!ย  Bring on the playoffs…

So yeah…buh-bye 2010, I’m not sorry to see you go.ย  For quite a few reasons (running-related and non-running related), it was a tough year.ย  And no resolutions for 2011, as I don’t believe in them.ย  Or even saying I hope this happens and that happens…um no.ย  I remember 10 years ago saying all I wanted in 2001 was to “be happy in work, life and love.”ย  And wouldn’t you know it, 2001 turned out to be a shitstorm times infinity.ย  Learned my lesson!ย  We’ll see what this year brings…

Happy New Year!!

the (new year’s) situation

ahhh…first bloggy post of the new decade.  only took me 5 days! ๐Ÿ™‚

so where did I leave off…oh yeah…fun and drama-free New Year’s Eve.  may not scored an invite to the real big party of the night, but me and others held our own on the other side of the East River ๐Ÿ™‚  Just knockin’ back some good wine and champagne, not to mention laughing our a$$es off at the new episode of Jersey Shore.  As you can see, I couldn’t resist making a reference to “The Situation” in this post title ๐Ÿ˜›  That show is such a train wreck, but now I am unfortunately addicted.  This show definitely has the makings of inspiring another drinking game…drink whenever someone says “situation”, whenever the “duck phone” quacks, whenever one of the guys reminds us that he’s “not here to fall in love at the Jersey Shore, just here to hook up”…I’m sure there are a lot more we can think of ๐Ÿ™‚  But getting back on the topic, was a nice way to say goodbye to the old and bring in the new.  Thanks, “cool friend” ๐Ÿ˜‰

And if the last few days have been any indication…looks like 2010…well at least the winter of, is gonna be a brutal one.  Almost makes me glad that I’m not training for a spring marathon right now…or that could just be me telling myself that to make myself feel better.  Still keeping it short for now…can actually do the lower 5 loop (clockwise-don’t have the nerve to hit Cat Hill just yet) with the (sh)IT band holding up.  (And I will share again an extreme-cold weather dressing tip of mine for the ladies-running skirt (the kind with shorts instead of briefs) over tights!  It actually does work…)  And yesterday I wanted to join the Flyers for the downtown “First Monday” run (plus it’s good to get to run on the flat surface of the West Side path every now and then)  But I’m not quite up to their distance of 6-plus miles…thankfully Flyer EG also wanted to run shorter-4 and change-with me which worked out well-and we got to hit the bar first ๐Ÿ˜›  But after getting nice and warmed up indoors, getting back to the gym where my stuff was stashed was a rude awakening…brrrr!!  Man how 9 blocks seem so long…oh and being in the part of the city where numbered streets are mixed with named streets just seemed to taunt us so!!

So yeah, still just taking it day by day for now.  I do get my new orthotics later this week though…yay!!  Hoping they will help some.  Besides all that, I’ve just felt like hibernating…is it me, or does dealing with the freezing cold just suck the life out of you?

Oh-and a bloggy question for you all.  I’m pondering a switch from Blogger to WordPress (the free version).  From what I see, there seems to be more flexibility with the layouts/designs, can create pages (e.g., I can have a page for all my race reports instead of cluttering up the sidebar, or having to create a post dated way way in the past), and maybe is more stable than Blogger?  For those of you who use that/have used WordPress…or have used both Blogger and WordPress-which do you prefer/think is better and why?  Thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

a devil of a decade

Well first off, this is post #666 for me.  Hence the devil reference in the post title ๐Ÿ™‚  No, I’m not saying I’m the devil…hahahaha.

So I’m watching “I Love the New Millennium” on VH1 right now…2000 was previously on, now this hour showcases 2001.  (Update since I started writing-now it’s on 2003!  Boy this post took a long time to write…)  Holy shit-are we really on the edge of a new decade?  Was it really 10 years ago that we were all freaking out about the Y2K bug and thinking the world will come to an end on January 1, 2000? ๐Ÿ˜›  (funniest memory from that-my dad “stocking up” on 5 gallons of bottled water since apparently the Y2K bug would cause a lack of drinking water…oh the things people believed!)

Man-so much has happened this decade…if I thought 2009 was an emotional rollercoaster of sorts…well the whole decade was like the Great American Scream Machine or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚  And since VH1 is looking back…I kinda feel like doing the same.

2000-my biggest memory of this year was breaking up with my boyfriend of 2 1/2 years…which as a lot of you long-time readers know, was someone everyone expected me to marry.  But no matter how great someone may be on paper, if you grow apart and become different people during that time…staying togehter for the sake of others can never result in anything good.  So for the first time in 5 years, I was single and it was really tough…partially because most of my friends were in relationships, but also partially because I was still living at home…

2001-fell in love, only to wind up getting played.  Moved on out of the parentals house and into the city.  9/11.  Seeing how the fallout from that brought out the good in people, but also brought out the bad in other people.  We were in a changed world, no matter how you looked at it.

2002-I think this year was officially the low point of the decade for me.  Still hurting from said 2001 player.  Dealt with some cash flow issues.  A friend of my brother…well, I will not go into detail about what he tried to do to me, but let’s just say as a result of it, my brother terminated that friendship immediately.  Not one, but two roommate changes-and anyone in NYC knows how stressful it is finding a roommate!  Got laid off from my job…but thankfully I did find a new one and was only unemployed for 6 weeks.

2003-anyone else remember the blackout?  the day of my baby brother’s b-day no less…original plan was to head to NJ for a b-day dinner right after work, instead we spent it grabbing beers from some of the 3rd Ave bars and him crashing at my place.  And thanking my lucky stars that I was still living in midtown then instead of uptown…yep, 2 weeks later I had moved into my little studio apartment on the UWS.  Can’t tell you how good it felt to not have to deal with roommates.

2004-the running year, so to say.  Joined NYRR, joined the Flyers, opened up a whole new world for me.  Maybe this year was a turning point of sorts?

2005-learned and appreciated how tough it is to plan social events in NYC, thanks to my stint as Flyers’ social chair ๐Ÿ™‚  Was hoping to run my first marathon-NYC-this year, but a month into the training, a bad case of plantar fasciitis stopped me in my tracks, so to say.  And believe me, recovery was a bitch and then some ๐Ÿ™‚  And oh yeah…I discovered this little thing called blogging and thought I’d try it ๐Ÿ˜‰

2006-busy year, I remember.  Had a Flyers exec board position-Member at Large.  And let me tell you, it really made me feel good that my teammates felt I was the best one for the job.  What a difference from 10 years before-when I kept getting shot down for positions on my sorority’s exec board…i was too new, i was too shy, whatever, there was some excuse.  Met a lot more people in the running community…partially through this blogging thang ๐Ÿ˜‰ and partially because one of my goals as MAL was to enhance relations between us and other clubs…with “mixer” happy hours, post-race softball games and other things.  Hit the big 3-0 this year…yikes ๐Ÿ˜› Work kicked me in the ass this year, partially due to one project from hell, partially because we were down one man and it took over a year to find a replacement!  But despite all that, I did finally run my first marathon…and broke 4 hours ๐Ÿ™‚

2007-I think I was mentally in hibernation for a good portion of the first half of the year…yeah, work was still kicking me in the ass.  Just seemed to affect everything…my relationships, my running, as well as other things.   Things did get a little better through the spring and summer though.  Took my first real vacation in a very long time-to San Francisco…ran a half-marathon there and totally fell in love with the city…hmmm, could I maybe see myself living there someday, who knows.  (Or maybe I really needed a vacation and anything would have seemed good!)  Had my first serious relationship in years…which didn’t end on the best of terms.  Learned 2 things-a significant other must respect my friends and if I need my space after said breakup, that needs to be respected too if there is to be any chance at a friendship.

2008-is it me or did this seem like the year of Facebook?  Almost every day, a new friend request, quiz invite and my personal favorite-the “SuperPoke” ๐Ÿ˜›  Halfway through the year, got a taste of what the state of the economy would be as we were told at work that “2008 is turning into a very tough year” and that certain big events would be canceled in order to make budget, that we’d have to do without some “nice to haves”.  Running-wise, 2008 started off with a calf injury, I recovered from it and it did turn out to be my best running year in 4 years…ran 3:44 in NYCM and got goals in shorter distances that I had been chasing after for years.

2009-And so it brings us to this year.  Early months were kinda rough…close relative (my uncle) passed away…round of layoffs at work which thankfully I dodged that bullet, but me and others wound up absorbing a lot more work as a result…but at that point, just grateful to have a job.  Was vice president of the Flyers this year. The Yankees won their first World Series in 9 years!! Running-wise, was on track to have my best year yet…and it looked like not only was a BQ marathon in reach, but 3:40 was setting the bar too low.  But was stopped in my tracks at mile 21 of the Marine Corps Marathon with the infamous (sh)IT band injury.  As I said before, I am happy for the good running moments, just wish the year hadn’t ended on such a bad note.  Was in 2 serious relationships this year…and I am grateful to still be friends with both of them.  Especially the latter…us getting together did cause me to lose a friend, but I feel I got a much better one as a result.  I never thought I’d be able to just hang out with an ex over a few beers and just enjoy ourselves…but we can and we do…someone I’m very happy to have had in my life this year…and in future years too ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I’m reading over this now and thinking wow…can’t believe how much has happened in 10 years.  Even though I have said 2009 was a rough year, I will say that at the very least, this decade did end better than it started.  And have I learned anything?  Well I guess so…

Work-I felt like i worked away my 20s and don’t want to do the same with my 30s…in my early years I put in the time because I thought it would get me more money, more power…yeah, at the time I did actually like my job…but by the end of the decade I learned that all the money in the world isn’t worth it if you’re not happy, don’t feel fulfilled, don’t feel like there is a good work-life balance.  Oh yeah-and getting involved with someone at work is definitely NOT the best idea!!

Love/relationships-and on that topic…well in the beginning of the decade, with a lot of my friends having the marriage bug, I kinda wanted the same…and I know I’ve felt like that for many years too.  But I’ve been thinking about this for a good part of this year.  First off, as I have mentioned before, I really don’t like dating.  It’s more…I feel like I’m putting on an act of sorts and it just gets exhausting.  I just want to be myself…and that was a sign that my last relationship was gonna have great potential, as I never once felt like I had to act, I could totally be myself.  And I honestly don’t care that people tell me that “dating means free dinner and drinks” or something to that effect.  Seriously, I will gladly pay for my own damn dinner and drinks if it means I’m with a guy I can feel comfortable with and be myself with and enjoy myself with.  And I know I’ve said plenty of times before that I want to get married but…well as James Marsden’s character said to Katherine Heigl’s character in 27 Dresses: “I think you want a wedding-not a marriage.”  I guess now I’m feeling the opposite…like it’s more the companionship I’m seeking out instead of the shiny rings and wedding.  I do have friends who are in permanently committed relationships but havent felt the need to get married…and they are just as happy as those who have “made it official.”  Maybe I’m not making sense here…but this is always a complex topic. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well even though there are some things in my life that I do fell still need fixing…as I said before, this decade did end on a much better note than it started on…and I can only hope that will carry over into 2010.  As for tonight…I won’t be running at midnight, I won’t be smooching anybody at midnight, but I will be ringing in the new year with friends…just fun and no drama…all I can ask for.

So…long story short, I’m happy to be leaving this devil of a decade behind and can only hope for bigger and better things in the next year…or next 10 years…or more.

Happy New Year everyone!  Have fun, be safe…and talk to ya “next year”! ๐Ÿ™‚

splitting the difference-sort of

Well I figured out a compromise to my December 31st/January 1st query in my last post. I figured whatever mileage I ran to warm up can count for 12/31, then the run itself can count for 1/1. There-a little something for each day.

Yes, it really was 18 degrees. No, it wasn’t as bad as it may have sounded. Just had to layer right (running skirt over tights is a great cold-weather idea!) and was grateful for the hats we got in the swag bag this year (makes up for the ugly green shirt.) Plus I ran to the start to warm up that way. Surprisingly, saw no Flyers around. I know both that I was tentatively supposed to meet up with for the run decided to bail due to the cold…but figured there would be others. (Or am I the only crazy vain person who has to worry about fitting into her clothes?) Thanks to my trusty wireless communication device, I found out there were a few en route from the east side, but as midnight got closer I was getting too cold just standing around, and wanted to get a decent starting position so I could start running as soon as possible.
pic courtesy of moz-that's me next to him holding the champagne bottle
So I wandered over to the start and squeezed in as close to the front as possible which actually wasnt so close. And small world-there was a guy who recognized me from last year’s Need for Speed-apparently we both were supposed to run leg 9 when we got the announcement that the race was canceled. (though surprised he recognized me-after all I had a lot of clothing on now and back then I had, uh, much less on.) Unfortunately, he was running with a girl-probably a girlfriend (of course this always happens to me.)

So blah blah blah, its midnight, happy new year, fireworks go off. Cross the start within 2 minutes. And even though I didn’t race this, I didn’t exactly take it easy either…the quicker I run, the quicker I finish. And that first mile included a bit of crowding too!! Didn’t even bother stopping for “champagne” at the 2-mile point, as I carried my own in my water bottle (would you expect anything less?) At the beginning of mile 4, I spotted Moz and shouted at him. I picked up the pace a little, wanting to be done and taking advantage of the downhill. And done I was, in 33 and change minutes. Sorta uneventful, but it was 4 miles in the books for 2009. Saw Moz and some of his TRD teammates near the finish, posed for a coupla pics, chatted for a few minutes and then I wanted to get home and get inside. So that’s how I started off 2009…not really with a bang.

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And now, some venting, if you don’t want to read-please press the back button immediately. If not, hey dont say I didn’t warn you.

I swear, what is it about New Year’s Eve that always seems to accentuate how lonely I am? The fact that once again, I had no one special in my life to share last night with, to kiss at midnight, to run with me last night…it just brought to mind that even though I did have running-related successes in 2008, I failed miserably at something more important-the boyfriend department. And the fact that I had to defend to my mom on the phone yesterday why I was still doing the run when it was cold out, why I didn’t get invited to any NYE parties, why I have to do things by myself…yeah, you can understand why I was crying by the time I got off the phone. Seriously, is it my fault that all my friends are in relationships and I’m left out in the cold? I’m sick of her and others saying “oh you never know, you’ll find someone…” I call BS on that. It’s easy to say that when you were married with 2 kids when you were my age-they don’t know what it’s like, how hard it is. I’m realistic, I know I don’t have too many good years left-and at this point, I only see a guy being interested in me if he isn’t looking to start a family-because at my age, I don’t know what my options are. And believe me, again, it’s not that I’m not trying…I guess all in all, I really feel like I’m “on the outs.” And I swore to myself years ago I wouldn’t let myself be in this situation again, feeling like the only single person…

Yeah I know, I ran a great marathon, I had a good running year, etc…but what did I ultimately sacrifice for that? And if I want to qualify for Boston this year…do I need to sacrifice that again? So confused…(or maybe I need to stop watching Sex and the City…)

so where should the miles really count?

So I sit here duping my 2008 excel running log and updating it for 2009 (yeah I still use Excel, I’m kinda sorta old-school like that). The first entry will be all too soon as I plan to do the Midnight Run tonite. But I’ve wondered, what day should those miles honestly count for? December 31st or January 1st?

A look back at the previous times I did the Midnight Run tells me that I counted it for December 31st one time, and January 1st the other time. So who knows which is right!! At any rate, what I know will happen is that I will be freezing my a$$ off tonite. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve been a pretty sporatic blogger lately, the end-of-year slowdown is not only hitting the office but outside of work too. Not much to report except the fact that I was able to hook up my new HDTV (a Hanukkah gift) all by myself. Don’t ask me why I’m proud of that, but I am ๐Ÿ˜› (of course, I didn’t have much of a choice…it’s not like I can do what my mom does and tell my dad to set it up…gotta get used to not being able to depend on someone else.) Only speed bump I have now is my DVR-I have to do the switcharoo to an HD-DVR but don’t want to lose all the programs I have saved-anyone know how I can save DVR’ed programs to my computer or to DVD?

Ok enough rambling for now. Happy 2009…

2008-off and running

in my midnight run getup and tiara

is this 4-day weekend over already? can it really be time to go back to work tomorrow? man, time sure flies when you’re having fun…

so I did do the Midnight Run to kick off the new year. Beforehand, went to a pre-party at DM’s apartment along with some other Flyers and FOF’s. Some highlights of the pre-party:

  • everyone getting quizzed about if they knew of a certain 70’s metal band. only one other person said yes.
  • me bringing up yankees.com on the computer. my reasoning… “oh yeah, i saw some spyware-like thingie with a mets logo, i need to fix it” :-p
  • our hostess’ official stuffed bear being given beer and photographed with it
  • lots of good music, from the 80s to the JT-era
  • lots of wine and champagne
  • lots of laughs and fun

(Ok…i guess the first few, you had to be there to appreciate.)

Some others stayed behind to kick off the new year indoors, but a bunch of us (including Crazy Bandana-head) headed to the park to start the new year running. We made it there with barely enough time to get to the start…but its not like we were racing this or anything! :-p None of us were really in costume, though i added a running skirt to my ensemble, and all the girls in our group were wearing “happy new year” tiaras. While we lost Crazybandanahead and one other before the start, the remaining 5 of us stayed together for the whole 4 miles and had a good time…running easy, hi-fiving spectators, blowing on noisemakers, sipping champagne out of water bottles (oh wait…that last one was just me :-p )

this morning, i meant to join the flyers for a morning run, but the rain, and the fact that i didnt get to sleep til after 3 led to that not happening. did join them for brunch at Arte Cafe (though i was limited to only 1 Bellini, as they dont have the unlimited brunch drinks during the week!) but crashed afterwards, so a run today didn’t happen!! (actually-do i count the midnight run as mileage on 12/31 or 1/1? hmmm…)

so, a good start to the year so far, hopefully will lead to a decent year. or at least a better one than 2007, which i wasn’t sorry to say goodbye too. though i will admit, even though 2007 started off extremely rocky, at least it didn’t end that way…

and resolutions? sorry. don’t believe in em :-p

now playing: “pocketful of sunshine” ~ natasha bedingfield