Bright lights! Big city!

Hello From Vermont!

Date: August 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 5

Hello from the Green Mountain State!

This is the third (and final!) state on our Annual Tour de New England. First, Brian, Ellie, and I spent a few days in Massachusetts to celebrate my niece’s second birthday.

Cheesing with the birthday girl!

Cheesing with the birthday girl!

Then, we had a brief “layover” in New Hampshire, where we stayed with my parents and, obviously, made some time for outlet shopping and lunch at Ruby Tuesday.

My mom bought Ellie her own little pool. She loved it.

My mom bought Ellie her own little pool. She loved it.

Now we’re in Waterbury, VT, for a week, where Brian will embark on his four-day cycling stage race starting Friday.

I love coming up here every year. We stay in this big house on a farm with horses and a mini horse like Li’l Sebastian and all of Brian’s teammates. It’s always a nice break from the norm, and this year is especially fun because we have Ellie in tow, and she’s loving all the space and greenery and off-leash opportunities.

Ellie and her spandexed friends.

Ellie and her spandexed friends.

So that’s what’s new right this second. And here’s what’s new beyond that…

EATING: Lots of nuts!

Thanks to nuts.com. The very kind people at nuts.com saw that I’m trying to snack smarter during marathon training, so they sent me a whole bunch of their most delicious nuts. Naturally I immediately devoured the sweetest ones, like the cocoa dusted almonds, but I’m also enjoying the regular [healthy] roasted varieties, too. Check ’em out.

My attempt at a nice photo of nuts.

My attempt at a nice photo of nuts.

RACING: The Newport Liberty Half!

I’ve always wanted to run this race, which is touted as being flat and fast and on the water with killer views of the NYC skyline. Now that I’m a Jersey Girl, this race is a logistical breeze! (Though it’s a logistical breeze no matter where you live, since it’s super PATH-accessible.) I’ll be doing a few warm-up miles to get to the race, making this a sort of long run tempo effort — or something like that. TBD.

Bright lights! Big city!

Bright lights! Big city!

RUNNING: Around the island of Manhattan!

Well, I’m not. But my friend Liysa is. She organized this run — called No Manhattan Is An Island — and you should check it out. Read her story, and join her for some of the 30+ miles (or all of them!). All proceeds benefit The Herren Project.

LAUGHING: At this.

LOLOLOLOL

LOLOLOLOL

WATCHING: THIS. 

TESTING: My blood!

I finally tried InsideTracker, and I just got my results and am super excited to share them. That’ll be a separate post. But get ready to learn so much about my biomarkers and my cortisol levels and stuff!

I even got a cool Band-Aid!

I even got a cool Band-Aid!

TRAVELING: Quite a bit this month. 

After this whirlwind tour of the northeast, I’m back home for two days before jetting off to west coast. You’ve heard that the original Broadway cast of Newsies is reuniting for one night only, and that they’re taping the performance to show it in theaters next year, right? Well they are. And I’m going to the taping. For work. My job is hard.

Then I’m back from L.A. for a week before heading to Paris! Paris will be a true unplugged vacation, which Brian and I both need. Any recommendations for things to do, places to eat, champagne to drink? I have a list of things I want to see and do, but it’s a pretty basic, touristy list. Feel free to provide expert advice, particularly regarding where to get the best pain au chocolat.

LOVING: Washing my face. 

I finally sucked up my fear of having my face touched and got a facial. It was strange. But I invested in three products because apparently my nightly routine of “furiously rubbing my eyelids with water until my mascara is mostly gone” isn’t an appropriate skincare regimen. So I bought this cleanser (which I use daily), this exfoliant (which I use every few days), and this moisturizer (because it has SPF in it, and that’s responsible). It all smells so good, and I’m obsessed with washing my face now.

NOT LOVING: That my stomach has felt like absolute garbage this week.

I’m trying not to over-think it or panic, but I have also felt these feelings before and I’m slightly terrified. Ugh.

So here is a picture of Ellie going grocery shopping.

Probs gonna buy string cheese and deli turkey.

Probs gonna buy string cheese and deli turkey.

And here is a photo of me doing a headstand, thinking my toes were almost touching my head. Turns out, they weren’t. Like…at all.

GOOD TRY, THO.

GOOD TRY, THO.

Finally, here is Ellie meeting our new neighbor, Toby.

TRIED TO PUT HIM IN MY POCKET FOR SAFE-KEEPING. Didn't work.

TRIED TO PUT HIM IN MY POCKET FOR SAFE-KEEPING. Didn’t work.

YOUR TURN! Fill in one of the blanks, please. I like it when we catch up and learn about each other and share our secrets and stuff. 

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OH THIS IS NICE.

New York City Marathon Training: Week 6

Date: August 29, 2016 at 8:36 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 13

This week was pretty status quo as far as training goes. I rode my bike twice, did yoga twice, and hit my highest mileage week so far. I foam rolled more than once (OK, only twice, but still), dealt with a […]

 
SAME.

New York City Marathon Training: Week 5

Date: August 22, 2016 at 7:08 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 16

Week 5 of marathon training was a week. It was just…a week. An emotional one, a stressful one, a not-feeling-like-myself one. It was also the first week that I felt like marathon training really started to catch up to me. I […]

 
Ellie would sleep until 10 AM every day if we would let her...

How To Wake Up For Morning Workouts

Date: August 18, 2016 at 8:06 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 27

“How do you wake up so early to run?” It’s a question I’m asked fairly often. And, as someone who writes about health and fitness, I’ve written the “How to Become a Morning Runner” article more than once. Everyone wants […]

 
I WANNA SEE YOU BE BRAVE.

The Inaugural Brooklyn Mile Recap

Date: August 16, 2016 at 11:51 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 10

On Sunday, I ran my first-ever mile race — the inaugural Brooklyn Mile! I was irrationally nervous about this race all week. Every time I would go on the race page, I would get a knot in my stomach — […]

 
Track Tuesday is my favorite day.

New York City Marathon Training: Week 4

Date: August 15, 2016 at 6:06 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 18

Hello from the other side of my fourth week of New York City Marathon training! We are officially 12 weeks out from Race Day, which seems…soon. Holy cow. Week 4 marked another really solid week of training for me. My […]

 
Ellie is going to start training this week, too! Her race is in October!

New York City Marathon Training: Week 3

Date: August 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 24

Week 3 of New York City Marathon training was great! I loved Week 3! My third week of training consisted of two well-executed (and hard) workouts, a fun long run, and one delicious ice cream cone. I was working at […]

 
Smiles and sweaty girls a-plenty.

My Running Must-Haves

Date: August 5, 2016 at 10:09 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 18

Now that marathon training is ramping up, I find myself constantly turning to the same few, tried-and-true items I swear by when it comes to running. I’m a pretty firm believer that we as humans — especially in 2016 — […]

 
NP women!

NYRR Team Championships 2016 Recap

Date: August 3, 2016 at 10:36 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 6

I ran the NYRR Team Championships race on Saturday. The short: It was very hot, it was very humid, and I did not run my best, most well-executed race. I feel meh about it. I’m not necessarily disappointed, but I do […]

 
It wasn't until the end of the workout that we realized we were wearing all the colors of the rainbow. I dubbed this photo "RUNbow Brite." GET IT?

New York City Marathon Training: Week 2

Date: August 1, 2016 at 11:30 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 16

Well…Week 2 of New York City Marathon training was not the best. There was nothing particularly wrong or damaging, but I [again] didn’t prioritize strength training or foam rolling, I ate a lot of junk, and my runs were more meh […]

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