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Happy 2017 + Midnight Run

Running the Midnight Run has turned into a nice little tradition of sorts. The Midnight Run, in case you don’t know, is a New York Road Runners’ 4 mile race in Central Park on December 31st, at 11:59 pm. There are fireworks right at the start, they lasted about 14 minutes, and apple cider in the Mile 2 water station. There is also a dance party, festival and fun stuff. My husband and I are not big party people so this fits us really well. Plus, we can walk home right after!

The 31s started with some packing (we are moving in a few days, still the Upper East Side, so don’t worry!) and then work. Yes, I choose to work on the 31st because I can’t say no to NYRR! Just check out this team. Plus we were all running!

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from left/top: Caitlin, Jess, Isabel, Kevin, Claudia, Stacey, Nora, Hope, Jose, Elliott, me and Bobby

A few times that night, Bobby and I did a few course strategy sessions for the race at the Run Center. It was quite funny. There were a few first timers and we tried to not scare them about Cat Hill 😉

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newly married Maggie and Daniel, picking up their bibs!

Juan came by and by 11:20 we left the Run Center, and run to the race start in Central Park! We left out bags, got to the corral, saw a million people we knew and waiting for the gun at 11:59! Then the fireworks started so we went a little to the side to watch them… Juan actually made a cool video which I need to figure how to import, but it was so much fun. I love fireworks so much, maybe a bit more than running…

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HAPPY 2017 GUYS!!!!

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Amazing Shot by Ben Ko. Masterpiece. Juan is right on my side with his Ironman hat!!

Juan was just running with me, so my pace didn’t matter. And I was taking it as a tempo, as I had had few weeks off, no warm up, and LOTS of food at work… The beginning was a bit rough because we started way because we were watching the fireworks, the opening mile was passing a lot of people. Mile 2 was the warm up, Mile 3 had a bit of apple cider and I was starting to feel out my pace and feeling warmed up. Mile 4 felt good, and I really pushed in the last quarter.

Finish time was my slowest 4 miler in years but I still got in 5th in my AG. I usually do these 4 milers in 28:00 (7 flat pace). Had I raced, I would have won the AG, which is CRAY CRAY!

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I was SO HOT. It was the hottest new years ever. Had I not gone to work and planned this, I would have worn shorts and singlet. But I was wearing my subzero tights and I was a hot sweaty mess. oh well.

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Finish line sweaty shot.

Stats Time!

Finish time: 30:30. Average Pace: 7:38

Previous PR: 28:00. From: June, 2015

Age Grading: 64.98%

Overall Place: 256 of 4,963

Gender Place: 50 of 2,786

Age Place: 5 of 291

We then went dancing a little… just a little

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No shots with our friends… we forgot? Then it started raining so we jogged it home. I always love running past the Met with their new front… it’s just gorgeous, mostly at night when it’s empty.

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I went to sleep at 2:30 am. Which is INSANE to me.  Such a cool way to start the year.

Wishing you all the best for 2017.  Lots of LOVE and miles and smiles. Liz

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Happy New Year! (Midnight Run Pictures)

Last year, we started the year doing the NYRR Midnight Run, which was sooo much fun! This year we decided to skip the run because the gear logistics seemed too complicated for us to figure out.  Either we overdress so we don’t freeze before and after (which we did last year, we even left overcoats in baggage) and are too warm during the run, or we dress ok for the run but we freeze before and after. So, to avoid having to think, we run earlier and showed up to the prerace for the party, to watch the race and the fireworks.

It was amazing.

We got there almost right at 12. We saw the start of the race, we were just about 200 meters from the start right on top of the Bethesda Fountain, and guess what, the fireworks were right on top of us. Amazing. 14 minutes of fireworks, 14 minutes of people starting, and as soon as the fireworks ended we walked back a few meters to watch the finish. Then we went back to the main area, danced a little, and headed home. The park, empty, at 2 am, is just pure GLORY.

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Have the best 2015!

 

NYRR New Year’s Eve Midnight Run: Freezing/Fun way to start the Year!

It was December 31st, 2013 and at around 9 pm we started the whole process of getting dressed to go out. This wasn’t a “I am gonna wear my most fabulous”-getting-dressed -frenzy all over the apartment as it usually happens right before the end of the year. This was a “how many more layers can I manage to move to put on and still be able to bend my legs to run?” hour long debacle. We wore it all. We were going to be out there for 2 or 3 hours, and this is what the electronics spit out:

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If I am going for a run, I will wear layers of dri-fit. If I am not going to run, well, warm clothes…. but this would be both… I decided to skip all running clothes and go with the warmest stuff I could think of, that would still let me move. Two pairs of tights, an underarmour heat layer, more layers, a goose feather jacket and all the night lights I had. Plus my new Brooks Pure Flow 3. We had even bought night sticks and finger leds… We looked ridiculous. Luckily, we love that.

As we’re a bit over a mile away from the start, we run to the park to get there. What a surprise to see Fred Lebow all dressed up of the occasion! Festive Fred!

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So cute. I tried running. My lungs were frozen… It hurt. Then we did this little jog so we wouldn’t sweat and then had to be out there all wet. Got there soon enough. The music was SO loud! there were TONS of people…. Tons! There were lights and people dressed up… a very festively event!

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We put our over jackets in baggage and went to meet up with Elaine and Tom. Meeting people there is NOT easy. Note for next year, meet people BEFORE you go into the park… We took some pictures so we wouldn’t freeze. It was like 10:30 when we got there and we still had an hour and a half to start running… let’s not freeze, let’s not freeze…

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oh yes, I also had a pink tiara, which would prove to be not so aerodynamiky to run with!

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Midnight Glowy Runners!

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Elaine and I had decided to wear our tutus. Because there was no time (or intention!!) to figure out costumes but this is better than nothing!

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Tom, Elaine, me and Juan. Glowing in the dark!

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We met up with other friends, Michelle, Kat, and Joe, and here is just a few shots!

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Soon ehought it was 11:50 and we HAD to rush to the corrals! I am also not sure how we forgot we had to head over there… At 12, the race started, and there were FIREWORKS!!!!

OMG I LOVE FIREWORKS!

and. OMG. FIREWORKS IN CENTRAL PARK… that’s just the most amazing thing in the most amazing place.

and. OMG. FIREWORKS IN CENTRAL PARK while I am RUNNING. emmm; PERFECTION

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Photo Credit: Ben Ko.

I lost all excitement to run and wanted to stay there and STARE. mouth open and all. If there’s fireworks, I AM A CHILD.

Oh well. We run. It was fun. A lot of runners were wearing costumes. There was a LOT of people  in the park spectating and cheering looking at the fireworks so it felt more crowded than a regular race. We had a very easy pace so it was just fun really, I wish I could all races like that…. HA

Soon, we had done a mile (in like 12 minutes or something!) and we went by Fred again. We attempted a shot but it was CROWDED and I was scared for my life while taking the shot so it came out like CRAP:

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Tom, Elaine, Juan, Kat, Michelle, and Joe. And Frrrrred behind!

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Kay, ours came out nice… thanks Tom!

We kept running, slowly, and by Mile 2 we were starting to warm up. There was a PARTY on the transverse!!!! It was crazy, at least for me, as I haven’t gone to a club in like… 5 years? They were handing out cider, which I grabbed, though I didn’t like it, and then there was this tunnel of lights and sound and smoke… Like when you are 14 and going dancing is fun. Now, I see smoke and I freak out. I am OLD. Sorry. But I tried to pretend I was young again for those 10 seconds!

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Nice shot by Ben Ko! I saw him on the side taking pics and went to hug him and he got this shot. Here you can appreciate the awesome tights I had bought the previous week and used to go out the night before… and then for a run. I am getting my bucks worth! HI BEN!

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Of course then everyone stopped and we JUMPED. Photo Credit: Ben Ko

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Soon, very soon, we were back in the 72nd transverse and it was over. I thought about running past it, but our friends were going to stay. We had to recover our jackets, run home… so we just zipped to the finish!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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We didn’t even come close to a PR. I think I actually doubled my time!!! But… we know that is not what matters, right? 50 minutes!

A few more shots by the finish, some ate some bagels, I couldn’t even think of putting anything cold close to me. Water was frozen so we just kissed everyone, a few more pics, and we loved starting the year like this: outside, cold, with fireworks, 5000 friends, photos, tutus, runners, fred Lebow, and in the middle of the dark Central Park. I had wanted to do that for a few years, and as I am always in Argentina for the holidays, I hadn’t been able to. All worth the wait.

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We? We had 5 miles in, a drop of cider, a lot of smiles, shiny warm outfits, and a midnight run high. Way to start the year.

how do you finish/start the year? with a run?!?!?!

363 days ago, I went to sign up for an 8k race, in Buenos Aires, and met a guy at registration. The race, San Silvestre, Buenos Aires, 8K is on the 31st and I always found it fitting to close the year with a race! A few months later, the same guy was all up and moved to NYC and we got married a couple of months later, probably a wedding PR! (Single ladies, this means: enjoy your time alone TODAY because you never know what(/who!) is around the corner!!)

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This 31st, I am not going to Argentina as I always do, so we are running the NYRR Midnight Run Presented by Emerald Nuts 4M. I think it can be some kind of tradition that we do a race on the 31st. I would really like it.

Hope you have a wonderful start to 2014 and an amazing year! And make sure you create at least one little tiny tradition today or tomorrow of doing something you like!

And, no. Before you even ask. I would never ever ever even consider go watch that ball drop in Times Square. Hell No.