STOCKTON – The closest thing for me to making a New Year resolution was to actually do the 8th annual Resolution Run hosted by Fleet Feet.
I was among those who gathered at Lincoln Center and braved the cold and chilly conditions of this New Year’s Eve event formerly known as the Pajama Run.
But before I go forward let me backtrack.
My change in lifestyle started back in June 2009 where I happened along a spin class that later segued into a variety fitness classes including Pilates and yoga. I was able to incorporate those elements into actually riding (road bike) and hiking.
Variety is a spice of life.
Riding and hiking eventually led me back to some running.
This past summer, I met Karen Workman, who was a longtime runner not to mention a participant in one of Fleet Feet’s training programs (more on that), through a mutual friend. We eventually became riding partners and it was she who finally got me to run outside the comforts of a treadmill.
Fitness is now part of my lifestyle. It’s also important part of an aging body, which, as we may or may not know, changes every seven years. Based on that, I’ve had to adjust my workouts along with diet – the latter is easier said than done – over time. I recently noticed a weight loss.
So here we were at the starting line in front of Fleet Feet as 2012 came winding down, with cold temperatures somewhere in the 30s for the Resolution Run, a family-friendly event.
Tony Vice, who, along with his wife Natalie, has owned the business since 2005, counted down to New Year as runners took their mark for the two-mile loop around the interior of the north Stockton shopping center to the nearby neighborhood.
At the stroke of midnight, we were off and running.
Vice, meanwhile, is a former rugby player. He’s transitioned his competitive nature into a passion for doing triathlons, marathons, half marathons, and ultra marathons (50-mile races).
He and wife Natalie, who is a student of the Running for Women program, conduct an eight-week training program for newcomers to those looking to get back into running. Tony Vice, in fact, described his various endeavors at Fleet Feet as “not a job but a passion of commitment.”
The Resolution Run still featured runners in their pajamas, with $100 prize going to the participant with the best pajama.
Prizes were aplenty as Fleet Feet folks gave away $2,000 worth of goods, from certificates to go toward a new running shoe to shoe bags and other goodies via drawing. Hot chocolate, coffee, and treats were also provided.
Fleet Feet is again planning the Resolution Run for next year.
My impression of the Resolution Run was fun and healthy alternative to any wild, crazy, and costly New Year’s Eve bash.
It also gave me a leg up on any fitness challenges for 2013. On top of that, I came away with some nice prizes and memories to cherish.
— VINCE REMBULAT
209 staff reporter