Thursday, January 01, 2009


What's the best way to spend one of the coldest New Years Eves in NYC history? Running of course! :-0

Katie and I had an awesome time participating in the NY Road Runners Emerald Nuts 4-mile Midnight run!

First requirement, train. Well Katie doesn't need to, but I had been running since Thanksgiving in order to assure that I didn't start 2009 with a ride in an ambulance. (Mission accomplished:-))

Second requirement, costumes. Katie had the great idea that we should be pigs in a blanket. Artist Mom hooked us up with pig ears on a pink hat, a pig nose, pipe cleaner tail and brown felt blanket. We decided that any costume involving a blanket was a practical choice for such an evening and pigs are good luck. Guess you could say we were lucky piggies to be in a blanket!

Requirements 3-5, layers and layers and layers. We both wore 2 pairs of tights, 4 tops and 2 hats. Add a foam New Years Eve 2009 crown and a glowing necklace and we were set.

Fireworks marked midnight and the beginning of the race. We were slow through the start but the walkers and runners got into a good rhythm as we snaked through the park.

Around mile 1 we came across CNN's Gary Tuckman who was running and reporting. We ran behind him for a while hoping for our 15 minutes (seconds) but he seemed to be waiting for the broadcast to go live to him. (Wait just a New York minute, I just realized he got bib #2009. Coincidence? I think not!)

Next, we headed west at the 102nd street transverse. And before we knew it we were at the water station where the water in the cups had frozen solid.

Luckily the Martinelli's cider was just slushy so we pulled off to the side and toasted 2009! As the midtown skyline began to appear between the trees, more fireworks briefly illuminated the night sky. Continuing on, we knew we were getting close to the finish when we noticed the boat basin to our left.

We finished in 43 minutes and kept right on walking to the subway. Got cold pretty darn quickly once we stopped running.

So we started 2009 on a (runners) high note. Hope the fun continues.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like great fun. Now you have something on Uncle Dave. Next you take part in his Ice Cream Run. No hot cider served however, only Moomers Ice Cream.

Love G&G

6:22 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I think NYC needs an ice cream mile!!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. Happy New Year!!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow! What a fun way to usher in the new year! Have a great 2009!

9:12 AM  

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