And so, 2012 is gone and 2013 is here. Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you made it to the new year relatively unscathed after a night of revelry and fun. I ended up enjoying a fairly relaxed and quiet night with my friends Steph and Alek and welcomed the new year in comfort and peace. I managed to squeeze one last run before the end of the year yesterday afternoon and then last night, supped and celebrated with my friends. I am happy to report that it was a good night … for which I am very thankful.
My first race of 2013 will take place Saturday night in DTLA so I have to get back into the swing of running again. I went out for a quick 3 mile run yesterday and I’m planning to go for a longer run tomorrow. I ended 2012 having run 457 miles, including my training runs and races. That’s like running from LA to Las Vegas and back. Not too shabby, I think. Let’s see how many miles I can run in 2013 ;)
Last night, I was invited to spend New Year’s Eve with Steph and Alek in their home. They invited another friend over to celebrate and we supped on a delicious meal and popped some champagne as we counted down to midnight twice … once for the East Coast and once for the West Coast:
We enjoyed a French “log” cake and then ate 12 grapes for a prosperous new year. These are both NYE traditions that I’ve never done before but it was nice to share the moment with these great friends.
I couldn’t help but dwell a bit on the fact that last night was my first NYE as a solo man in 6 years and, while difficult, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I hate that I can’t look back on 2012 and really celebrate the year. It started out as the happiest year ever and ended as the unhappiest … but there were so many great moments in 2012 that I will always remember and cherish, someday. I was able to celebrate with 8 sets of friends who got married last year … that’s a whole lotta love, definitely worth remembering. I found and hired Shannon to write for the blog and I think every single one of you will can acknowledge that she has added so much to Pink is the New Blog. We are all so lucky to have her. I started my life as a runner, something that completely shocks me still to this day. I ended up running a 5K, 4 10Ks, 4 half marathons and 1 full marathon all in the span of just 8 months. And yes, I got engaged to the love of my life. It’s going to be a very long time for me to be able to really look back fondly on that happy moment considering the fact that my 6 1/2 year relationship came to a sudden end this Fall but logically, I must acknowledge that at the time, it was the happiest moment of my life. But that part of my life is over. I will never truly understand why things ended they way they did but I do know that life turns out the way it’s supposed to turn out.
Every day is still very hard for me. There are so many little things that slap me in the face just when I’m able to forget for a minute. Something as simple as changing the bed sheets reminds you that you don’t have someone on the other side of the bed to help you put on the fitted sheet and tuck in the corners. Pulling out clothes from the closet that remind you of a trip you took with your partner or hearing a special song accidentally on the radio … these things happen all the time. I know eventually they will happen less and less and life will go on but, man, do they really suck when they happen in the immediate now. I never dreamed on January 1, 2012 that my life would be so different on January 1, 2013 but I’m going to try and be as hopeful as possible that somewhere between today and January 1, 2014 my life will be very different again, possibly for the much better and happier.
I’m also a little astounded that I’m moving into another year of blogging with all y’all. I look forward to fun times ahead to share with all of you and I wish each and every one of you the happiest of new years. We don’t know what 2013 will bring but we will find out together. Happy January! Love to you all.