I wrote on the weightwatchers.com blog about how I would be finishing out 2011/starting out 2012 with a fun run in Central Park. The run actually started at midnight on New Year's Eve, so I spent the day doing what I would normally do on a Saturday - weights class at the Y, some shopping & cleaning and a bike ride. But I tried to take it easy so I'd have energy for the run. After all, I'm normally in bed by midnight and I've never run that late before.
So what to do to unwind before hand? Oh, I know - why don't I meet up with William (aka #SourBalls) in Manhattan for a post Happy Birthday/pre Happy New Year's hello? Around 9pm I got into my running clothes -
|can't forget my Happy New Year light up headband!|
I hopped on the B62 bus...
One stop later, I was at Essex and walking to East 4th St to meet William. On my way, I realized I'd be passing by Cake Shop, where DJ/Comedian/all around rad chick and Weight Watchers superstar, Rachel (aka @Popjew) was working. I haven't seen her much lately so I wanted to stop in and say hello. Look at her now - she's now down over 50 pounds and looks incredible!
|I'm so happy for you Rachel, I love seeing that smile on your face!|
|William being William (note: his hands were not actually on me - they were inches from me. this is his favorite shot, naturally)|
|J Hud looks amazing! I forgot what she used to look like.|
So William and I went back to drinking our beer...
|holy drunk eyes, batman!|
|I checked in on Untappd and got a NYE badge. I don't know why William thought this was an appropriate response, but he told me to photograph it, so there you go.|
|Self portrait with noise maker and beer|
|William's beautiful cousin and friends, all with Happy New Year tiaras.|
|drinking and stretching|
|There were costumes everywhere you looked|
|I have no idea what these costumes are. (I've been informed they are "Angry Birds" - thanks!)|
|I was a little jealous - I tried earlier in the day to buy a pink tutu but arrived at Capezio just as they closed (early close for New Year's Eve)|
|This is the crowd ahead of me waiting to run. You can't even see the starting line from here!|
(Note: Because it was so dark, many of the photos you are about to see below are blurry.)
Here's a little video of the fireworks:
I had turned on the lights on my headband and tried to capture some of the fireworks behind me. You get the idea...
We were treated to an impressive array of professional fireworks for at least ten minutes. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be as grand as it was.
I snapped this photo of runners/celebrators as they posed for someone else -
|Runners & Revelers|
|So many spectators watched and cheered us on!|
|Great signs, guys! Thank you!!|
|I honestly don't ever think I've seen so many spectators at a run in Central Park - this is just a handful I captured|
|the woman was running with a dog on her left but it's obscured by her body. The man's shirt says Go Vegan in 2012.|
|My curl looks great here!|
|I wish I had been able to get a clear shot of this group. The back of their t-shirts spelled "2012!"|
|There was a costume contest before the run so there were plenty of people running in unconventional outfits|
|Another shot I wish was more clear - the NYC skyline from within Central Park. Simply gorgeous!|
|I love that this guy was just standing there, facing the runners and clapping for us. I high-fived him as I passed.|
|NYRR should have a champagne table at every event!|
|I stopped for a moment to drink my champagne toast for the New Year!|
After finally going to the bathroom, I made my way to the baggage area and saw that familiar "Black Girls Run!" logo on a few ladies T-shirts. I know one member of that group, Florence, so I asked the other members for her, but she was not there. However, her friends were more than nice to me - telling me they knew who I was and love my blog. And they even posed for a photo with me! Thank you ladies and happy new year!
|Can I be an honorary black girl? :)|
But now I'm on my way out to try my other new running shoes. Let's see how these treat my feet...
Happy New Year, everyone!