On New Year’s Day, I ran in the inaugural NYC Commitment Day– a 5K run/walk that is put on in 30 major cities across the US, to foster an idea that I love:
“Commitment Day is a way to get people moving and excited about starting 2013 with a renewed commitment to living a healthy and active life, instead of simply making resolutions.”
I wasn’t planning on participating. I haven’t run at all except for a few very short sessions on a treadmill since the NYC Triathlon. However, one of my favorite fitness partners in crime, Julia from FitJourney, did want to do it and was already signed up. After a few days of being on the fence, I realized that I really wanted to be there for my friend’s very first race and to get back into running myself. I really needed to just start running again…to remember that I could and to not over-think it, because really, I was just focused on being there to support my friend. Of course, no surprise at all, but Julia killed it. She was steady and kept going, which really is the key to any race. Turns out, I needed the Commitment Day run too – I needed to remember that you just have to keep going.
New Year’s Day was REALLY cold. That morning, I bundled up and met Julia at Pier 84 to kick off 2013 right. If it hadn’t been for Julia’s drive to run her first race, there was no way I would have run that morning because really, I just can’t motivate myself to run when it’s that cold – but I am so glad I did! It was a great crowd filled with all levels of runners – from those that walked the majority of the time to the ones that sprinted and everything in between. There were so many groups and individuals supporting one another. It was an inspiring event, being a part of so many people committing to a healthier year ahead, for themselves and for each other. It was awesome to be there and run with Julia, but my favorite part was seeing how supportive her husband and daughter were. They made an awesome sign (which they sweetly included me on) and so loudly cheered for her. They cheered at the start, took a cab down to cheer at the halfway point and then back again to cheer at the finish line. It was awesome. It’s funny… it is so easy to forget how much support means in doing something big…
In the last year, I’ve met so many amazing people who inspire me and make me more determined to work harder and get better. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the New Year than to get run with one of them.
2013 is going to be a kickass year and I can’t wait to see what it holds!